June Divided looks into promising future with new EP, ‘Body Wars’

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 5:52 PM
June Divided looks into promising future with new EP, ‘Body Wars’ by Kimberly Firestine

Fans of indie music would do well to listen to “Body Wars,” the latest release from Philadelphia natives June Divided.

The five track EP — released independently on Dec. 2 — is the follow-up to their 2012 release “Backbone.”

Fronted by strong vocals in the form of Melissa Menago, June Divided shows massive potential from the get go. The opening track, “Firestarter,” welcomes listeners into an album that sticks in your head the second you hit play. The opening track mixes slow piano melodies with quick drum tracking, exploding into a catchy chorus. “Are you a firestarter/Restless in the still waters?” questions Menango.

“I Didn’t Mind”— the album’s second track — is an immediate favorite. Menango’s vocals and lyricism really shine in this song, singing, “I didn’t mind, until you kept a little bit of my heart.” She continues, “I was alright/With the pictures never taken/I was fine just wasting all the time with you.” The album’s title track is more reminiscent of classic rock bands, rather than indie pop, but it works for June Divided. Their mix of guitar riffs especially shines.

There really is not a bad track on this album, and it’s only a matter of time before June Divided catches onto mainstream winds. “Body Wars” was produced by Fred Mascherino, former member of rock veterans Taking Back Sunday.

You can listen to “Body Wars” on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud.

June Divided is Menago (vocals, keys, guitar), Chris Kissel (guitar), Keith Gill (drums) and Lenny Sasso (bass).

Standout tracks: the entire album. 

Kimberly Firestine is The Arts Editor for The Spectator and can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

 

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