Still in high school, the four members of Divided By Friday
are more than your average power punk band. Their latest EP Too
Legit is proof of their attraction to Panic At The Disco-styled
dance-rock grooves and pop punk motor skills. With rhythmic knolls
furnished by bassist Chris Thomas and drummer JP, and
star-sputtering synths and programming from Matt Morgan, Divided
By Friday have a polished pop-punk finish that shows no trace of their
garage-band beginnings. The nuances in lead vocalist/guitarist Jose
Villanueva's vocal punches and the emphasis that he places on
words here and there through the verses pitch a vaunting phrasing
in the songs. The tracks energize the juices as the band's youthful
sprints course fiery streaks through the album.
Each member fodders the others energy levels, stimulating pounding
heart-rate grooves and scorching power pop slits reminiscent of Long
Island's Pushplay. The singing vocals and pop punk rotations
made along "Beneath The Moon" ream with emotion branding
the lyrics with passion, "Will you give me a chance / I've fallen
for you / Cause I'm sick of the charade / And this silly game we keep
on playing / Will soon have to end / Will our hearts ever mend / Cause
mine is broken in two / I'm lost without you / I'm leaving tonight
/ But you don't have to cry / This isn't goodbye." The mid-tempo
voltage of "Girl You Got It Goin' On" peak and fall with
a cruising momentum, while the turbo-charge ignited by the melodic
hooks of "My Bright Blue Light" move with a frantic blasting.
The band lassos the listener in with shimmery synth-glazed effects
opening "Phase Two: Operation Fiscal Jackhammer" which segue
into a full-fledged power rock bash. The band shows a sense of knowing
what works to wreathe audiences in power pop chords that penetrate
their nerve endings and arouse their juices like in "The Watchmen."
Divided By Friday are a group of four young bucks who show the
prowess of anyone playing in the major league. Though the tracks
have a dance-rock bent relatable to a number of other bands on the
mainstream scene including Panic At The Disco and Pushplay, Divided
By Friday have something good to offer audiences and they are eager
for the chance to show it.
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