The year is 2006. Matt Silver and Matt Godin decided to put their musical talents together and become Eyes of Youth. It was their first show at the Wing Shack in Whitby where they first felt the love of the performance and the interaction between the band and fans began.
“We went through transitions that seemed to be necessary to get the right fill,” stated Matt Silver. As of 2008, nearly two short years later, the cast of One Divided became complete when the ladies’ man and bassist Tyler M. came into play, making this three-piece band complete. They immediately got to work and released the five-track and self-titled EP “One Divided”.
Mr. Brian Silver saw One Divided playing in 2010. He said, “I had a great feel and instant love, I believed in them in the fullest right away. So I approached the boys and offered them my services”. After the band taking a brief 4-month hiatus (Matt Godin was actually playing drums elsewhere) the second Mr. Silver’s management services were the newest addition to the band.
“That’s something we don’t talk about,” Matt Silver and Tyler M. stated as they playfully sneered at their drummer.
The first show booked was at the Pickering Flea Market shortly after regrouping. The highlight of the event? Matt Godin will never forget his friend eating the Pickering Flea Market sushi. “I’ve never seen someone so daring,” he says!
Shortly after, the twelve song album “Shape Your Life” was released. By 2011, they had come back and meant business. They played at the Randy and Lahey (of Trailer Park Boys fame) show, as well as the Nazareth show at The ROI in their hometown of Oshawa, Ontario. Anton Evans, who they would later record their “Good Reasons” EP with in early 2012, even approached Manager Brian Silver in the late months of 2011.
Matt Silver said that “2012 was a very busy one, Brian did his homework. The band played numerous showcases across the GTA”. Attending these shows were such names as: Dan Hann (Universal Records), Ron Lapatta (Warner Bros.) and Rose Salnic (Road Runner Records).
“Songwriting was a major part of our 2012,” Matt Silver continues. “We appeared on the Queen Street Strip in Toronto”. They mostly played the Opera House, amongst others.
“We currently have 120 songs to pick from for every set,” says Tyler M.
“The chemistry of the band is what makes songwriting so easy,” added Matt Silver.
“But also hard,” adds Matt Godin, “because we love them all. We mostly allow the fans to dictate the flow of our set.”
“We use our gut feelings!” They all chimed in, laughing.
What to expect of One Divided in the future?
“We want to reach as many people as possible, enjoy ourselves, as well as the perks behind him” replied Matt Silver.
Matt Godin’s reply was “we are inspired and we mean business. We are in love with our journey.”
I then asked why they were here, why this band, and Tyler M. responded, “That’s a simple question. I just love playing One Divided music, that’s why I’m here.”
One Divided is from Oshawa, Ontario, and I’m to believe they are here to stay. Go check them out and give them some feedback April 26th at the famous Horseshoe in Toronto, for the “Good Reasons” EP release party! They also start recording with Joe Barlow from Hail the Villain shortly. Brian Silver also has plans in set for iTunes where you will be able to get One Divided’s music conveniently. The guys promised me “we will stay true to our roots and we’re here for longevity. One Divided is not going anywhere”!
So stay tuned Durham Entertainment readers. Until next time, check out more about the band, their music and upcoming show dates at www.onedivided.com