Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Undivided

Hailing from the South Wales Valleys, The Undivided are a four-piece comprising of 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.

Satellites is the title track dropped from their epontmous EP and it reflects the fact that The Undivided are a band driven by a desire to create the kind of noise people simply have to stand up and hear. Ralph will be spinning Satellites on the Radio KC Indie Show this Sunday, October 23rd.

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.

Their previous album This New Day was produced by Romesh Dodangoda which helped garner the funding support from the Welsh Arts Council.

The Undivided set out to fulfil their ambition of breaking with the norm to deliver truly poignant, meaningful and moving songs through expert musicianship and honest lyricism. So much so, 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.

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