The Dives (Detroit)
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The Dives (Detroit)

Detroit, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Detroit, Michigan, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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Magnificent Desolation - Released April 3, 2014



Sometimes, a good rock band is as simple as three guys and a good hook.

For power trio The Dives, this is the golden rule. When the group came together to write material for their new release, Magnificent Desolation, they came to the game with hooks that could catch a marlin.

We werent trying to sound like ten guys, says McPherson of the collaboration.  We just wanted to sound like three guys who click when they play together.

The Dives is comprised of veteran Detroit rockers Kevin Perri (The Junk Monkeys) on bass, Andrew Pike (The Black Mollies, Fecker Patrol) on drums and Ron McPherson (Joint Chiefs of Detroit, Sunday Painters) on vocals and guitar.

Although each song on Magnificent Desolation has a distinct mood, sometimes fun and irreverent, sometimes serious and searching, the continuity that bonds the work is the bands signature sound: driving riffs, compelling lyrics and a presentation that is unmistakably rock and roll.

Case in point: Second Man. The song is a subtle but clever ode to astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. The songs arrangement takes multiple dips and turns, but never veers off course.

Throughout the album, the mood shifts in varying directions. Whiskey Talking and Wild Flower are on opposite ends of the spectrum thematically but the sound throughout is always distinctly The Dives.

Magnificent Desolation may be the first stop for The Dives, but it is clearly not the final destination. According to front man, Ron McPherson, what inspires the trio most is the how well they read each other in the moment.

Although each player brings his own taste and background in music, Perri's penchant for the Clash and The Replacements goes toe-to-toe with Pike's partiality for the Ramones and The Dead Boys, while McPherson's musical experience is informed more by Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones. But the trio's synthesis comes from their ability to meet in the middle.

"The simple way of putting it is that we just play really good together. We have a knack for being 'locked in' to what each other is doing on stage. We just always seem to pick up on each others vibe", says McPherson. "When we finally came together to write this album, we said, lets just write and make some good songs."

Because sometimes thats all you need: three guys and a good hook.

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