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Divided By Friday
Too Legit EP
(self-released)


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.

-Susan Frances

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