Review: Divit / Everyday Victory

Divit / Everyday Victory
(Rise Records)

Divit obviously listened to Jimmy Eat World’s first album. Maybe they’re a poppier punkish version of Hum. An indie rock band with a crush on stoner jams? Antioch, California’s own Divit churn out such an original sound that any number of descriptions seem accurate. Extended guitar leads, a singer able to scream without ever raising his raspy voice, a constant lurching rhythm section and enthusiastic drumming with the intensity of baseball bats to a windshield fill the first half of this disc. Divit is hip and endearing in a psych pop kind of way, which makes hearing their new full length something to look forward to. To their credit, Everyday Victory is equally as entertaining, but following up a band like Divit is not an easy thing to do. Less explorative than Antioch’s finest, these second set of 4 songs exemplify a sound similar to and as dynamic as early Smashing Pumpkins, minus the lofty squeal. Instead the vocals are very reminiscent of Samiam’s Jason Beebout, which in most cases is quite favorable. These three young men and a lady also pay the same attention to details as Divit does, most notably in the metallic strum of the pressing rhythms, but also in the imperative bellow of the personal lyrics and the prolonged guitar bridges uniting the numerous verses in each song. Divit is an exceptional band, but what’s most exciting is that Everyday Victory is at the same point Divit was when everyone was just starting to recognize their talent. Buy this.