Direct Divide started as an opportunity for Kevin Proctor (guitarist) to use school-appointed studio time at Ex'pression College in Emeryville, CA to record demos and practice being a recording engineer. He brought roommates, former bandmates and anyone who wanted to answer a Craigslist ad into the studio to record 8 original songs under the band name Take Powell. They released the album 'Familiar Places and Faraway Faces' in the summer of 2011 (also available on iTunes). After moving back to his hometown of Las Vegas to work in a recording studio, Kevin and San Francisco vocalist/violinist Lauren 'Razz' Palumbi collaborated and decided to moved to Seattle, WA to pursue furthering the music they recorded during the Take Powell project. After bringing east coast transplant pianist/bassist Dylan Richardson, the new band began writing and performing new material under the name Direct Divide.