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|Divided Heaven “Beginning of the End” Video Premiere|
At the start of February, indie-rock troubadour Divided Heaven released their fourth and most ambitious full-length, titled Oblivion. The album included a slew of musical guests and tracks produced by Charlie Stavish (Jenny Lewis, Vacation Manor), Tim van Doorn (Joe McMahon, Tim Vantol), Mike Biancaniello (5 Seconds Of Summer), and UK folk powerhouse Frank Turner. Oblivion is an eclectic mix of pop, folk and indie rock all wrapped in a punk mindset with soaring production quality. One of the two Frank Turner produced tracks on Oblivion is titled “Beginning of the End” and Divided Heaven put together a music video for it that is currently streaming at BrooklynVegan. The video is a playful twist on killing off former incarnations of Jeff Berman/Divided Heaven in order to make room for Oblivion to shine. Oblivion is available now on all of your preferred streaming platforms and physical copies can be purchased from both A-F Records (US/CA) and Gunner Records (UK/EU).
STREAM: BEGINNING OF THE END
Jeff Berman has not made it easy on himself. For the past 12 years, the DIVIDED HEAVEN frontman has tried relentlessly to buck the typical singer-songwriter mold with his unique writing style and career path. The new DIVIDED HEAVEN album, Oblivion, out February 4th on A-F Records (US) and Gunner Records (EU), blazes that ambition forward with a bang, a dash of weird, a pinch of Satanism and a heavy dose of sex and politics resulting in an unapologetic and provocative DIVIDED HEAVEN album like none before.
“I had to write a record that matched the times: delicate to chaotic, heartfelt to dirty,” says Berman. “Before, I would’ve shied away from topics such as sexual assault and victim blaming, but this time, I called-out the disgusting misogyny (in the track ‘Reckoning’) and threw shade at the abusers in our music scene (in the track ‘Creep’). Before, I might’ve tried to portray some semblance of decency about my fellow citizenry; this time, I lament that goodness and kindness are losing the culture war (in the track ‘Panic’) and trolling is rewarded over intelligence (in the track ‘Burn Me’).” Oblivion is the most ambitious DIVIDED HEAVEN album yet, as Berman states, “I landed at the geographic musical midpoint of my heart: directly between (Carole King’s) ‘Tapestry’ and (Motley Crue’s) ‘Shout At The Devil.’ Odd as that may sound, that helped guide my attempt to combine sensibility with attitude and helped me shift from Americana to overdrive rock.”
Over two years, Berman enlisted four different producers to create a diverse vibe across the 10 tracks on Oblivion. Once again working with longtime producer Charlie Stavish (who most notably worked with Jenny Lewis, Vacation Manor and produced the lead single from Oblivion, the politically scorching ‘They Poisoned Our Fathers,’ which features the incomparable Lydia Loveless), Berman also worked with UK-Singer-Songwriter juggernaut Frank Turner, whose production brought a whole new power to a DIVIDED HEAVEN album. In addition, Berman recorded three tracks for the album in Antwerp, Belgium with producer Tim van Doorn (longtime producer for Joe McMahon and Tim Vantol) who brought out the most graceful songs of Berman’s career, including the second single ‘Baby in the Band’. Lastly, pop producer Mike Biancaniello (who has notably worked with 5 Seconds of Summer) highlighted a new vivid hue to Berman’s songwriting to round out the album.
Either solo or with the band in tow, DIVIDED HEAVEN are equally proper on festival stages at Punk Rock Bowling, SXSW and the FEST as they are in the seated listening-rooms of Hotel Cafe and the Ramones Museum and has shared stages with Dave Hause, Matze Rossi, Anti-Flag, Ryoko, Spanish Love Songs, Slingshot Dakota, Jared Hart, The Flatliners, Sundowner, Tiny Stills and many more.
FFO: The Menzingers, Dave Hause, Green Day, Frank Turner
Release Date: February 4th, 2022
Label: A-F Records (US/CA) & Gunner Records (UK/EU)
Formats: Digital | Vinyl
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Produced by Frank Turner, Charlie Stavish, Tim van Doorn & Michael Biancaniello