The Divining Recording New Demos
The Divining issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"With a new practice spot/studio at our finger tips, we have spent the last few months writing new material that we hope to demo and release by spring. We are planning to record 3 or 4 new tracks for this effort and make it available to everyone for free online."
"In late 2006, we had signed to New Jersey based indie label 1x1 Music, which included full US distribution through Universal/Fontana. After spending months in the studio with Eric Rachel at Traxx East and Mike Cassel at Labyrinth Sound in NJ, our band was dealt a devastating blow at the hands of 1x1 Music's owner. As it turned out, this individual had been stealing large sums of money from his own company, resulting in the freezing of the accounts needed to release and promote our completed record. The label would become defunct, leaving many careers in limbo. At this point, we're not sure what will become of that material."
"These setbacks were never going to lead to a break up, but they had cost us some of the momentum that we built up over the years. It's our belief that to get back on track, we must put the past behind us, go back to basics, and start from scratch in some ways. We must focus on the future, which for us, comes in the form of new material."
"We started this band when we were a couple of 17 year olds in Jeff's basement. We were concerned with having experiences that we would look back on as the best times of our lives. Somewhere down the line, when goals become record labels and full timing it, bands often lose sight of this and they let what they do become another part of the rat race that is the music industry. Every day if you read industry blogs or your local scene message boards you'll see a lot of bands breaking up. I think a lot of it has to do with the all or nothing approach that they've ended up taking with their bands. There's an attitude that if you can't be on tour 200 days a year, there's no point for your band to exist. In 2008, when social networking websites have allowed virtually every serious band to get out on the road, there's just not enough money out there for everybody to do it comfortably. When you're not a kid anymore and leaving everything behind to play shows all year long for nothing starts to have consequences, it's just not practical for everybody. And when bands fall into that category, they might call it quits."
"Our original members were all in college while we did this band. We toured on vacation breaks and hoped that after graduation, we'd be able to get out on the road full time and that our education would have given us other opportunities if we didn't become successful at it enough to sustain some kind of income. After counting on that full time band lifestyle for so long, we could have easily succumbed to the same mentality that is the death of many bands every single day when everything went down with 1x1 and fucked up our plans. We were probably close at some points. We had to change our thinking to get back on track and away from that mentality. We had to make the band about having fun again. If opportunities come to us along the way, we'll certainly make the best of them, but if they don't, we feel that there's no reason that should cause us to stop writing music together."
"This new demo will be our way of going back to the early years of the band when we'd just play wherever we could, hand out demos, and enjoy ourselves. Musically, it's far removed from our early years though, which is a good thing! We're going in a new direction that is just a follow through on the direction we started to go in on the record you guys never got to hear. We wanted to write heavy ass metal that was rockin and it's definitely coming along. Trust us to keep it real as always. Sure our first record was just another American band playing Euro-influenced thrash metal, but we did it without the crooner shit, we did it without disgracing the sacred mosh, and we made it our own in many respects. Like us or not, we've always kept it real and that will never change."
"The metal scene today has gravitated towards this whole feminine-Myspace-looking-dudes playing death metal craze or weird wigger dude hardcore that makes butch females want to don mesh shorts in public. A couple years ago it was something else and in another year or two, there'll be another shift. That's how it's always been. Right now people like to hear blast beats, breakdowns, and the same death metal vocal over and over again. One thing that has transcended all trends in every genre, just as it will transcend this one, is the power of the riff. I'm not saying the crazy technical or flashy riff necessarily. What I'm talking about are the sometimes simple riffs that have been responsible for every banger you ever heard. We have centered our entire song writing process around this idea and we believe we're on the right track."
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This is Dom signing off"
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