Rescue Rangers – Marseilles’ chief proponents of hard rock and grievous genre assault – are back with their brand-new studio album, Divisive, the much-anticipated sequel to 2017’s outstanding call-to-arms, Join Hate. Divisive will be released on April 5th on Klonosphere. Check out the new lyric video for opening single ‘Accelerate’ here:
Due for release on Klonosphere this April, Divisive not only marks a return to form for the French quartet but a chance to forge ahead with even bigger and bolder ideas. Since their formation over a decade ago, every day that’s passed has only served to heighten vocalist/guitarist Pascal Mascheroni’s near talismanic-like qualities as a songwriter. A long-serving student and practitioner of classic rock, metal and hardcore punk, the release of the band’s debut album Guitars And Dust Dancing (2010) and follow-up Manitoba (2012) on Trendkill Recordings, deftly showcased the wide range of influences at play on both Mascheroni’s mind and music collection.
The real affirmation of Rescue Rangers’ prowess however came in 2009, after the band played a local show with desert rock nonconformist Nick Oliveri. Not only did Oliveri love the band enough to lend vocals to ‘Creeper, The One Who Creeps,’ (from Manitoba) he invited the band to join Mondo Generator on tour across North America that following summer. A fellow kindred spirit and stoic campaigner of high-octane rock ’n’ roll, after one performance in Los Angeles with the former Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age bass player, the band were approached backstage by another cult luminary and equally enamored Rescue Rangers-supporter-in-waiting, Page Hamilton. At Hamilton’s request the band completed an extensive tour supporting his legendary NYC noisemakers Helmet across France and entered the studio upon returning to record new album, Join Hate. Released in 2017 on the band’s own F200 Records (and produced by Hamilton), the band’s third release was an out-and-out treat for fans of heavy rock and electrifying song writing. Ballsy, voluminous and stacked with promise, it was an ear opener and statement on just how far they’d progressed since day one.
Now, with a New Year and driven by completely fresh set of ambitions, the band find themselves readying the release of their fourth album, Divisive. Working once again with Page Hamilton on production duties, Divisive is stacked with a captivating sense of nostalgia, with tracks like ‘Concrete City’; ‘Refined Barbarians’ and the album’s title track harking back to the glory days of alt-rock bands like Sugar, Afghan Whigs and Quicksand. While the headier and more hardcore moments on ‘Authority’ and ‘Accelerate’ wouldn’t sit out of place on some of the finest, early ’00s British guitar rock albums by the likes of Therapy? and Jetplane Landing. With one foot in the past and the other pressed firmly on an overdrive peddle, while there’s plenty to acquaint one’s self with, there’s even more that’s driven by pure harmonious invention.
Pascal Mascheroni – Guitar, Vocals
Manu Martinez – Bass
Julien Martinez – Drums
Nicolas Tchakamian – Guitar
RESCUE RANGERS ‘DIVISIVE’ TOUR:
1/03 – L’Usine (Pre-release Party) – Istres, France
9/03 – The Unicorn Camden Live – London, UK
10/03 – West Street Live – Sheffield, UK
12/03 – Trillians – Newcastle, UK
13/03 – Bloc+ – Glasgow, UK
14/03 – Whistlebinkies – Edinburgh, UK
20/04 – Espace El Doggo – Limoges, France
21/04 – Le Ferrailleur Café Concert – Nantes, France
25/04 – Le Farmer – Lyon, France
26/04 – The Black Sheep – Montpellier, France
19/05 – Festival Aix-en-Provock #2 – Aix-en-Provence, France