Divided Heaven is the brainchild of Jeff Berman—a singer/songwriter who started out in various punk and hardcore bands along the East Coast in the mid ‘90s. These include ’77-rockers The Statiks, Philadelphia street-punk/Oi band The Boils, DC hardcore juggernaut V.P.R., NJ thrashers Rites and Florida hardcore troupe Protagonist. In other words, Berman has more than established his rock credentials.
After moving to Los Angeles in 2009, Berman formed Divided Heaven, releasing their debut album, A Rival City, in 2011 and its follow-up, Youngblood, in 2014. Following this, Divided Heaven toured America, Europe and Asia, took part in the Vans Warped Tour, and supported everyone from Less Than Jake and Anti-Flag to Sundowner and Jonah Montranga.
Now, the band is back with their third LP, Cold War, slated for release on July 20. Produced by Charlie Stavish (Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, La Sera) at his studio, The Clock Tower Recorder, in Joshua Tree, California, Cold War displays the band’s softer, more contemplative side. “Cold War is (and was) meant to be different, all around,” says Berman. “It was recorded differently, written differently, and presented differently. It’s less singer-songwriter and more full-band; less a collection of songs and more of a cohesive group of songs. I simply can not waiting for people to hear it and feel it.”
Today Glide is offering an exclusive early listen of Cold War. With Berman’s songwriting front and center, the album succeeds in capturing a sound that is at times power pop, melodic punk, and straight up rock and roll. It’s easy to hear that these songs come from the heart, and the band does a fine job of balancing more quiet and vulnerable moments with soaring, triumphant rock. The album marks a major progression from an artist who continues to explore new sounds and musical styles after so many years.
Divided Heaven release Cold War on July 20. Check out their tour dates below and visit dividedheaven.com for more info.
7/16 CAMBRIDGE | Plough & Stars
7/17 ROCHESTER | Bug Jar
7/18 CLEVELAND | Now That’s Class
7/19 MILWAUKEE | Sabbatic
7/20 CHICAGO | Burlington
7/21 ST. LOUIS | Crack Fox
7/22 LINCOLN | Duffy’s
7/23 KEARNEY | GIllie’s
7/24 LARAMIE | Ruffed Up Duck
7/25 DENVER | 3 Kings
7/26 FORT COLLINS | Surfside 7
7/27 ROCK SPRINGS | The Park Lounge
7/28 LAS VEGAS | Bunkhouse
Photo credit: Shani Leead