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Monday 06 November 2023

Alt-Country Heavyweights Divorce Serve Up New EP Depicting Insecurity & Questioning Ahead of Date @ Chalk Brighton

Arriving hot on the heels of playlisted lead track Birds (alongside Arlo Parks, The Last Dinner Party & Miso Extra), alt-country heavyweights Divorce are fast becoming a formidable presence as they gear up to play Chalk Brighton, this week.

Marshalled by songwriting duo Tiger Cohen-Towell and Felix Mackenzie-Barrow, the group's forthcoming EP a closer collaboration than ever between the two bandmates, providing a portrayal of insecurity and questioning whether to trust oneself or your new surroundings. 

The character studies of debut EP Get Mean are gone; in their place more vulnerable narratives about grappling with identity amid the new pressures they were experiencing following their phenomenal rise.
Detailing their second EP Heady Metal, co-vocalist/bassist Tiger Cohen-Towell explained: 

"I think this is probably the closest thing to a love song that's been written for Divorce. 

"'Scratch Your Metal' means showing the most difficult and sometimes unbearable parts of yourself outwardly, because the sound of something scratching against metal is the most unpleasant noise I can think of. 

"To be earnest, the song is about the duality of relationships, and accepting a partner as flawed and human in the same ways as yourself. 

"It was written on a cheap Casio keyboard at a friend's I was staying at in London, and it's Divorce's own little stab at synth pop banger."

Discussing the accompanying visuals, drummer Kasper Sandstrøm added: 

"For this video, we worked with our good pals Clump Collective to create something really free flowing. 

"The theme of the song is based on identity in all its forms, so we decided that instead of coming up with a choreographed dance that we needed to practice beforehand, we'd move in ways that felt natural to each of us, no matter how it looked! 

"It turns out we're all secretly professional dancers, which made the process extremely easy and not at all time consuming.
"Our future counterparts were casted brilliantly, and they all got so into their roles as us. 

"The loose feel on the day meant they had to stand and watch us do our thing, and try to mimic it to the best of their ability. 

"We think they did an incredible job, and we can't wait to grow up to become them."

Divorce play Chalk Brighton on 9th November 2023. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley



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