YEAR FORMED: 2001
HOME TOWN: San Diego, CA
Goode - Vocals
Stadt - Guitar/Vocals
Spook - Guitar/Vocals
Rice - Bass
Chachi - Drums
In the mathematical sense, dividing anything by zero is impossible. When a calculator tries to divide by zero, it will always receive a fatal error.
If mathematically dividing anything by zero is impossible, then in the musical sense Divided by Zero have proven the contrary – nothing is impossible. Fusing elements of melodic hard rock, punk, and reggae to create a highly original sound that combines metal’s aggressiveness with classic hooks and melodies, San Diego based Divided by Zero channel a number of styles into one concrete sound on their ambitious debut album, The Black Sea.
“The Black Sea has a poisonous atmosphere that prevents parasites from eating away at ancient shipwrecks; leaving them perfectly preserved on the ocean’s floor. Using the shipwrecks as a metaphor for our lives as musicians, I see parallels between that and the music business,” says Divided by Zero frontman Zach Goode about the concept behind the album’s title. “Thousands of us are waiting to be discovered, trapped in lives of our own making. I began to connect the themes of our songs and explored topics of frustration, disappointment, lost love, alienation, and ultimately, hope and redemption.”
After a haunting introduction, the album begins with the explosive “Ashes of Armies”, a fierce meditation on the music industry. Songs like “Chemical” and “The World is not Mine” mix aggressive double bass and incendiary dual guitar work with melodic hooks and flourishes of sitars and keys. The set’s centerpiece is the downtempo stunner “Helicopter” where the lyrics take a more hopeful turn and the song cycle ends with the nearly acoustic “Shame” which is a reminder not to be threatened by your fears.
"Producing music is a natural progression for Sik World. We've always loved and supported the heavier styles of music and feel it's time to contribute. In the past we've anticipated the success of many local circuit bands and recognized their potential before they went on to worldwide acclaim. Now it's time to put our money where our minds are,” states Sik World Founder and President Jaysun Chall. “Divided by Zero write great songs and perform like pros. It's great to have an opportunity to work with a band of their caliber.”
Divided by Zero have seamlessly bridged the gap between musical genres to make one infectious sound. Navigating the often treacherous seas of today’s modern rock world, Divided by Zero’s The Black Sea is an album packed full of captivating melodies, lean grooves, swaggering riffs, and breezy acoustics. It is sure to sail its way into the CD collections of hard rock fans everywhere.