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To celebrate the release of its new single “Toe the Line,” Charleston alt-punk band Short Division is holding a release show at Burn’s Alley July 11 with local groups Blue Ricky, Abrevity and Love Taco along with uptempo rock band Poor Richards from Jacksonville Beach.

The emo-influenced act — guitarist and lead vocalist Brandon Crockett, bassist and background vocalist Alex Hunter, and drummer Jeffrey O’Brien — has had an eventful year. The band released an EP You Do the Math at the tail end of 2019, but in early 2020 the pandemic forced them to cancel the gigs planned to promote the new project.

“Everything shut down. We were trying to figure out when we could even be in a room together again,” said O’Brien. 

While taking a break from playing live in mid-2020, Short Division sat down with a new collection of songs and were in the process of recording when one member decided to part ways with the band. The restructuring left the remaining members deliberating how to proceed.

“Through that process we were trying to pare down and figure out how we were going to release as a group, and even how we were going to move forward as a group,” said O’Brien. The group ended up emerging as a three-piece, releasing the single, “Coast to Coast,” in April and following it up with “Toe the Line.”

The band is excited to return to the lively scene at Burn’s Alley, having played there many times — the venue hosted the release party for the 2019 EP.

Short Division has shared the stage with grunge rockers Abrevity in these post-pandemic times, but this release show will be the band’s first performance with Poor Richards, punk outfit Blue Ricky and ska group Love Taco.

Of Short Division’s individual sound, O’Brien says: “You can hear some emo influence, some punk influence. I don’t know where that leaves it in terms of what our genre is; people who are heavily embedded in other genres like our music, which is validating.”

Short Division is looking forward to playing more shows in the Charleston area and hopes to add some out-of-town gigs to the docket in the next few months. The band also has plans to release new music later this year.

The Burns Alley show is a free-admission matinee with music starting at around 3 p.m.