Verskotzi “Sleepless One” Video


CD Release Show 12.18.14 @ The Turf Club.

Verskotzi “Waving” EP Coming Soon…

Verskotzi CD release poster

The Great Depression “In A Starry State” Now Available!

The Great Depression recorded their first LP in 1995 after being invited to quit their day jobs and spend a summer at the luxuriously isolated (some say haunted) Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. They continue to convene in Cannon Falls for long stretches of sonic exploration and revelry.

Over the years, they released three widely acclaimed recordings, ‘Unconscious Pilot’, ‘Preaching to the Fire’ and ‘Prefix EP’ via the infamous Fire Records of London.

Todd Casper spent ten years in Copenhagen writing music for Scandinavian film and television. He also wrote music for Tivoli Gardens (the music continues to play every day in the world famous park) as well as the background music for several Lars Von Trier interviews. In the fall of 2013, Casper and Sigmeth spent 3 months in Hollywood scoring the hip Amazon comedy series, BETAS.

After eight years apart, The Great Depression decided to pursue the muse again. The result was ‘In a Starry State,’ a Science Fiction romance that evokes a telepathic girl from a parallel universe named Psirene and finds the band on a search for lost Gnostic wisdom deep in the woods where the sky is alive and magic is afoot…

A corresponding short film can be found at:

Todd Casper – voices, electric & acoustic guitar, piano
Tom Cranley – bass, synthesizers, programming voices
Chadwick Nelson – drums, programming
Brent Sigmeth – electric guitar, pedal steel, engineering
Wendy Lewis – backing voices

Produced by The Great Depression
(Todd Casper, Tom Cranley, Chadwick Nelson, Brent Sigmeth, with Wendy Lewis)
Recorded and mixed at Littlebig Studio by Brent Sigmeth
Mastered at Magneto Mastering by David Gardner

More “Lemon Heart” CD!


Another batch of 1,000 units. Congrats Verskotzi!

The Small Cities live at Amsterdam!


Saturday September 20th @ 8pm
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6th St W at Wabasha St N, St. Paul, MN 55102

With Beasthead, Holly Hansen and Secret Stash DJ Will Gilbert!

What you are is out of sight.



The Small Cities on MTV’s Teen Mom 2

Tune in to season 5 episode 19 of MTV’s Teen Mom 2 to hear the songs “Wonder Years” and “Abraham” by The Small Cities. Congrats guys!

the small cities 01 300dpi photo by Josie St. Peter

Verskotzi on MTV’s Catfish!

Check out episode 307 of Catfish on MTV to hear the song “Diamond Ring” by Verskotzi. Pay attention when Solana talks to Nev and Max about meeting Elijah for the first time.

Princess Records signs Verskotzi!


Lemon Heart
@ ICEHOUSE  (2528 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis)
$8     11pm     21+

01. Luck
02. Brain Rack
03. Heartless Songs
04. 8th Street Train
05. Burnt Yuppies
06. Honey
07. Blue
08. The Flying Piano
09. Abandoned Love
10. Diamond Ring

FCC Clean

Photography by Gretchen Burkhart
Album Art/Design by Jon Hunt
Mixed by Brent Sigmeth
Mastered by Dave Gardner

Acoustic and Rhythm Electric Guitars by Joey Verskotzi
Lead and Rhythm Electric Guitars by Izaac Burkhart
Bass by Ian Allison (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10) and by Izaac Burkhart (track 6)
Drums by Grady Kenevan (tracks 1, 3, 4, 9, 10) and by Izaac Burkhart (tracks 2, 6, 8)
Cello arrangement and performance by Dan Lawonn (track 7)
Guest Vocals by Holly Hansen of Zoo Animal (track 9)
Recorded at The Color Lounge, NE Minneapolis

Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Verskotzi is Joey Verskotzi, Izaac Burkhart, Grady Kenevan & Ian Allison. Verskotzi is releasing their new album, “Lemon Heart”, the group’s first full length record on November 2nd at Icehouse. The album was produced by Izaac Burkhart at The Color Lounge in Minneapolis. Drawing from his 60′s, 70′s & indie rock influences, Joey has crafted an album that reveals his ‘roots’ musical tastes, and depicts his issues of addiction, trust, and relying on yourself to get through and out of the valleys.

“All told the album is a nice step of maturation for Verskotzi’s songwriting. The production quality is impressive and the range of song styles is surprising. Some are stylistically more of the simple alt rock variety that is more plausible for the popular radio outlets, but what they all have is a transcendent artistic quality. What I mean is that it’s evident that this album was not written for marketing purposes. This album is an expression of Joey Verskotzi’s artistic vision. That’s a commendable achievement and a rare one indeed in today’s musical landscape. Fans of college and alt rock should give Joey a spin. Fans of the White Stripes in particular should give this an album a listen.”
-Ear to the Ground Music

“A bright, up and comer in the Minneapolis music scene.” -KARE 11/NBC

“The forthrightness of his fragile songs struck a chord with supporters and detractors alike.” -City Pages

“Toys with key changes and pure vocals in much the same way as Death Cab For Cutie.” -Leonard’s Lair Music Reviews

“Verskotzi will get his big break in the music scene soon enough.. nothing like I have heard on the radio in a long time.” -Shakefire

“Cool inventive modern pop with heart & soul… has a voice that is ultimately to die for. Verskotzi is a wonderfully entertaining up-and-coming singer/songwriter who seems to be on a sure path to success.” -babysue

The Farewell Circuit “The Light” Video!