This year, LVU is seeing contributions from members of our music community who are out on the scene at Musikfest to catch the action. One of those people, WLVU Station Manager John Paul DeBard, caught up with Philadelphia indie rockers June Divided (who we saw at another festival earlier this year) and shared his thoughts on their set.
Finally! June Divided at Musikfest! What a show!
Okay, so I’m a big fan, but judging from the size of the crowd that grew with each passing note, I think it’s safe to say that I have lots of company.
June Divided hails from Philadelphia and, unbelievably, this was their first time in the Lehigh Valley. The band — Melissa Menago (Vocals, Guitar and Keys) , Chris Kissel (Guitar), Keith Gill (Drums) and Lenny Sasso (Bass, Moog and Tomfoolery) — are a high-energy rock ensemble which I would describe as Paramore-meets-Chili Peppers with a sprinkle of U2.
Outside of the powerful voice of miss Menago, strong lyrics, and great hooks, the band thrills with syncopated stops and layers of dynamics which take the listener on a journey. There is a definite emotion that comes out of each song that is actually felt. One of my favorites is “Wreck,” a song that communicates such strong feelings with no light at the end of the tunnel and no silver lining; just guitars howling feedback, begging to be put out of their misery.
June Divided is finishing up their summer tour in support of their new EP, “Body Wars.” If you have never heard June Divided, then to you, it’s all new and there is a treasure trove of music for you to enjoy and explore.
Check them out on ReverbNation and Facebook: just type in June Divided. There’s only one!