The UK has given the world a lot of music that has gone down in the annals of history as groundbreaking and now have become ‘classics’, together with the emergence of multiple new genres. One of my fave British (albeit Scottish) bands to have graced the music scene in the past few decades is Teenage Fanclub, so we are really pleased to be hosting the premiere today of a track that has massive similarity to Bandwagonesque-era Teenage Fanclub (the album that made me fall for this band in the first place).
The track is Say Can You and the band is called Divisionists, led by long-term veteran of the indie and psych rock scene Brendan Quinn. The London-based psych power pop outfit present this track as somewhat of a teaser for their debut LP Daybreak, forthcoming in March.
This is an invigorating melodic, irredeemably catchy song that boasts polished production and resplendent harmonies. I also sense elements of The Lemonheads and leads me to wonder if this isn’t what Bob Mould might ever sound like with softer vocals, sang in a higher case, and with much less guitar feedback (and zero squelching).
Photo credit: Ian Falconer
“We are very excited by how well Daybreak came together as an album. For me, I’m lucky to be in such a great band: Mark, Rob, Mike and I have fantastic synergy to explore new territory, yet also the intense (obsessive!) perseverance to “get it right”. Musicians always say a record is a labor of love — in this case, it’s really been true. We’ve put the very best of us into this recording, to create an interpersonal and cultural snapshot of blood, sweat, tears, late nights at the pub, the whole works — and we believe we’ve made something cool,” says Divisionists’ frontman Brendan Quinn.
The forthcoming album follows their debut EP “we play rock music…” (2011). Comprised of 12 tracks, it features guest appearances by saxophonist Brian Idd and vocals from both Gwen Knighton and Lisa Makros.
‘Daybreak’ was recorded at Perry Vale Studios, The Mill House, and Haiku Sound, where it was also mixed. Brendan Quinn produced the album with assistance from legendary psych producer Sterling Roswell a.k.a. ROSCO (Spaceman-3, The Darkside), and Pat Collier (The Vibrators) on board as tracking engineer. The album was mastered by veteran mastering engineer Don Grossinger (The Flaming Lips, Brian Wilson, Franz Ferdinand, The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings).
Divisionists’ ‘Daybreak’ LP will be released on March 17, both digitally and on high quality orange vinyl, via Mount Watatic Records. Both versions are available for pre-order via the band’s Bandcamp.