Bethan Shuff || January 5th
A new year means more than just scribbling out accidental six’s and changing them into sevens for the next three months. It means brand new music flooding throughout Staffordshire and Cheshire, and it’s already started.
On 1st January 2017, Stoke 4-piece Divenire kicked off the New Year with their second single: Arcade.
What seems like a sorrowful intro builds into a powerful and demanding drumbeat. Frontman Dom Morgan must have the ‘New Year, new me’ mindset, because the vocals on this track are nothing like we’ve seen before as they take a more pop-punk approach, along with the instrumental. I’m talking along the lines of Neck Deep, but with a bit more of a kick to it.
A sinking guitar sounds almost underwater as it fades before coming into the forefront as Dom belts out some dark lyrics ‘I don’t want to be alive, while my mind’s playing tricks on me’.
Harrowing guitars build an instrumental, underneath which Dom’s vocals echo in an eerie, voice-in-the-back-of-your-head way, it’s really clever how producer Sam Bloor has fit this track together. It goes from distorted guitars and gravely vocals, into a contrasting clean guitars and soft vocals section absolutely seamlessly.
If Arcade is anything to judge the rest of the year on, then I am expecting big things from local music in 2017.