Pulling together a myriad of different sonics, inspirations & feelings, DIVERS are today sucking fans into the vortex that is their dreamy & spirited new single Security. Grooving, wandering drums back a hazy vocal from Scott McQuilten, meandering atop a pulsating guitar jangle & drifting synths. Somewhat ambiguous vocals push Security into a land of pre-determined cryptic vagueness, with apologies from McQuilten littered throughout the chorus, possibly marking the start of a new period in their lives. Inspired by its double-meaning of safety or rejection, Security provides a way for DIVERS to be both direct & in-direct, within the same moment.
Alongside the release of Security DIVERS are also ecstatic to be announcing their EP ‘Economy Class’, which will feature a further 5 tracks alongside Security. Allowing themselves to explore as musically broadly as possible, DIVERS have pushed their own internal boundaries to bring together a collection of feelings & moments in their lives, to form the upcoming EP. True to their own DIY ethic, the band recorded the tracks for all of the EP at their home studio in Melbourne. ARIA award-winning producer Anton Hagop (Powderfinger, Birds of Tokyo, Missy Higgins) worked to mix the EP, with mastering by George Georgiadis (Tyne-James Organ, Last Dinosaurs).
“We liked that the word security has two meanings. The state of feeling safe and free from danger, but then also the people who will kick you out of the pub if you’re too fucked up. Security feels like that, it’s ambiguous and avoidant but at times direct and to the point. I think it was supposed to be an apology of sorts but even with the lyrics in the chorus, the words wouldn’t come out right. It ends up being a mumbled mess of stubbornness with no definite ending.” – DIVERS
Alongside Security, DIVERS are also unveiling an accompanying music video, capturing their time together in one of their favorite spots; Melbourne’s ChinaTown. Exuberant and playful, the video sees DIVERS as authentic as ever, being wholeheartedly themselves whilst diving deep into the night.
“When doing our music videos we try and pick locations we would enjoy regularly even when there’s no cameras. For Security we thought it’d be cool to just go out and get some dumplings and capture the vibes of Melbourne Chinatown. We shot it on a public holiday eve so there was a bit extra going on and just cruised around a bit whilst schoondy filmed us. Voila.”
Hand plucked by Violent Soho guitarist & Domestic La La’s founder James Tidswell, DIVERS combine multi-instrumentalists Ben Bray, Scott McQuilten, Jake Green and Tom Evans. Video calls & a joint love of music led to the band signing with Domestica La La, joining a roster of Australia’s finest rock-influenced outfits, including Dear Seattle, Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers, LOSER & more. Support from tastemaker triple j (Home & Hosed), as well as triple j Unearthed (Rotation, Top 5 Tracks of The Week) would follow, with praise from Pilerats & Beat Magazine quickly following. The band have now accumulated 100,000+ streams across DSP’s, with their listeners continuously on an uptick.
Sharing stages recently with The Terrys, Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers, STUMPS, Jebediah & stacks more, DIVERS are not only a bands favorite band, but are swiftly growing a reputation as one of Melbourne’s finest guitar-led outfits, with comedian Aaron Gocs a supporter as well. With Security in their back pocket & more to come off of ‘Economy Class’, DIVERS are undoubtedly posed to light up Australia with their eclectic mix of influences from indie, rock, psych & a bit of everything in between.
Security is out Friday May 26th
‘Economy Class’ is out Friday August 18th
With thanks to Beehive PR + Domestic La La Records