Montreal duo Divided Countries are fronted by Johnny Frank, whose vocals pack plenty of attitude and are mixed with lots of overmodulation. This makes a strong first impression––Frank’s edgy confidence sounds cool––but its overuse wears thin after a while. And his lyrics could be more imaginative. Songs “Rise from the Ashes” and “I’ve Seen Better Days” are bleak, edgy, angular. Both share a similarly moody sludginess that’s powered by drum and bass and accented by an okay guitar solo. Most successful is the duo’s lighter tune, “Set Me,” which has a bouncy electronic throb and shimmering guitar chords. The song’s more playful vibe suggests that this might be the band’s true comfort zone.