“Services” is the stunning debut single from Nottingham newcomers Divorce. Is it Americana? Well, not quite, is it grunge? Dream-pop perhaps?… Who cares when something sounds this good, this fresh and this much fun, it’s fairly is pointless trying to genre tag. Tiger Cohen-Towell’s mellifluous vocals are punctuated by distorted guitar licks, driven by rumbling bass lines. It’s a track about road trips and the mundanity of service stations ( yup, even Tebay loses its charm when you have to take out a second mortgage in order to purchase a modest scone topped with the vaguest suggestion of jam to go with your thimble of coffee.)
Vocalist and bassist Tiger elaborates on the inspiration behind track: “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.”
A word of caution – it’s probably not a good idea to google “Divorce Services” and not clear your search history if you wish to remain in a state of domestic bliss.
Each member of the band has been a central and active participant in the Nottingham scene for years – most recently as members of post-punk risers Do Nothing, and Megatrain.
Divorce are Tiger Cohen-Towell (Vocals, Bass), Felix Mackenzie-Barrow (Vocals, Electric Guitar), Adam Peter Smith (Electric Guitar) and Kasper Sandstrøm (Drums).
The band have also teamed up with Bristol-based production company Clump Collective to put together a 70’s inspired theatrical music video
26th March – Manchester, Yes Basement
27th March – Bristol, The Lanes
28th March – Servant Jazz Quarters, London
29th March – Brighton, Hope & Ruin
5th April – Hull, The Polar Bear
6th April – Leeds, Headrow House
8th April – Nottingham, The Chameleon