12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Virginmarys pull no punches on their second full-length album; Divides seethes with the kind of gloriously ragged, punk-edged rock that filled their breakthrough debut album, King of Conflict. But the UK trio's followup is somehow bigger than their first—layered with high-volume guitars and echoing vocals calibrated to make ears ring in the arena’s back row. With its pointed social commentary, “Motherless Land” is one of the album’s most intense highlights, but other blistering tracks, like “Walk in My Shoes,” or “Halo in Her Silhouette,” hit just as hard, combining huge guitars and shout-along choruses to recall high-volume ‘70s rock icons.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Virginmarys pull no punches on their second full-length album; Divides seethes with the kind of gloriously ragged, punk-edged rock that filled their breakthrough debut album, King of Conflict. But the UK trio's followup is somehow bigger than their first—layered with high-volume guitars and echoing vocals calibrated to make ears ring in the arena’s back row. With its pointed social commentary, “Motherless Land” is one of the album’s most intense highlights, but other blistering tracks, like “Walk in My Shoes,” or “Halo in Her Silhouette,” hit just as hard, combining huge guitars and shout-along choruses to recall high-volume ‘70s rock icons.

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About The Virginmarys

Mixing the power of the grunge era with the vigor of punk, the Virginmarys create driving hard rock reminiscent of the Foo Fighters. Formed in Macclesfield, England in 2006 by singer and guitarist Ally Dickaty, bassist Chris Birdsall, and drummer Danny Dolan, the band set out to create intelligent hard rock that could be visceral and fun without being meatheaded. The lineup would be short-lived, with bassist Matt Rose taking over for Birdsall in 2009, but the years that followed would see the band release a string of EPs, including 2010's Cast the First Stone, 2011's Just a Ride and Portrait of Red, and 2012's Dead Man's Shoes. Their first proper full-length, King of Conflict, arrived in 2013 on Wind Up Records to a significant amount of critical acclaim. In 2015 the band issued a new single, "Dust," in anticipation of their sophomore studio long-player, Divides, which dropped in early 2016. While on tour in the U.K. in 2017, they released the single "Sweet Loretta (You Know Me Better)." ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
  • FORMED
    2009

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