During the month of January King Tuts Glasgow hosts its annual “New Year Revolution” series of gigs to support and showcase new Scottish talent.
If you are on the lookout for some of the best new bands out there you could do worse than head to the venue over the next two weeks with 40 bands playing over the 14 nights. Saturday night saw the start of the revolution headlined by one of our favourite new bands, Divides.
This was both the first time the band has headlined King Tuts, and their largest headline show to date. Given it was the three days after New Year celebrations and a Saturday night it was a great evening of seeing friends for the first time, having a few beers and some great music from support acts Picnic Basket Overdrive, The Black Art, and Start Static. The last of which were particularly impressive.
Divides took to the stage just before 11pm and played an impassioned eight-song set – their longest to date according to singer Tasha Cowie. With their first EP due soon, tonight was a perfect opportunity to showcase the songs which will feature. It was also a chance to hear a rare outing of a personal favourite in the shape of ‘Polar Opposites’; a song the band played during their first shows. I hope this makes it back in to the set regularly as a change of pace to proceedings highlights the talents of the band in a different way to the faster songs.
Of the faster songs, ‘State of Flux’, and recent singles ‘Spiders’ and ‘Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost’ sounded superb, with the throb of bass and drums driving the guitar work of David and Colin without let up. I’ve seen Divides live a handful of times now and each time they sound tighter and have visibly grown in confidence and ability, feeding off the larger and larger crowds they draw.
All in, this was a great first show for 2015 from the band and we hope to see more from them in the coming months.