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Divorce sign to EMI imprint Gravity and announce forthcoming EP, Heady Metal

04 September 2023, 17:20 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Nottingham indie heavyweights Divorce are set to announce their new EP alongside the single, "Scratch Your Metal", following its BBC 6 Music premiere with Steve Lamacq.

Arriving hot on the heels of BBC 6 Music-playlisted lead track, "Birds", Divorce return with the brand new single, "Scratch Your Metal".

Detailing their second EP reveal, co-vocalist/bassist Tiger Cohen-Towell explained: “I think this is probably the closest thing to a love song that’s been written for Divorce. "Scratch Your Metal" means showing the most difficult and sometimes unbearable parts of yourself outwardly, because the sound of something scratching against metal is the most unpleasant noise I can think of. To be earnest, the song is about the duality of relationships, and accepting a partner as flawed and human in the same ways as yourself. It was written on a cheap Casio keyboard at a friend’s I was staying at in London, and it’s Divorce’s own little stab at synth pop banger”.

Discussing the accompanying visuals, drummer Kasper Sandstrøm added: “For this video, we worked with our good pals Clump Collective to create something really free flowing. The theme of the song is based on identity in all its forms, so we decided that instead of coming up with a choreographed dance that we needed to practice beforehand, we'd move in ways that felt natural to each of us, no matter how it looked! It turns out we're all secretly professional dancers, which made the process extremely easy and not at all time consuming."

Marshalled by songwriting duo Tiger Cohen-Towell and Felix Mackenzie-Barrow, the group’s forthcoming EP signals a closer collaboration than ever between the two bandmates, providing a striking portrayal of insecurity and questioning whether to trust oneself or your new surroundings. The character studies of debut EP, Get Mean, are gone; in their place more vulnerable narratives about grappling with identity amid the new pressures they were experiencing following their rise.

"Scratch Your Metal" is out now via Gravity/EMI. Divorce's forthcoming EP, Heady Metal, is set for release on 17 November.

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