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Le Divorce / Press

"Le Divorce, a Denver “supergroup” that’s rising quickly in popularity (they opened for Liz Phair earlier in the week before Saturday’s show), played a strong set focused on their unabashedly ‘90s sound before 200 Million Years, and nearly took the night away from the headliners. Anchored by Kitty Vincent’s powerful, throaty vocals and accomplished guitar, the foursome had no trouble endearing a large crowd with their 50 minute set. Vincent, who sings with Johnette Napolitano’s depth and PJ Harvey’s intensity, filled up most of the stage with her personality, and was well met in banter by bassist Ryan Stubbs and guitarist Joe Grobelny between songs, and in noisy, passionate sonics during them, while drummer Chris Durant maintained the rock beat from behind the three."

"As Le Divorce got things going last night, the room was pretty crowded, a nice change from the typical turnout for opening acts. It was entirely appropriate that Le Divorce opened for Liz Phair, seeing as how frontwoman Kitty Vincent has a way of turning awkward between-song banter and seemingly clumsy, self-effacing humor into something curiously endearing, not unlike the headliner. Beyond that, the group's mixture of dusky atmospheres and sometimes charging, sometimes spinning dynamics coupled with occasional undercurrents of jazz structure allowed for subtle emotional textures. Chris Durant and Ryan Stubbs provided the perfect springboard for Joe Grobelny's borderline spastic stage antics to match his musical gyrations on guitar. By the end of its set, people seemed to be refreshingly into Le Divorce, which closed with one of its best numbers, 'Splinter Song.'"

"The quartet of frontwoman/guitarist Kitty Vincent, guitarist Joe Grobelny, bassist Ryan Stubbs and drummer Chris Durant plays a darkly sensual and moody strain of indie rock that borrows as much from Concrete Blonde as it does from Joy Division. The foursome’s experience and maturity shine through on Le Divorce’s debut EP, 'Pull Yourself Together'...the impossible-to-ignore beginning and introspective end pack a potent punch."

"A Pixies album at 3 a.m./'Cause it's the small things that win in the end," sings Le Divorce's singer-guitarist Kitty Vincent on "Analogue," one of five songs on the band's debut, Pull Yourself Together. But don't read into that too literally. Le Divorce doesn't sound anything like the Pixies; rather, the quartet imagines PJ Harvey and the National bashfully flashing each other their psychic scars. Aided by former members of Everything Absent or Distorted and (die) PILOT, Vincent sings her life in a voice full of tooth and muscle, and she backs it up with big, loose, raw guitars — not that there isn't a brooding and nuanced undercurrent to her ink-black vignettes, one that makes Pull Yourself Together less of an admonishment and more of a mantra.

“Le Divorce has always been good, but it seems the quartet has really honed its stage craft and sound in the past few months. Shrouded in a bank of fog, the band's visual presence matched the lush vibe of its songs. Performing "Analog" with confidence and the kind of power some people miss because it doesn't hit you over the head, Le Divorce showed how you can rock and still be playful without missing a beat. The deft mixture of clean and fuzzy tones and the diversity of the group's dynamic schemes made for a set that never seemed samey.”

"Only a handful of people who have been part of the circuit of underground-rock shows in Denver since the early part of last decade remember Façade. Part dream pop and part jazz-inflected rock, the band put out one album before fading into the background in 2002. Its talented guitarist, Joe Grobelny, went on to later projects, including Jet Set Kate and, most prominently, Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story). In 2009, Grobelny teamed up again with Façade's charismatic frontwoman, Kitty Vincent. With the addition of bassist Ryan Stubbs and drummer Chris Durant, Le Divorce (due at Basscamp at Summit Music Hall on Friday, June 11) has quickly become a potent, atmospheric rock band. Like Failure minus all the fuzz and with a bit more emotional urgency, or Hum without the trappings of mid-'90s emo, Le Divorce makes splitting up sound like a painful yet healing process." --Westword

“Denver is full of young musicians who want to bare their souls and be your friend, becoming the sort of promising and respectable group that catches the ears of the folks at NPR. Le Divorce isn’t one of them. “I miss the angst,” singer-guitarist Kitty Vincent declares. “I miss the darker qualities that rock used to have. I don’t understand why younger kids aren’t more pissed off. We always talk about why don’t the younger kids want to rock anymore. What’s up with the folk revival? Where are your distortion pedals?””

“Le Divorce's new EP, Pull Yourself Together, features songs with evocative atmospheres that display a masterful use of dynamics, creating subtle yet cathartic tension. We caught up with Vincent and Grobelny recently and asked about the significance of the name and the new album. ”

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