We chat with Divorce Finance about their debut single Django and Peaky Blinders inspo quotes.
So tell us about Divorce Finance, where are you from, where are you at?
Divorce Finance are fucked-up Americana band from the wilds of West Yorkshire. Started as a home-recording project in the depths of lockdown one, we’ve developed into a full five-piece band; knocking on the doors of Leeds’ premium live acts.
Your first single “Django” takes post-punk elements and combines them with rockabilly guitar stylings, are the 50s your primary source of inspiration?
I wouldn’t call the 50’s our only inspiration per se, but I am a huge fan of the warm simplicity of the Sun Studios Rockabilly/Country sound. Cold War nostalgia is a big part of what we do and I enjoy channelling and satirising classic sounds and song structures of the 50’s/60’s/70’s. I like to think the juxtaposition of these “Golden-Age” sounds and values against my lyrical observations of what the world became creates some sort of sleazy hauntology. People seem to enjoy it.
“Everyone still thinks they’re Mark E Smith” – is this a rejection of the wave of “Art Rock” we’ve seen take hold in the UK over the last 10 years?
It’s a comment on the ever-more uniform sound of everyone’s favourite blanket-term: the music that is now known as “post-punk”. The song is about examining generational difference in opinion of what makes a “hero”; and whilst to me Mark E Smith is one of the only names mentioned who would be somewhat worthy of that title, half the cunts ripping him probably wouldn’t of even heard of him till they heard Do Nothing on Radio 6.