Daily Dose: Divine Feed – Valdosta
With the release of his self-titled album, Divine Feed brings an indie attitude to a classic genre. Lush with catchy guitar hooks, choir-esque backing vocals, and a mix of natural and electronic instrumentation, the record boasts the aesthetic of an experimental 90’s classic rock album. Though the songs that comprise Divine Feed are diverse, there is a glue that holds it all together almost like a concept album. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the structural and emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single. ” Valle D’ Acosta”, is an upbeat instant classic in the vein of classic indie rock. Complete with layered vocal melodies, and a fun and open feel, the song propels itself along on an unstoppable groove that will demand infinite replay.
“Valle d’Aosta” is a tribute jam to my hometown of Valdosta, Georgia. Valle d’Aosta is our sister city in the Northwest of Italy. A supposed valley of beauty and our namesake. Valdosta, Georgia is geographically located on what’s called a coastal plain. Things move slower here and sometimes ugliness threatens to overshadow our beauty. I just like the imagery of my hometown as a verdant, beautiful valley accepting of humanity’s diverse gifts. I guess maybe it’s a hopeful vision for the future of my people.” explains songwriter Johnathan Coody of his single.
Although the single speaks volumes for the album, to get a real understanding for where Coody is coming from, it should be heard in it’s entirety. Songs like “Three Wheelin'” bring out the nostalgic pop staples the record surprises you with when you least expect it.
“All of the songs are singles and represent the album, because they all represent or speak to different chapters of the same story, and they were all recorded on the fly. Every element of these songs is a hook. Every moment is unique and filled with character and eccentricity. Modern music is sterile product. The human ear seeks to recognize the humanity in song. That comes from nuance, dynamics, and the creative decisions made or captured by a real artist with flavor.” says Coody of the album, and his song-writing process.
Johnathan Coody was the original founding member of the band Ninja Gun, who has had several songs placed in shows like Friday Night Lights, Desperate Housewives, The Real World, and more. Not bad for a punk band from a pig farm. The band also shared the stage with some big names and through that, as well as the recording of superior albums, gained a dedicated fan base that still exists today.
Born from the sheer joy of spontaneous creation, Divine Feed started as a batch of songs from songwriter/performer Johnathan Coody. Eventually, the songs started piling up and recurring themes became evident because of the close proximity of their creation. Coody recognized their interconnected nature despite their sometimes radically different styles and a full album that tells a story emerged. A record needs a name and Coody found the idea of a singular name for project and debut album appealing, so the album became Divine Feed as well. The songs on the Divine Feed album were created almost completely during the actual recording process. Going in blind, Coody wrote each song literally on the fly. The release was written, recorded, published, and promoted within a month of its conception.
As Johnathan himself puts it, “We were immensely gratified with the product of our sonic adventure. I hope for Divine Feed to grow into a collective that will include talented artists that I choose to collaborate with in the future. This album is me to the core. Sometimes raw, sometimes beautiful, always honest. I’m a South Georgia pig farmer’s son that seeks to relate. Isn’t that maybe the whole point of existence? I want to love and be loved. Please allow yourself to fall in love with me!”
Divine Feed are already lining up support tours as they will busy promoting the record on the road for a large part of 2016.
SOURCE: Official Bio