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The Undivided / Blog

News....2015

Now working with Dan Weller (Sikth) who is at the realm of production, defining the sound of their new music! ‘Invincible’ is the first single to be dropped on October 29th 2015. An EP will follow on in April 2016. A band driven by a desire to create the kind of noise people simply have to stand up and hear the most exciting, not to mention anthemic- rock act to emerge from South Wales in decades are finally here and not a moment too soon. Inspired by the political, message-heavy words of fellow countrymen Manic Street Preachers, the instrumentation of Idlewild, and the penchant for melodic pop sensibilities evident in the likes of Mansun and Peace, The Undivided make music that’s impossible to ignore. Soaring guitar chords launch from atop punishing riffs, shuddering bass lines carry the rhythms forward, and sledgehammer drumbeats underpin this combination of harmony and electricity.

Hailing from the South Wales Valleys, the four-piece (comprising lead guitarist and singer Joe Disson, percussive maestro Rhydian Mason, guitarist Lew Bray and joining in 2014 Bass guitarist Craig Prosser ) formed circa 2010, born from the ashes of previous aural endeavors and built on the back of long-standing friendships. A successful meeting of minds, a period of incessant and relentless gigging followed, which saw them perform dates across the UK- including support and opening slots for Ash, The Xcerts, Kids in Glass Houses, The Dirty Youth and IDivide - with praise coming from Kerrang!, Rock Sound, NME and XFM, to name but a few.

Hauled up at a cottage in rural west Wales, rehearsing and writing, safe in the knowledge there was no phone line, no mobile signal, no broadband, and nobody to complain about their 1 AM jam sessions. Their previous album ‘this New Day’ produced by Romesh Dodangoda, helped garn the continued funding support from the Welsh Arts Council, radio play from BBC Introducing Wales, BBC Introducing Radio 1, Nation Radio, Team Rock Radio, the hype is almost as big as the main-room filling tunes on the record. Thankfully, though, in this case it’s deserving, with The Undivided set to fulfill their ambition of breaking with the norm to deliver truly poignant, meaningful and moving songs through expert musicianship and devastatingly honest lyricism. They secured a sync placement for the instrumental version of ‘Headlights’ from the previous album ‘This New Day’ on the opening and closing credits of BBC 4 Royal Institute Christmas lectures, in December 2014.

US and Canadian College radio airplay followed which has already awarded them a CMJ radio distinction, donned them a place at Canadian Music 2015. Their exciting and energetic showcase performances earned themselves the support of US sync agents and Toronto based booking agency AIM Bookings. The band returns by invitation to CMW in May 2016.

NEWS.....

Rhydian Mason is the New Drummer!

And new music will be released very soon!