Ages and Ages Explain Divisionary

(Radio.com) Ages and Ages recorded their 2011 debut, Alright You Restless in eight days, but in an attempt to avoid the sophomore slump they spent several months milling over their latest release, Divisionary. Lead vocalist Tim Perry even found himself participating in a ten-day silent retreat in order to find the album's center. Eventually, the band found their direction, encapsulating all of their ideas in one word: Divisionary.

The word has no formal dictionary definition, but Perry describes "Divisionary" as "signify[ing] a group whose concept of right is upsetting to the status quo. But it can also be an individual whose concept of right is upsetting to her/his conditioned beliefs." This philosophy can be heard on many tracks, particularly the titular closing track "Divisonary (Do The Right Thing)."

On the song, Perry shouts, "Do the right thing, do the right thing/Do it all the time, do it all the time/Make yourself right, never mind them/Don't you know you're not the only one suffering," capturing the internal struggle we all face when it comes to choosing between right and wrong.

On both records, the Pacific Northwestern indie folk band worked around the premise of a concept album with Alright You Restless telling the story of a group leaving a disparaging society for a safe haven and starting a new community, while Divisionary explores the second part of the tale, where reality finally settles in.

"The first record feels more optimistic in a na´ve sort of way, and the new one is coming from a little more mature place," bassist Rob Oberdorfer explained. "The excitement and newness of the first period of the band was eroded by the realities involved with balancing life and art, with coping with loss and change."

Traces of the upbeat optimism from Alright You Restless can be heard briefly throughout this album, such as the opening track "Light Goes Out" and "I See More." But those happy moments quickly transition into the somber musings that are predominant throughout Divisionary. Tracks like "Our Demons" and "Ante Up," use Perry and co.'s wails of harmonized, churchlike vocals to contrast the epic guitar and clanking keys.

"We've always had a bit of the secular gospel thing happening musically, it's just sort of our style, and it's a natural association when you've got seven plus people singing together," explains Oberdofer. more on this story

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