Divides have very quickly become a Musicscramble favourite, so you can imagine my surprise when I turned up at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut for a rare Divides acoustic set and none of the core Scramble team were anywhere to be seen!
Midway through my burger the band turned up to set themselves up in the corner of the bar for a short set as part of King Tuts’ “T in the Pub” warm up for T in the Park in a fortnight’s time.
I’m a huge fan of the acoustic guitar so it was a pleasure to see David and Andy both on acoustic six strings with Colin swapping the comfort of his guitar for the keyboard. With Dave missing on drums and Tasha opting to sit, this slightly weird set up had me interested immediately. It’s Divides, but not as we know it.
It was clear that playing acoustically is something that the band are more than comfortable with and this of course gave the songs a different sound and feel. ‘Spiders’ – if I picked this up correctly – was written acoustically so works really well whatever way it’s performed. The piano really transformed ‘Not All Those That Wander Are Lost’ into something even more special, but the highlight for me was seeing an already emotional ‘Landslide’ revealing even more of that emotion in its stripped-down guise.
As mentioned, this was a warm up for T in the Park which is exactly where Divides will find themselves very shortly. I wish them all the best as they continue to make friends and influence people. This was a delightful set, one that shows a maturity and versatility that will do them no harm whatsoever.