After beginning life in 2011 unsigned and struggling to get noticed, Exeter’s I Divide have emerged causing an avalanche of interest since the release of mini-album, ‘What’s Worth More,’ and winning the Red Bull Bedroom Jam in ’12. Now the quintet look set to capatalise on their rapid rise with debut album, ‘Last One Standing.’
Like label mates, The First, I Divide conjure up riveting rock that reels you in and instead of letting you go, beckons you to “follow, follow” them into their world. This world happens to begin with Follow Me, and why wouldn’t you? The opener throbs with an intensity that you would happily get lost in. With guitars that pierce the brain and a chorus that would tempt the glummest to flash their gums and bellow along, this rock is solid.
Tell Me Something is a juggernaut, with destructive drumming and unstoppable riffs, I Divide may have pop sensibilities in their songs but there is a mean streak smouldering under the surface unable to slow down. That is until the grooves of I’m Not Leaving stroll through with the same purpose albeit with less aggression.
The maturity in the Devonshire lots songcraft is truly something to admire, keeping the power and hooks from their previous effort and transforming their youthful exuberance into an Optimus Prime sized juggernaut I Divide are on the cusp of blowing up, just one listen to Monster In Me proves that. With its razor like riffs and the attitude spewing from frontman Tom Kavanagh’s mouth, Monster In Me has a case of bipolar, containing a chorus that ascends to the skies, escaping the constraints of the fuzzy and edgy verses.
Cold At The Bottom, shows the warmth and tones of Kavanagh’s vocals backed up with Josh Wreford adding some texture and a shreddingly sweet solo, I Divide have it all. The ability to tweak there structure has gone down a storm as Anavae singer Rebecca Need-Menear’s voice brings something new to the table on 27 Down, while the Spartan warrior war cries of Run Away intimidate and will incite violent shapes in the mosh.
Let Go’s melodic and ruthless riffs multiplied by a tantalising gang vocals equals a banger, while closer Look At Me turns inside out and knocks out a brooding bass driven number that stretches over vast lands and leaves on a royal, to be continued…
Like a jack of all trades ‘Last One Standing’ has everything including the kitchen sink. If you’re looking for tunes that are catchy enough for the radio, heavy enough to head bang to, riffs that cause you to spasm playing air guitar and an abundance of melody, I Divide have catered for all. Magnificent.