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The Rock-itt : February 2011
With each new year come some new faces to the Sydney music scene, but every now and then a few familiar faces take this opportunity to re-launch themselves with a brand new sound the year ahead. This has certainly been the case with new Sydney three-piece Dividers, who have decided to hit the ground running in 2011 with the launch of their debut EP and plenty of live gigs to show the world what they can do. The familiar faces in this situation come in the form of guitarist and lead vocalist Koby Geddes, drummer and backing vocalist Mitch Johnson and bass player Paul 2002 with horn rock band Bagster and As the band matured however, so did their music and ambitions and it was decided that Bagster could no longer give them what they were after and it was time to move on. The rhythm section dispersed from the horn sec- been ignored began to take a larger stake in the rehearsal room, leading the band to a tighter, progressive yet subtle hard rock sound. After attempting a band with the addition of another guitarist, the guys knew that their strengths lay in how the three of them bounced off each other and it was with this in mind that they formulated Dividers. Focusing on the three-piece vibe, everything fell into place. The band pride themselves on a high level of musicianship, big riffs and catchy hooks that have come to characterise their sound. They're in the process of putting the tentatively titled 'Rabid' and we caught up with lead singer/guitarist Koby for a brief chat: Rockitt -- so how's the recording of the new EP going? Happy? Koby -- Yeah it's gone really well; we're moment. It sounds really nice and big. Once it's mastered I'm sure it's going to sound even better. Rockitt -- so what happened between Bagster and now? That's quite a big hiatus. Koby -- Well when Bagster wrapped up I think we all needed some downtime. I mean, we'd been in the band for seven years, lived out of each other's back pockets during that time and relations were quite tense at that point. Obvi- ously everyone was pretty bummed out that we'd pulled up stumps and it was quite a painful time for all involved. I mean, essentially, you're breaking up with your friends, as weird as that sounds. (pause) I think that during that downtime we music and during this time I played some cover gigs at a local night club and pretty much had many boozy nights doing that which resulted in me developing vocal polyps which I've only I didn't realise I had them until I noticed my voice doing weird things and by that stage we'd started to reconnect again musically and it put the brakes on anything we were attempting to do which sucked. So that resulted in about time playing guitar and writing some new material, which would eventually become the Dividers stuff we're playing at the moment. Rockitt -- I see, and why 'Dividers'?