Divide and Dissolve: Denial

Denial is the second single off the anticipated full length, Gas Lit, by upcoming heavy rock duo, Divide and Dissolve. The new song and video both express the band's consistent fight for Indigenous Sovereignty, Black and Indigenous Liberation, Water, Earth, and Indigenous land given back, together with the destruction of the white supremacist colonial framework.

"I’m a huge fan of D/D and so happy to have made this video for them," says director Amber Beaton, responsible for the new visual. "I understand and appreciate the message behind the music and I wanted to make sure the video held the same intentions no matter how subtle. For instance, we start off with a shot of a Kōwhai tree. Native to Aotearoa, Kōwhai in bloom signifies to Māori that some seafood is ready for harvest, the roots can be used to make fishing hooks, the sap on the sunny side of the tree can be used to heal wounds... but the vibrancy of the yellow flower was also the first thing Captain Cook saw when he arrived on the shores of Aotearoa signalling the start of colonial violence on this whenua/land. The changing colours of its flower in the video represents our change as a country and as people since that fateful arrival."

"Sometimes we don’t need to talk in order for others to understand what’s going on," the band comment. "We are also communicating with our ancestors through the music. Our ancestors help us to communicate with each other on a deeper level as well. This deep connection is able to be achieved without words."

Gas Lit comes out on January 29th, 2021 through Invada.

Band photo by Billy Eyers

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