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Divided Heaven Announces New EP

dividedheaven-650x434Jeff Berman project Divided Heaven has announced an upcoming EP, which is also streaming on Bandcamp.  The EP will be titled Pacific Avenue, and is set to drop on July 7, 2017 via This Is LA Records

Listen to the six-song disc and make pre-orders here.

La Escalera Records Confirm Full Line-Up For Fest 6

Fest 6 Jan 17Today La Escalera Records have announced the daily line-ups for Fest 6, along with daily wristbands which can now be purchased along with a limited amount of weekend bundles. The punk rock festival celebrates the six year anniversary of the label and takes place in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico from April 14th to 16th, 2017.

Wristbands and bundles for La Escalera Fest 6 can be purchased here

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La Escalera Records Announce Line Up For Fest 6

Fest 6 Jan 17La Escalera Records have announced the line up for La Escalera Fest 6, which celebrates the six year anniversary for the label. Fest 6 will take place in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico from April 14-16, 2017. The current line up includes Allweather, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Beside Myself, Black Dots, The Bombpops, Burn Burn Burn, Caskitt, Civil War Rust, Despero, DFMK, Divided Heaven, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, Hoist The Colors, Hot Bods, The Lucky Eejits, Lysolgang, New Way On, Problem Daughter, Russian Girlfriends, Signalman, Squarecrow and Western Settings with some additional bands to be announced later.

Fest 6 early bird wristbands, and wristband bundles with shirts, are available here

Divided Heaven – The White Rose

dividedheaven-650x434Jeff Berman project Divided Heaven has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “The White Rose” and is part of a two track single set to drop on January 20, 2017.  Berman provides some context for the track in the Bandcamp description:

“‘The White Rose’ was written as a tribute to the eponymous 1942 anti-Nazi, student-led resistance group in steadfast remembrance of their courage and in solidarity against their illegal and unjust persecution. The single stands “as an honest, imperfect, unabashed, vicious and raw response to the Trump demagoguery” and seeks to raise funds for humanitarian aid in Syria, where civilians must bear the very real impact of unjust leaders’ decisions.”

Listen to the new track below.

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Tours: Divided Heaven

dividedheaven-650x434Divided Heaven has announced details for an upcoming tour this Spring.  Jeff Berman continues to support his sophomore LP, ‘Youngblood‘ which was released last year on Say-10 Records.  Be sure to check out our full review of the album.

Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Divided Heaven / Merit

dividedheaven-650x434Divided Heaven has announced details for an upcoming tour including select dates with Merit.  Jeff Berman continues to support his sophomore LP, ‘Youngblood‘ which was released last year on Say-10 Records.  Be sure to check out our full review of the album.

Tour dates are below.

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Divided Heaven Announces November/December Tour

LA-baseddividedheaven-650x434 Divided Heaven is finishing 2014 year with another two-month-long winter tour. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles on November 11 and crosses the country (and the Canadian border) before wrapping up in Lancaster, PA. Note only the LA-area dates feature the full band.

Divided Heaven has spent most of 2014 touring in support of his album Youngblood, the sophomore effort was produced by Charlie Stavish (Imagine Dragons, Ryan Adams) and Stephen Egerton (ALL, Descendents)

Check out the full list of dates below.

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Tours: Divided Heaven

divided heavenDivided Heaven has announced details for an upcoming European tour.  The solo artist will be touring in support of the sophomore LP ‘Youngblood‘ which was released back in March  on Say-10 Records.  Be sure to check out our full review of the album.

Tour dates are below.

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Divided Heaven American Roots Sessions

divided heavenDivided Heaven recently sat down for a few songs as part of the American Root Sessions.  Front man Jeff Berman sat down for solo acoustic renditions of “Kateiswar,” Melissa Militia” and “Skyway” from his sophomore LP Youngblood which was released Match 25, 2014 on Say-10 Records.

Watch the three sessions below.

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Divided Heaven – Ego And Nothing More

divided heavenDivided Heaven has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Ego And Nothing More” and was released in anticipation of their sophomore LP ‘Youngblood‘ which will be released Match 25, 2014 on Say-10 Records.

Along with the song premiere, front man Jeff Berman also sat down for an interview with Punks In Vegas, which can be read along with the song here.

Be sure to check out our full review of the album.

Divided Heaven - Youngblood

Divided Heaven

Youngblood

Say-10 Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

When Jeff Berman’s (The Boils, Protagonist, The Rites, and The Statiks) acoustic solo project, Divided Heaven, made its initial splash with A Rival City, the name of the game was well intended disappointment.  Poor execution outweighed competent musicianship, and nagging flaws overshadowed the best moments.  But while some artists ignore criticism, Berman has taken heed of that disappointment and reworked Divided Heaven for the better.  Sophomore full length Youngblood admirably addresses every former disappointment while staying true to the type of music Berman set out to make.

