Ladies and gentleman, let me introduce to you, THE NEXT BIG THING.
DIVIDES are poised for success with their new album, Brokentooth, a stunning display of instrumental versatility, vocal strength, and lyrical prowess. After just one listen, it’s hard not to be completely mesmerized.
“Holes In The Floor” kicks the album off with a perfect introduction, like tuning a radio to find a great, all-DIVIDES station, before booming to life with stellar vocals from CJ Marie (vox/keys), perfectly melding with solid instrumentals. The track effortlessly transitions into “Supersymmetry,” a ballad of sorts, featuring a bridge that showcases back and forth between CJ Marie and Joe Jackson (vox/bass). This is the first taste of the stunning harmonics, and the vocal chemistry between the two singers that make the album as infectious as it is.
We hear the pairing of CJ Marie and Defeat The Low’s Chris James on “Echoes Fade,” eliciting a nostalgic vibe reminiscent of early 2000’s rock hits, when the female-male vocal face-off was more of a guarantee than a surprise. There’s a raw, almost tangible emotion that DIVIDES seem to illustrate with such ease throughout Brokentooth; a rare gift in today’s scene. In fact, a highlight on the album has to be “Sails and Anchor,” where the band’s storytelling chops are on display, as well as their softer, more poetic side, breathing life into the idea of needing someone to ground us before we race away. The track is easily one of the strongest performances on the album, with true desperation heard in every note, although it has some competition with the heart wrenching, homesick emotion displayed on “Alpenglow.” The former is a short, but poignant track, with lines like, “And here there’s no snow, no star on the mountain to guide me, me home…,” and is an honest performance, if I’ve ever heard one.
However, DIVIDES shows no hesitance in also showing off their theatrics, on tracks such as “Siren,” which may start off slower, but brings the energy back full-force, becoming more hardcore in sound, and exploring a darker facet to the band’s personality in an aggressive, bold, and memorable way. The breakdowns are intense, and the lyrics are bitter, but so precise, it’s powerful (much like “Splay,” and “Brokentooth”), and Corey Rainey on drums adds an extra dimension to the festival-worthy sound.
The final two tracks, “Vines & Thorns” and “We Are Fragments,” seem to beautifully come together to form a steady climax and resolve to the album. “Vines & Thorns” brings Brokentooth to a moment of suspense as it fades out, leading into the synth-driven introduction of “We Are Fragments” without missing a beat. The guitar, courtesy of Bryan Calhoon and Paul Anderson, is fantastically done, and brings the album to an end that makes it feel as though it could be played on a loop and still flow perfectly.
With a strong, original sound, other band will face a struggle in attempting to beat DIVIDES’ Brokentooth for quality.
Brokentooth comes out on August 11th!