Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio we’ve been listening to Divining Rod’s latest single, Mason County Line, released today (16 December 2022).
Divining Rod are led by Hawaiian-born, multi-instrumentalist Miyuki Furtado, together with guitarist/vocalist, Patrick Harmon, bassist Matt Svigals and drummer, John Malone. Together they make music which you would expect to hear in every manner of roadhouses, back lots, jamborees & flatbed pickup trucks.
Recorded (almost) live off the floor, this is a track which feels as though the band are standing right in front of you as you listen. Pour yourself a beer and put the speakers out on the back porch.
Mason County Line is a song about love working itself out despite memory lapses and bouts of heated quarrelling. It has the perfect country theme and within seconds of the song starting, you know exactly what you’re going to get. It’s comforting and familiar sounding for anyone that’s ever been to a jamboree.
Starting with a descending line on palm muted guitar, the vocals join the mix with a lovely slap-back delay on them. Furtado’s vocals have that typical country twang to them and his voice is endearing and has just a touch of gravel in all the right places.
The full band join the mix and as the song progresses, you notice that this is a song which maintains the listener’s interest with a familiar chord sequence which rises and falls throughout.
With incidental guitar fills between the vocals and a single-note solo that then builds into a simple but very effective rock/country feeling solo with some exciting choices of notes and a great country tone.
The song feels like we imagine Bon Jovi would if they decided to lean a little bit more into their country roots. Divining Rod are a band that we imagine would steal the show at a country town jamboree. Definitely a band to see live and one who are clearly having a lot of fun with their music.
Ideas from our ears.
A hi-pass filter at 35Hz followed by a cut around 60Hz and a boost around 125Hz would balance out the low end nicely. A cut around 500-520Hz would reduce some slightly ‘honky’ tones too. A high shelf boost in the top 3 octaves with an additional boost around 4kHz would increase the brightness and presence in the track, giving the whole sound a touch more clarity. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Mason County Line has a superb live feel to it from a band that will delight fans of alt-country. We expect Divining Rod will have an extremely busy 2023 if this track is anything to go by.