There’s a lot of hype surrounding Exeter’s I Divide. The follow up to their 2011 EP ‘What’s Worth More’ is an eagerly anticipated effort, and it’s easy to see why. Sounding similar to material by Emarosa and Hands Like Houses, the band’s debut full-length ‘Last One Standing’ is a brilliant record full of rock solid tracks with substance and depth. If this is the calibre that we can expect from these five boys in the future, there’s nothing to stop them taking the music scene by storm.
Opening track and lead single, ‘Follow Me’, introduces us to the vocal style of frontman Tom Kavanagh, who sounds impressively similar to controversial heavyweight Jonny Craig before the heavy instrumentals take focus. Second single, ‘I’m Not Leaving’, has a somewhat more relaxed atmosphere, reaching a crescendo to a more rhythmic chorus than other tracks, which works really well as later track ‘Say It Isn’t So’ testifies to.
The clear highlight of this record is the emotionally driven ’27 Down’, focusing on a tragedy and its effects on those who survive, with powerful lyrics delivered and a stunning guest appearance from Rebecca Need-Menear of Anavae, who works with Kavanagh perfectly. Other huge hitters across the album include ‘Monster In Me’, ‘Cold At The Bottom’ and ‘Run Away’, all of which feature brilliant emotionally charged vocal performances soaring over a heavy rock atmosphere delivered by the rest of the band, all brought together by high octane and relentless paced choruses.
Album closer ‘Look At Me Now’ is much slower paced, which delivers I Divide‘s message perfectly. It’s their own personal way of showing anyone who doubted them that they were wrong to do so, and it’s the ideal way to round off such a fantastic album. Every track on this record is great and for a band to manage that on their first full-length release is incredible. This band have proved with this record that they deserve the hype that surrounds them. Take a bow I Divide, you deserve it.
Written by Jonathon Barlow
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