NEW RELEASE: Divide and Conquer EP

 

 

We are extremely pleased to announce the release of this three track EP for your delight.

Divide and Conquer is a song I wrote almost ten years ago for my old project Suicide By Cop. The original version we recorded back then was a slow and powerful epic, co-written with SBC’s keyboardist Mick Dunn. After Mick left the band, we tried to rework it without keys. Its original tempo didn’t work too well, so we sped it up and gave the drums a more tribal feel. Even though we had some fun with it in the few years to follow, I always felt it was unfinished but by that time it was that ingrained, we struggled to add to it. It desperately needed a mid-section.

With the song being left alone for a number of years and the niggling feeling that there was something unfinished about it, I thought it might benefit from the Elysium treatment. I then set about re-recording it from scratch. When I wrote the lyrics back in 2009, I imagined something more up-tempo, something a bit VNV Nation. Therefore I had that in mind as well as cues from the later SBC live version. It also gave me the opportunity to record the vocals with the original phrasing. Kaz did a brilliant job on the SBC recording but she had changed a couple of things, mainly to assist her in delivering the lines comfortably. The differences are few and subtle but one especially is fundamental to my ears. The chord structure has been retained for the main part of the song and as such is recognisable. Full credit goes to Mick for that. I also added that much needed mid-section and a fitting intro. Emma and Charles added their own bass and keyboard parts respectively to the song, thus completing its “Elysification”. This recording is somewhat of an anomaly as it’s kind of an imagining of the original song which was in my head when I was writing it, before we put it together in SBC but also kind of a cover of the song it eventually turned into.

Sadly, the song seems to be lyrically more relevant with each passing year. Since writing it almost a decade ago, there have been countless divisive devices deployed in the media to keep us all arguing with each other and the proliferation of social media has only exacerbated this.

Riding The Cloud was the first track to appear on the Time and Tide album, yet it was the last one we wrote for it. Consequently, I have since felt it was recorded somewhat prematurely. It has been a live favourite for some time and I had been wanting to re-record the vocals in particular for a long while. So I took the decision to rework it. I thought that the main body of the song would lend itself well to being a “single” version in its own right. We also took the opportunity to touch up some other parts before remixing it from the ground up. This is more than just a “snipped” down version, each track has been carefully readdressed. It’s a lyrically a favourite of mine and addresses the social anxiety which plagues me from time to time.

The Last Time (Bad Disciple) is another re-imagining of one of our songs by Phil Sibson (Bad Disciple). After his fantastic rework of This Rising Sun, which we published as a “b-side” of “Drown”, he got his teeth into The Last Time. This is much more than just a remix or cover. As he did for This Rising Sun, he pretty much stripped everything away apart from the vocals, reworking and restructuring the whole piece as very much a synth based affair. Phil has a very unique ear and has worked on our material a few times. He hears certain essences and echoes within the song and brings them to the fore, resulting in something which is more a complement piece to the original, as opposed to a “different version”.

This EP will be available to buy and stream from all good digital outlets. It’s up on Bandcamp now and the others will follow shortly.

Hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it!

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By Alec Posted in Blog

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