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Before decamping to a Scottish retreat in April I went on Business Lady's recommendation to see a new group from Glasgow - story being an old Leeds underground stalwart had returned to his native city and started this headfuckingly great new band called Divorce by all accounts. It's a cliche but I really wasn't expecting this brutal & thrilling onslaught!! A five piece specialising in nihilistic Chicago noise rock smeared with this chaotic no-wave abandon. The end result is nothing short of jawdropping.
'Early Christianity' features visceral dirty guitar spiralling into lunging basslines with this piledriving drum maelstrom pinning it all tightly together - all topped by a woman with tonsils carved from titanium bellowing bile filled sloganeering like a furious pit bull into the melee! 'Pipedown' changes tack, a fierce spindly new wave guitar line battles with this grinding Jesus Lizard bass, the drums as fuck-you as desired.
The woman continues shouting like Lydia Lunch's seriously pissed off daughter. I love it so much. My fave track is 'Juice of Youth', the furious punk drums remind me of bands like Amen, the guitar sounds like scratchy No Wave legends DNA and the woman continues to be the most manic preacher you could wish to set ears on (Her name is Sinead by the way, but you're too scared to ask her name..)
The EP lurches on into punchy Scratch Acid-like territory, then a sludgy early Sonic Youth-esque dirge that is just divine before banging back into form, determined to batter yr head in! I'm totally taken by this group of deviant urchins and their full frontal dirt rock. They're the most intense & brilliant thing I've seen/heard for a long time, I implore you to buy this Divorce 10" & see them ASAP.
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