Divide & Dissolve  + Blacks’ Myths at Strange Brew
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"Black and indigenous liberation through ecstatic, orchestral sludge - Divide and Dissolve are the shot-in the arm toxic metal culture definitely needs. Equal parts droning doom, desolate jazz and decolonisation FFO: Earth, Vagina Witchcraft, Lingua Ignota, Burning Witch, Messa, Colin Stetson. "

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A gig held at Strange Brew on Wednesday 6th September. The event starts at 19:00.

Strange Brew presents:
Divide and Dissolve (Invada, Aus)
Blacks' Myths (Atlantic Rhythms, USA)
Trigger Discipline (Leafcake Lab, USA)

Weds 6th Sept
7pm - 10pm

Divide and Dissolve's live show is renowned for its bone-crushing power. Few bands use their voice and platform quite as powerfully as they do. Mirroring the brash potency of their dynamic Drone music, they fight forward using their performances to draw attention to the ongoing battle against systemic oppression. Takiaya is Black and Cherokee, and Sylvie is Maori.

“We would like to observe a radical shift in the current paradigm of complacency in regards to oppressive power dynamics, genocide, racism, white supremacy, and colonization,” the band have previously said. “To give weight and validation to voices that are traditionally misrepresented and criminalized before given a chance to speak.”

Their new album Systemic (released on Geoff Barrow's Invada) examines the systems that bind us and calls for an alternative that facilitates life for everyone. Their mission is to make music that honours their ancestors and Indigenous land, to oppose white supremacy, and to work towards a future of Black and Indigenous liberation. Their widely acclaimed third album Gas Lit in 2021 was hailed Mary Anne Hobbs’ Album of the Year.

Blacks' Myths is a core duo of Luke Stewart and Warren Crudup III. Using electric bass guitar, electronics, and drums, the group builds walls of sound in dynamic variation. Complex loops and ecstatic melodies outline the pieces, creating a compelling sonic story line.

The deeper purposes however are in the intention of the Music, the messages delivered into the vibrations. The group is concerned with the idea of History, of Memory, of the power of creating a tuned state of being. For through the journey in sound lies the meditation on the history of blackness, the personal memory lens of an increasingly complex world full of alternate facts and rehashed stories. History thus becomes Mythology, in the ways in which we experience its weighty meanings in our lives.

Through accessing the power of Sound, the story unfolds in physical frequencies that can re-tune the sub-conscious being otherwise known as the Spirit. The specific historical themes comes from lived experience, stories told.

Emerging from an enchanted forest in the infamous Bridgewater Triangle of MA,
Alyssa Gallagher and Jae Yahkèl Estes imbue their own unique artistic sensibilities into apocalyptic doom pop music that is tempered with a grain of hope.