VARSITY is an American indie rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. Band members include Stephanie Smith (lead vocals/synth), Dylan Weschler (guitar/backing vocals), Patrick Stanton (guitar), Paul Stolz (bass guitar), and Jake Stolz (drums). The band was formed in 2013 after a “salon night” where friends would share songs and stories. Stephanie Smith particularly enjoyed the music of Dylan Weschler and Pat Stanton. Smith then invited the two to perform alongside her. Soon after, Jake Stolz and Paul Stolz joined the band.
The band recorded its first album, Thanks For Nothing in Smith’s parent’s basement. This album received an equally positive response from the public and critics. VARSITY found themselves recording songs with the likes of American Wrestlers, Alvvays, Courtney Barnett, The Hold Steady, and Car Seat Headrest. In addition to albums, VARSITY also produces the occasional “digital 7s” which are two complementary songs. These also have earned the praise of critics and the public. Many of their “digital 7s” has been streamed millions of times on Spotify.
In 2018, VARSITY released another album, Parallel Person, an instant hit. In this album, VARSITY explains some of the challenges of popularity and the isolation that comes with it. Many critics have praised Parallel Person as bringing a new depth and genre to the band.