Dive Dive are a British rock band, composed of Jamie Stuart (guitar
Ben Lloyd (guitar and vocals),
Nigel Powell (drums and
Tarrant Anderson (bass guitar). Ben Lloyd, Nigel Powell
Tarrant Anderson also play as full-time members of Frank Turner's
band, The Sleeping Souls.
Dive Dive formed in 2001 in Oxford,
England after the breakup of the
members' previous bands,
Unbelievable Truth (Nigel Powell) and
Dustball (Jamie Stuart and Tarrant Anderson), in 2000. The band were
championed from early on by John Peel, for whom they recorded a number
of sessions at the
Maida Vale Studios
Maida Vale Studios and also performed live on
BBC Radio 1 show.
1.1 Debut album
1.2 Backing Frank Turner
1.3 Second album
1.4 Third album
2.1 Studio albums
4 External links
Dive Dive performing in 2005
Dive Dive's first release was "The Crock" (an instrumental track that
often closed their concerts up to 2007). This appeared in 2002 on a
joint EP, "When I Wank On My Guitar The Whole World Wanks With Me", on
the Oxford-based independent record label, Juggernaught Records. Other
bands on the EP were The Rock Of Travolta, Six Ray Sun and South Sea
Company Prospectus. "The Crock" was followed a few months later by a
four track EP, "Sounds All Wrong", also on Juggernaught Records. In
Dive Dive released "Name & Number" as a 7" single on Oxford
indie label Vacuous Pop Records, which garnered national press
attention for the band for the first time, including single of the
week in The Independent. "Name & Number" was followed by the
release of a single, "Good Show" on Idle Records in early 2004,
which again attracted positive reviews, including another single of
the week in The Independent. By 2004 the band's developing reputation
as an outstanding live act led to an album deal with London-based
independent label, Diablo Records. Diablo released Dive Dive's debut
album, Tilting At Windmills, in June 2005, along with three
supporting radio singles "Good Show", (rereleased) "555 For
Filmstars" and "The Sorry Suitor". "555 For Filmstars" and "The
Sorry Suitor" both received a moderate amount of national and regional
radio play, and entered the
UK Indie Chart
UK Indie Chart at #6 and #10 respectively.
The band were joined on stage by Ride's Laurence Colbert and
Philip Selway during the tour to promote the album.
Backing Frank Turner
In 2006 Lloyd, Powell and Anderson recorded as Frank Turner's studio
band for his first solo release "Campfire Punkrock". The record was
recorded in Dive Dive's studio in the basement of bassist Tarrant
Oxford home, and released on
Xtra Mile Recordings in
September 2006. In January 2007,
Dive Dive appeared as Frank Turner's
backing band on his first full band tour of the UK. On subsequent
Frank Turner tours, Stuart dropped out of the line up due to other
commitments, however Lloyd, Powell and Anderson still make up three
quarters of his backing band. Lloyd and Powell contributed to Frank
Turner's first two albums (
Sleep Is For The Week
Sleep Is For The Week and Love, Ire and
Song), Lloyd as record producer and guitarist and Powell as drummer
and keyboardist. Tarrant was present as bassist for all full band
touring, and contributed as a recording musician to 2009's Poetry of
the Deed album.
Dive Dive's second album, Revenge of the Mechanical Dog, was
recorded during 2007 in gaps between touring as Turner's live band. It
was released on the band's own label, Land Speed Records, in
conjunction with the
Oxford indie label
Truck Records and Pinnacle
Lloyd, Powell and Anderson's commitments in Turner's band have meant
Dive Dive live shows have been sparse since 2007, however the band
recorded their third album, Potential, in 2010 and this was released
Xtra Mile Recordings on 17 January 2011, preceded by single "Liar"
on 13 December 2010.
Ben Lloyd and
Tarrant Anderson on stage with Frank
Turner and Turner's keyboard player, Matt Nasir, at Wembley Stadium,
Tilting at Windmills (2005)
Revenge of the Mechanical Dog (2007)
"Good Show" (2004)
"555 for Film Stars" UK Indie #6, UK Chart 48 (2005)
"The Sorry Suitor" UK Indie #10, UK Chart 54 (2005)
"The Game" (2007)
^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.).
London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 158.
^ a b c d "
^ "Drowned In Sound".
Frank Turner interview".
^ a b "Official UK Chart Website".
Rocksound review of Potential (2010) - Review[permanent dead link]
Kerrang! review of Potential (2010) - Review[permanent dead link]