Divorce are a new Nottingham-based band who have been signed by ever reliable tastemaking label Hand In Hive. Today they share their debut song and video, “Services”, with singer Tiger Cohen-Towell saying:
“Both teenage dysphoria and the reluctant ascent into the chaos of my mid-twenties meet each other in this track. I looked back on the suffocating boredom and the pain of being 16, and how I longed for the simplicity of human closeness and car journeys. I wanted to channel a zeitgeist that we all feel in touch with, pain, trauma and cacophonous emotion; summarised in the mundanity of a service station.”
Setting a song on a long car journey and a service station doesn’t sound exciting, but Divorce turn it into a kitchen sink drama with their stark shifts in sound – and Cohen-Towell’s captivating vocal and lyrical performance. It starts sunnily enough, cruising on pinging guitar and drums while Cohen-Towell delivers a sing-song melody, but piques of emotion are not far away. It seems the singer is trying to keep a calm lid on the frustrating behaviour of her fellow passengers, but it’s not long before it comes frothing out in a torrent of indignance and insecurity, the guitar bubbling up in a geyser of fuzz to match the shift in mood. Divorce switch back and forth between these affable and annoyed dispositions, the drama heightening brilliantly with each see-sawing change in tone, until we reach a beautifully blustering finale.