Updated 23/05: Since the publication of this article, Divide and Dissolve's "Resistance" video has been removed from and reuploaded to YouTube, as well as prompted wide media response. More here.
Divide and Dissolve, fresh from a massive jaunt around the U.S., (which included showcases at SXSW and a support slot on Poliça's tour) have returned to so-called Australia to tour their sophomore record Abomination. To mark the tour announcement, the experimental doom duo made up of Takiaya Reed (on sax, guitar and live effects) and Sylvie Nehill (on drums and live effects), are today sharing the video for "Resistance," which we're premiering in full above.
The clip, filmed and edited by Anita Cummins, depicts Reed and Nehill using super soakers filled with urine to spray colonial monuments such as Captain Cook's Cottage. The clip's concept is funny, and watching Reed and Nehill gleefully desecrate these monuments of genocide is a blast, but at its core the video speaks to Divide and Dissolve's stated mission: to decolonise, dismantle white supremacist structures, and empower black and indigenous people. Along with the video, Reed and Nehill wrote a statement:
We would like to acknowledge these are a few of the many monuments to genocide, white supremacy, colonial violence,cultural genocide, ecocide, slavery, rape, and murder. We are so excited to live in a world where these monuments do not exist.
Bring them down.
We're also stoked to have Divide and Dissolve headlining the first Noisey party for 2018! Takiaya and Sylvie will lead a stacked bill featuring Pillow Pro, Netti, Kalyani & Isha and Noisey DJs. It's on Friday 1st June at Howler Melbourne and it's completely free. Howler is an accessible venue with gender neutral bathrooms, and Divide and Dissolve's set will also be AUSLAN interpreted by Bethany Robinson and Charis Keogh. Watch a message from Bethany and Charis about the show below:
Grab all the details and RSVP to the Noisey Party here, and find Divide & Dissolve's Abomination Tour details below:
May 25th, 2018 –– Animal House, Adelaide SA
May 26th, 2018 –– Crown and Anchor Hotel, Adelaide SA with Latoya Aroha Rule, Dominic Eliseo, Insomnicide and Ventilation Episode
May 31st, 2018 –– The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville NSW with Marcus Not Singing, Thorax and Loose-y Crunché
June 1st, 2018 ––Howler, Melbourne VIC with Bethany Robinson & Charis Keogh, Pillow Pro, Netti, Kalyani & Isha and Noisey DJs (Free Show)
Howler Melbourne is located on the stolen, unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Noisey acknowledges that sovereignty was never ceded.