Perhaps most significantly, this time around Divided Heaven has expanded from the limitations of being just Berman and his guitar by welcoming an entire backing band.  Songs like “Melissa Militia” project soft musical warmth akin to that of Matt Pryor’s most inviting solo outings (think May Day).  Berman’s vocal limitations become absorbed into the mix as he concedes some of the responsibility for weaving hooks to his instrumental companions.  Rather than feeling uptight and forced, Berman comes across far more relaxed, cushioning his naturally high pitch and reserving his wiry solo presence for moving minimalist outings like “Katieswar.” 

The biggest surprise though is just how catchy much of Youngblood plays.  From the forceful alternative chorus propelling “The Worst” and crisp emotional buildup of “Musser Park,” to the bounding energy propping up “Ego And Nothing More,” Divided Heaven stands at an apex of confidence.  Producers Charlie Stavish (Imagine Dragons, Ryan Adams) and Stephen Egerton (ALL, Descendents) might come from two different walks of life, but they clearly worked in harmony to bring out the very best in Berman track after track.

With no two songs sounding alike, Youngblood succeeds at grabbing listeners and sucking them in for twelve unique tracks.  Divided Heaven has undergone tremendous growth since Berman’s humble solo beginnings.  Now armed with just the right balance of personality, emotion and earthy hooks, Divided Heaven is ready for the audience it deserves.

Tours: Divided Heaven / Teen Agers

divided heavenStarting January 2nd, Divided Heaven will be touring the North East with Teen Agers for a quick, ten date tour.

The dates are below.

While normally a solo act, this tour will see Divided Heaven playing with a full band in anticipation of their sophomore LP ‘Youngblood‘ which will be released on Say-10 Records in March.

For their part, Teen Agers are promoting their new Anchorless Records album, I Hate It.

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Divided Heaven - A Rival City

Divided Heaven

A Rival City

Paper + Plastick Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

Divided Heaven, otherwise known as the solo project of Jeff Burman (The Boils, Protagonist, The Rites, and The Statiks), finds the typically hardcore and punk aligned band member taking his talents into the acoustic realm for his debut full length, A Rival City.  The album is completely unplugged, primarily featuring Burman and his guitar, along with the odd percussive shaker or keyboard stroke.  For the most part A Rival City makes a solid first impression, but after a few listens I can’t help but feel as though something is amiss.

While Burman’s vocals get the job done, his nasally high pitch doesn’t exactly inspire the mind as perhaps intended.  Look no further than “Born-Again Non-Believer” for a lyrically sound, introspective piece in which the message ultimately suffers from Burman’s lack of vocal range.  Even the backing vocals seem hollow in what seems intended as a mid-song highpoint.  Even “Keystone,” which comes ripe with inspirational intensions and a refreshing honesty lacks the necessary emotional delivery to connect with his audience.  His voice’s steady sameness fades into the background, dragging his political and personal messages down as well.  But it’s not like Burman isn’t capable of such expression – “The Return” for instance is ripe with a feverish passion perfect for communicating his medium.  Down the line, let’s hope this becomes the norm rather than the exception.

I went into A Rival City really rooting for Divided Heaven.  Not only did Jeff Burman have an inspirational story backing him up, but he also opted to give the entire album away for free from day one.  With a generous spirit and refreshing honesty, I can’t help but cheer from the sidelines despite my obvious disappointment.  So while A Rival City might be worth little more than a brief listen, I’m still hopeful that Burman can bounce back for his next solo endeavor.

Video: Divided Heaven – KeyStone

divided heavenDivided Heaven, the brainchild of Jeff Berman, has released a new music video for the song KeyStone, which can be seen below.

The video was directed by Paris Visone (who contributes photos for ThePunkSite.com from time to time) and filmed in Salem, Massachusetts. It can be seen below.

KeyStone comes from the album A Rival City which was released by Paper + Plastick Records and No Panic Records.

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Tours: Divided Heaven

divided heavenJeff Burman solo project Divided Heaven has announced plans to embark on a world tour that will include US, UK and European tour dates. Divided Heaven continues to support their most recent release, A Rival City, released last year via Paper +n Plastick Records

Tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: Divided Heaven

divided heavenDivided Heaven has announced that the Jeff Berman solo project will be heading out lengthy April tour.  Berman continues to support his recent full length, A Rival City, which was released last year via Paper + Plastick Records and can be downloaded for free via FreeMusicFirst.org.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Video: Divided Heaven – Born Again Non-Believer

divided heavenDivided Heaven premiered the video for Born-Again Non-Believer exclusively on AltPress.com. The video can be seen here

Fans can still listen to and download the entire Divided Heaven record, A Rival City, on FreeMusicFirst.org. The record is available now though Paper + Plastick Records.

The video was directed by our very own photographer, Paris Visone.