For a bit of a different ‘In Five’ feature, Divide and Dissolve share five important books that have impacted them and their work.

Comprised of Takiaya Reed and Sylvie Nehill, the Melbourne-based duo’s thunderous, droning heavy metal acts as a vessel for their fight against systemic oppression. Consistently using their voice and platform as a form of protest, drawing attention to this struggle against oppression and the manifold ways this manifests, Divide and Dissolve’s art is powerful, urgent and vital channeling the true, radical essence of punk.

TFW, their upcoming double-single due out on Saddle Creek August 7th, draws on both Nehill and Reed’s Indigenous identity; “TFW is a map we created to fight the dispossession that we both experience and strive to negate. It is a humble and demanding petition for Indigenous Sovereignty, decolonization in all it’s formations, our connection with the Earth, Water, Life, people and our responsibilities”, they express.

Their visceral and formidable latest single ‘RVR’ forms one half of this upcoming release and offers just over three minutes of shuddering guitar riffs, crashing cymbals and guttural intensity. Speaking further on the double-single, they state “TFW is a manifestation of our resistance to colonization, slavery, racism, the carceral state, imperialism, and oppressive power structures and idealogies.”

1. Beyond Settler Time: Temporal Sovereignty and Indigenous Self-Determination By Mark Rifkin

Decolonising could be perceived as an internal and external process. This book is extremely trippy and does a deep exploration into temporal sovereignty from a very Indigenous perspective. This exploration is the personification of self love.

2. There There By Tommy Orange

There There takes stolen Indigenous land back from the colonising state of mind. An unflinching narrative intricately woven together with multiple characters stories.

3. Giovanni’s Room By James Baldwin

Love is sometimes a tragedy. When attempting to love I think it’s important to keep this in mind. Sometimes it works. Sometimes the universe doesn’t allow it. Sometimes it’s meant to be. Sometimes it simply isn’t. Sometimes we bring our best selves and are completely broken down and learn to build ourselves back up again. Or we don’t.

4. Shotgun Seamstress Zine Series:

This series of zines was written by my Punk Mother Osa Atoe. She introduced me to some of the most beautiful music and books I’ve ever experienced. She taught me, Takiaya more about loving others and myself. These zines are love letters to Black Punks and weirdos everywhere. The existence of these zines makes the world a better place.

5. Assata: An Auto Biography By Assata Shakur

This book contains the key to never giving up. Sometimes when you have done nothing wrong people will still imply your guilt. In order to live you might have to fight for your life. When reading Assata Shakurs autobiography your core will become strong.

Pre-order ‘TFW’ here.

Photo credit: Atong Atem S