Direct Divide proves that the violin belongs in rock music. Formed in Seattle, Direct Divide is now permanently on the road. They combine the energy of an electric guitar with power of drums and bass alongside classical instruments to complement story driven lyrics with emotion and intensity. The band draws inspiration from bands such as Tool, Muse, and Coheed and Cambria.
With high energy live shows and story-driven lyrics, Direct Divide builds its foundation on powerhouse female vocals over constantly shifting song structures and orchestral instrumentation. They aim to suck listeners into the environment and emotions they evoke in their music.
The band features violin, cello, and piano with modern distorted and clean rock guitars and a rhythm section incorporating various rock styles of heavy drums and bass guitar influenced from 90’s grunge. Direct Divide writes songs with an emphasis on story, size and depth that you might find in film and television, what they call ‘cinematic rock’. With a focus on songwriting that makes you feel, the band constructs songs so different from song to song that they stay away from repetitive genre and musical key. The first album ‘Bridges’ spans hard hitting post-hardcore tunes like ‘Running’ to the hard rock Tool-esque ‘Break the Cycle’ to the atmospheric orchestral ballad ‘Meteors’ and even toward a Lady Antebellum-esque acoustic guitar/lap steel/piano duet ‘Wont Be Alone’.
Now permanently living on the road, Razz, Kevin, Valdemar, and Gabe met and began writing in Seattle, WA. They are a group of people with divided origins. The lights and chaos of Las Vegas, the somber Seattle winters, the Sao Paulo beaches, the San Francisco fog, and now relocated to the burning hills of Los Angeles, we bring our lives and cities together in our music. Their debut release ‘Bridges’ is available April 1st. For Direct Divide, melody reigns supreme with a combination of powerful female vocals, electric violin, classically influenced piano, and progressive guitar with a dose of heavy rock drums and bass. Our songs reflect the feelings of people striving to communicate in a vast world full of distractions and technology. We merge Vivaldi and Hans Zimmer with steep walls of guitars and drums, reveling in soundscapes and layers of melody. Whether it is navigating the excitement and nervousness of instant infatuation in ‘Meteors or the pain of long distance in ‘Persephone’, we write music that audiences can fit their own experiences to.vHead songwriters Razz and Kevin have been composing and recording together for three years. Guitarist Kevin generates ideas at a prodigious rate, and Razz puts the emotions of the music into words, melody, and harmony. Valdemar adds energy and attitude with his drums. Our grunge rock specialist Gabe rounds out the mix on bass.
Look for Direct Divide at a city near you very soon!