The summer of 2006 proved to be a profound turning point. The band originally started as a continuation of lead singer Isaac “Eye Sac” Thornton’s previous band, All Dead, but quickly evolved into something entirely new. Twenty minutes of playing with drummer Jamie Prior (formerly of Fifteen, Madcap, The Mahi Mahis, and countless other bands) was all it took for both Thornton and Prior to realize their vision of a musically solid, politically and socially aware, punk rock band. The rhythm section came together in full force with Taylor Street (The Backups, Minus You, Some Assholes) whose shared musical vision and talent made him the essential choice for a bass player.
With the addition of Santa Rosa native Derek Neilson supplying lead guitar and sharing vocals, the line-up was complete. After touring extensively throughout California and Nevada in a mini-van, playing whenever and wherever they could, giving away hundreds of copies of their demo, even sending them, along with patches, stickers, and buttons to kids across the world for free, The Divide has just completed their self-titled 6-song EP in preparation for their upcoming US tour. Recorded by Eric Broyhill (7-seconds, Pressure Point, Deftones) at The Pus Cavern in Sacramento, the EP is an all-out assault on the current state of punk rock. With politically charged lyrics, relentless drumming, and awesome guitar parts, the only way to fully describe this EP is tough as nails. The message is clear: music is power. It is not a means for prosperity and fame.
The Divide realizes this message more now then ever. The lyrics pierce the hearts and minds of a sea of raised fists, echoing over the reverberation of the guitars and the bass, to the steady pulse of the drums: “Divided we stand, divided we fall.” 2) The Divide - United Kingdom. Daniel Furniss aka The Divide always was a dreamer. Born in Leeds in 1981 it was at the tender age of ten he first became interested in rhythm by meticulously dissecting his growing collection of acid house cassettes. Five years on and he finds his true calling in the middle of a damp and dark rave-floor at the UK’s infamous Helter Skelter Technodrome.
It was at this moment he knew he had to utilize his creative ideas and twist the techno genre to express his ever-growing myriad of hidden emotions. Born in what he sees as the dawn of a new technological age, Daniel began to take his vision of the future and express them sonically. With delusions of a cashless society, a dystopia, a broken world with an apocalyptic end he decided to grab the techno beast by the neck and use it to warn people of a new unfolding reality – one where the powers that control divide those underneath. We are told to switch off our brains, embrace distractions, switch on the TV, go consume, take the blue instead of the red pill, choose to ignore - to be controlled instead of be free.
The Divide incorporates this message in his music in an attempt to change our very programming. Ten years on and with releases on Construct Rhythm, Form, Jerk, Fine Audio, Betamax, Template and Blackout Audio Recordings, Daniel has taken his message across the globe. His tracks are hammered by innovative DJ’s such as Dave Clarke and Cari Lekebusch at events such as Awakenings, Oxygen Festival and I Love Techno. The response has been nothing short of incredible. So where will the future take us? Daniel is currently pursuing a more purist sound.
Having based his degree thesis on Algorithms and Aesthetics, Daniel believes in mathematical expression in music - maths is the vehicle and the soul is the hand of the programmer. One day, the machine will program itself, become self aware, the machines will speak. But until that moment, Daniel Furniss aka The Divide will be doing the speaking. And I for one, will be doing the listening. John Carter, X-Mag 2007. 3) The Divide - From Adelaide, Australia. In the Adelaide Autumn of 2005 an outlet for creativity was born. Heartfelt lyrics penned down with refined sing-along melodies by singer/guitarist Jeremy Owen sparked to life the starting point for richly diverse melodic rock band, THE DIVIDE. Closely knit, members include a husband, wife, brother and a friend, giving THE DIVIDE a unified drive and direction, both professionally and sonically.
Having fulfilled their goal of recording a debut self-titled album in Adelaide's premier Mixmasters Studio, mastering in Studio 301's completed in mid 2006, THE DIVIDE is well on its way to achieving its musical aspirations. 4) The Dive - from Phoenix, Arizona. The Divide was a 6 piece hardcore/metalcore from Arizona. The Divide was around for around the full year of 2002. They split after recording a 6 song EP with Jalipaz at Audio Confusion in Mesa entitled "Code From The Savior Machine". Their sound is very abrasive, but yet still very melodic.
5)The Divide, from Columbus, Ohio. Information needed still but this band exists. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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