Article by: TJ Delima
One of the lines from the new song Destiny by The Line Divides, which tells the story of a man who wishes he could go back in time and undo a failed relationship, a man who could only call out to Destiny in the hopes of being once again reunited with the girl he cherished.
This is a story that everyone can connect to in some way. We’ve all been there at one point or another in our lives. When all we wanted was for fate to reunite us with someone, the song Destiny explicitly provided us with a straightforward take on this extremely relevant theme, as it happens most of the time in real life.
The song’s lyrics were written by Louie Tabaña and Nestor Abellana, the band’s vocalist and keyboard player respectively. They shared to us how the process of writing the song came to be.
“I started writing a few lines and experimented on tunes with a guitar. I shared my rough draft to Janjan and he added more to the writing and started building up the song’s mood and nostalgia.”Louie Tabaña
Louie also said that they were constructing the portions of the song in their respective homes throughout the pandemic and would send works to each other online before eventually meeting together and working on the track together.
Producing music was undoubtedly tough during the pandemic, but with the help of the internet and everyone’s support, The Line Divides overcame it. For them, there’s nothing too difficult when it comes to creating and sharing music, and thus Destiny was born.
Destiny is The Line Divides‘ second single following their memorable Hello Sunshine single from 2019. They continue to bring their synth-driven trademark and alt rock touch to their tunes. It’s engaging— as Louie Tabaña, the band’s vocalist, points out— in the sense that, while bearing a melodramatic topic, it doesn’t end there and endeavors instead to lift the song to a whole new mood. The groovy-ness and loud sounds intertwine with the tune to keep you moving and headbanging.
Besides that, let’s talk about the album art which was made by Inodoro™️. I must say, the album art, with two hands reaching out to Destiny, visually captured the message of the song. PJ Ong, the man behind Inodoro™️ and Melt Records’ creative director, shared his experience working with the band. “They said it would be great if I could visualize it. I knew from then on I didn’t want to make it too literal and proceeded with an abstract approach. Balancing my style with their vision. After listening to the song repeatedly, I wanted to incorporate the “electric” feel, that heavy synth-influence and at the same time capturing the same energy of the song in the artwork. Enough to leave more room for interpretations.”
I wanted to incorporate the “electric” feel, that heavy synth-influence and at the same time capturing the same energy of the song in the artwork.PJ Ong, Inodoro™️
PJ also mentioned how it was challenging and exciting at the same time to work with them for the album cover and loved how open they were to fresh ideas. As a result, he learned more about his own style, skills, and the dynamics they shared as artists in different fields. The band really enjoyed working on the project too since it took them both out of their comfort zones while still being able to create a work of art!
With all of that said, Destiny is a work of art created by all of the people involved in its production. Even in this difficult time of the pandemic, the band aims to reach out and inspire everyone, encouraging them to be transported back to the days when we all used to attend live face-to-face gigs. Listening to The Line Divides‘ Destiny will certainly evoke feelings of nostalgia and it’s a sort of nostalgia that you’ll want to keep listening to.
Listen to the track on Spotify today!