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"Downbeat electrical soul noise." Divisionists’ style encompasses psychedelic, power pop, and reimagined traditional folk ballads, all with a loud and memorable rock influence.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Say Can You
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2. Fraction of Grace
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3. Alone
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4. Dream Landscape
3:29 $0.99
5. The First Casualty
4:31 $0.99
6. Pale Blue Eyes
4:53 $0.99
7. Colours (Song for a Spaceman)
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8. Little Margaret
4:00 $0.99
9. Moonlight Devil
3:13 $0.99
10. All Fall Down
3:04 $0.99
11. Freedom
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12. We Must Be Careful
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Album Notes
SHINDIG! MAGAZINE: "First single 'Say Can You' is an impressive blast of psyched-up power-pop - could easily be a Bandwagonesque out-take... 'We Must Be Careful' makes good use of that Sugar/Matthew Sweet tactic of combining melody with distortion and feedback. Nice." (page 83, issue #72)

FRED BLURT'S 4-STAR REVIEW IN BLURT MAGAZINE: "A near-perfect blast of visceral psychedelia and blissed-out power pop that yields earworm after earworm... not only builds upon [Abunai!'s] psychedelic legacy, it definitively merges psych with power pop and shoegaze for one of the freshest-yet-familiar albums of 2017 to date... ['Say Can You' is] a hi-nrg blast of chiming, fuzzed-out guitars and soaring, ecstatic vocals, it conjured classic images of everyone from Teenage Fanclub, Ride, and Matthew Sweet, to Byrds, Crazy Horse, and Velvet Underground... ’Dream Landscape' [is] a moodier, drifting/droning ballad that adds Big Star to the pop rogues list... check the gospellish vocals and rippling guitars of 'Alone' or a luminous cover of the Velvets’ 'Pale Blue Eyes’’... Flip the record and the delights keep coming, from the warm, womblike sonic cocoon that is 'Colors (Song For a Spaceman)'—for you influences trainspotters, listen for the modal, almost Quicksilver Messenger Service-like fretwork—to the straight-up jangle pop of 'Little Margaret' to the dark, explosive, feedback-laden, space-rocking 'We Must Be Careful', which, at seven minutes, has ample time to ebb and explode in a prismic burst of dynamics, tones, and textures.... All in all, a remarkable record that repays successive listens with earworm after earworm. All those above comparisons to icons? Believe it."

FOR FANS OF: Crazy Horse, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, Matthew Sweet, Sugar (Bob Mould), The Lemonheads, The Replacements, Cream, R.E.M., The Byrds, The Velvet Underground

London’s Divisionists came together in 2010, fronted by BRENDAN QUINN, best known as the guitarist and vocalist for the legendary cult psychedelic/space-rock pranksters, ABUNAI! (regulars at the TERRASTOCK Festival and three albums/two EPs on the Camera Obscura label).

Divisionists’ style encompasses psychedelic, power pop, and reimagined traditional folk ballads, all with a loud and memorable rock influence. They have two releases on MOUNT WATATIC RECORDS, in both digital and high-quality vinyl formats: First the EP "we play rock music..." (2011), followed by "Daybreak" (full-length LP, March 2017) which includes the singles 'Say Can You' and 'Dream Landscape', and features guest appearances by saxophonist Brian Idd, and vocals from Gwen Knighton and Lisa Makros.

Divisionists have shared stages with artists such recording artist ALEX MONK (of Smeraldina-Rima Records), Swiss garage-psych legends ROY AND THE DEVIL'S MOTORCYCLE, PETE 'BASSMAN' BAIN (previously with Spaceman-3 and Darkside), THE FALLEN LEAVES, FIRE HEALER, and others.

In addition to Abunai!, Brendan has released two solo albums and contributed to several compilations, toured live as a member of the STERLING ROSWELL BAND for their album "The Call of The Cosmos", including their headliner spot at ANDREW WEATHERALL'S CONVENANZA FESTIVAL, and has performed with a wide range of artists, including members of SWERVEDRIVER, ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, and THE PERFECT DISASTER. Brendan also contributes guitar on the latest single from TAV FALCO (‘The Drone Ranger’/‘Tram?’).

Other founding members of Divisionists include MARK BENNETT (previously a member of Faults, and currently a member of the ambient/noise collective, Slice); ROB MCGREGOR (previously of Godmuffin, Inch Blue, sulum, The Midnight Rambler and currently with Parallax); and MIKE WHITAKER (producer/artist for NéPALM Music since 1989; bassist for Americana and the Mill House Band; musical director and guitarist for the musical “Before the Dawn”; previously guitarist for Phoenix, This Way Up, Camera, O-Zone, and Decomposition).

Comprised of 12 tracks, “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 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).


PROG ROCK MAGAZINE: "Opener 'Success' instantly brings to mind The Beatles, but [Rob] McGregor's drumming and backing vocals push it into The Who's early territory, being three minutes of forceful pop. Lilting guitar work from Mark Bennett introduces 'Fraction of Grace', a subtly psychedelic number resembling an uptempo Galaxie 500..." (review of live show at The Betsey Trotwood)

TERRASCOPE ONLINE: "If ‘The First Casualty’ is an... arcane invocation to channel the spirit of Neil Young circa ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ then it works an absolute treat as Divisionists rock like a Crazy Horse... ‘Colours (Song For A Spaceman)’ is a shimmering slither of strung-out summer psych while the sprightly ‘Little Margaret’ has that jaunty edge that will whisper come hither to fans of The Lemonheads via The Byrds and Tom Petty. The archetypal folk ballad ‘Moonlight Devil’ is timeless both in its concoction and myriad reference points. ‘We Must Be Careful’ provides the cautionary coda and bears further association with the Frond, expansive guitar over a measured, ruminative rhythm."

