Written by Alexis Faye.
After an extremely busy 2017, the Dividends are starting 2018 off the right way. They will be on stage at the V-Club on Saturday, January 13. Joining the Huntington-based band will be Morgantown’s Hello June and another Huntington favorite, Of the Dell.
When asked about the last year, lead guitarist and vocalist Alan Brown said “2017 for us was such a fun and fruitful year. We released an EP in early June and landed on some of the most popular events around the region: Taste of All, WV Hot Dog Festival, HMAF (Huntington Music and Arts Festival), Rails and Ales, and even got featured on the national radio program Lex and Terry.” He added that they spent pretty much each weekend from June to November playing in and out of town.
As far as 2018 goes, I asked drummer, Jon Willis, what he expected for the year. He said, “I think we’re in a position where we want to write more. We were so excited to just be out and playing last year. We’re hoping to slow down a bit and concentrate on the writing process and the finished product.”
Brown also mentioned that his favorite part of the experience is just meeting other bands from all over the region. Incidentally, that’s how Hello June came into the picture. The two bands met during HMAF in 2017. Alan recalled that they had a sound that was unique and extremely hard to place. Talking to Sara Rudy (guitar and vocals) later, they booked a show together in Morgantown and now we are finally getting them back to Huntington.
Of the Dell has been making waves in the music scene for a few years and no one expects 2018 to be any different. You can’t help but admire the accomplishments of such a young group. You also can’t help but adore the crazy (fun?) that twins Corey and Cody bring to the table.
This is the Dividends second full year as a band and they’re hoping to continue to have success. When talking with Brown, he mentioned that the band didn’t want to become “stagnant”, that they wanted to continue to improve their craft and challenge themselves, not only individually, but as a band.
Be sure to come catch the fun at the V-club on Saturday night. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 10 p.m. with a $7 cover. Don’t be late!