California Bay Area’s Dearly Divided has recently released their first full-length self-titled album, and I got the pleasure of checking it out. If you’re into the California punk-rock sound of the 90s/2000s, then you are in for a real treat. The album was recorded by Chris Dugan and Ben Hirschfield, known for recording such bands as Against Me!, Green Day, and Dillinger Four, at NuTone studios.
The album starts off with the heavy hitting track, ‘’89’, which is a great start to the album. The numerous melodies and group choruses are very reminiscent of bands like No Use for a Name, Face To Face, Lagwagon, etc… With tracks like “Notes”, “The Great Divide”, and “Flawed”, the opening to this album shows no signs of slowing down and it does not disappoint. At no point throughout the album does the speed and energy let up. Ending with tracks “Ithaca”, “Monuments”, and “Vapor Trails”, Dearly Divided finish off this album in style, keep the speed of the songs steady and fast, and maintain the energy with which it started off, all of which left me wanting more.
Throughout the record, Dearly Divided does a wonderful job of controlling the energy and providing a great experience for the listener. Using classic guitar riffs and the best quality bass playing I’ve heard in some time, I am left with a very nostalgic feeling, noticing the influences and experiences of the band bleeding through their playing.
Some of my personal favorite tracks from this album include “’89”, “Flawed”, “Chasing Shadows”, and “Vapor Trails”. These songs in particular demonstrate the versatility of the players and quality of production. Needless to say, the album as a whole works well together and keeps the listener hooked by not being too repetitive musically.
I would highly recommend this album for any fans of No Use for a Name, Lagwagon, Pennywise, Millencolin, and Ten Foot Pole.
Written by Christopher Siklosi