OVERBLOWN MAGAZINE: "Calling to mind the guitar pop of the early 90’s that seemed to stand alone in the face of the morose and po faced grunge, Divisionists are continuing a lineage that includes the harmony heavy work of R.E.M. and the sweet melodies of Evan Dando’s Lemonheads... Holding a touch of Neil Young’s incendiary Ragged Glory-era fire..." (album premiere)

IF IT'S TOO LOUD: "London's Divisionists have one of the catchiest songs I've heard all year. 'Say Can You' is a huge 90s throwback, in the best possible way. It's like a forgotten mid-90s power pop gem, like a cross between Polaris and Matthew Sweet. The verses and choruses are catchy enough to make this song good, but it's the guitar solos that come in like a second vocalist and truly steal the show. The guitar is just this perfect swirling persona that comes in and then fades away. Each time it returns, it's even fuzzier and more riveting than the last. 'Say Can You' is a must listen."

PRIMAL MUSIC BLOG: "'Dream Landscape’ swirls into the ether on resonating guitar frequencies that rise and fall blissfully through beautifully astute progressions laced in glorious reverberation. Cascading bass lines straddle steadying percussion as undulating lead licks whip and harass the entire piece into submission allowing those stunning vocalisations to hold court thus stirring up audible manifestations of those 60’s psych-pop pioneers The Byrds, The Beatles, The Velvet Underground & Crazy Horse. ‘Dream Landscape’ is a truly magnificent track..." (single premiere)

THE BIG TAKEOVER MAGAZINE: "...this band is among the ‘new genre’ of power pop classics. Drawing inspiration from 1960s British and American rock music, this four-piece of seasoned musicians have concocted 12 tracks of fine songcraft with solid a performance from start to finish....[‘Say Can You’] summons all the warm-fuzzy and excited feelings in relation to 20-something head-over-heels music relationships, like when first hearing the Teenage Fanclub classic ‘Bandwagonesque’ and Evan Dando’s masterpiece ‘It’s a Shame About Ray.’" (video premiere)

DISTORSIONI: "With the traditional power pop of the '80s / 90s, the band adds a very special touch of psychedelia and acoustic folk sounds: a heterogeneous, complex and decently pleasing work... For all twelve tracks on the record, the Divisionists manage to masterfully master all their various influences." (trans. from the Italian)

SYSTEM FAILURE, who also named Divisionists in their TOP TENS BANDS FOR JANUARY 2017: "Just as bewitching as incredibly radiant. Divisionists' music is for dreamers, idealists, and those who hope for a better world! They impress the listener with sounds like a sweet and velvety caress... a wild and impetuous cry against a world gone bad.. an exhortation to dream, to live intensely, to travel with mind and body.." (trans. from the Italian)

THE RECORD STACHE: "...massive similarity to Bandwagonesque-era Teenage Fanclub... ['Say Can You'] is an invigorating melodic, irredeemably catchy song that boasts polished production and resplendent harmonies." (single premiere)

SNOOZECONTROL: "[Divisionists] do not use their experience within the scene to complete a routine task, but to scan their own boundaries and actually do something new. That alone, draws us completely over. Songs like ‘All Fall Down’, ‘We Must Be Careful’ and ‘Freedom’ are food for foodies who love to experiment with different styles, and are not afraid to explore the limits of each of them. The result is a record that will stun and drift the listener into another world." (trans. from the Flemish)

JAMMERZINE: "‘Say Can You’ harks back to the era of MTV’s “120 Minutes” with the catchyness of that time, coupled with the feel-good sonic guitar assault of the rock modern classic... By combining alternative groovyness with pop-culture sensibility, Divisionists present a glimpse of the future to come... And that future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades."

MYTACISM MUSIC (Song of the Day): "‘There was always something’ about [‘Say Can You’] that would catch your ears. Divisionists have pretty much nailed an enchanting grunge psych sound that will leave ‘Say Can You’ etched in your mind."

Divisionists take their name from both the characteristic style in the Neo-Impressionist modern art movement, and also one of the political factions in Beat Poet William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch (those who occupy 'a midway position' who 'literally divide' yet 'live in fear of a replica revolution”).

Brendan Quinn – guitar, lead and backing vocals, piano, organ Rob McGregor – drums, percussion
Mark Bennett – guitar, synths, backing vocals
Mike Whitaker – bass, piano, backing vocals
Additional performers:
Brian Idd – saxophone on ‘All Fall Down’
Gwen Knighton – backing vocals on ‘Colours (Song for a Spaceman)’ & ‘We Must Be Careful’ Lisa Makros – backing vocals on ‘Freedom’
Recorded at Perry Vale Studios, The Mill House, and Haiku Sound
Mixed at Haiku Sound
Brendan Quinn – producer
Pat Collier – tracking engineer
Don Grossinger – mastering
Cover photo by Echo Kirk



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