March 13, 2014 by Sally Lyons
"Divided Heaven could have been on a beach in Venice, California but went on tour with Teen Agers to remind us that songs about whiskey are overdone and songs about gin aren’t."
Tapiwa Mugabe, You Are Oceanic (via theriverjordyn)
Awesome little write-up of my boyfriend #dividedheaven so proud!! <3
Show Review – Divided Heaven w/ Teen Agers and the Martha’s Vineyard Ferries
Braving shitty roads and the famously un-park-able streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, my friend Nate and I set out the other night to dig a few bands at a bar called the Plough & Stars.
First thing’s first: This place is fucking small. I mean like Hey!-move-that-table-and-pack-the-band-into-the-corner-and-let-them-figure-it-out-small. I found myself in a rectangular room of hipster dudes and grizzled punk vets mingling with the dinner crowd, waiting until almost 11 p.m. for the show to start. Despite the stressful drive and claustrophobic bar, (and thanks largely to 3 gin and tonics), I was ready to take in some rock n’ roll.
First up was Florida’s own Teen Agers, which feature dudes from a lot of different bands, but I’m only going to mention Protagonist here because they’re solid dudes and I like them a lot. Go listen to Protagonist. Anyway, these guys killed it. Despite a sick singer and the obviously less than spacious area they were given to rock in, Teen Agers pounded out catchy tune after catchy tune of Fest-ready punk goodness that seemed to leave everyone in the room more than pleased with the proceedings. The band played a bunch of tunes off of their fantastic debut I Hate It (out now on Anchorless Records), and I really, really enjoyed their set. Nice people, nice songs.
Next up was the Martha’s Vineyard Ferries, which feature some dudes that were in Codeine and Mission of Burma and some other cool bands. I didn’t really get it. There were some cool moments (I liked that song that had “fuck” in the chorus twice) but they didn’t give off the vibe that this band was a serious life choice. It just seemed like a bunch of older dudes who wanted to get together and play bars once in a while. Which is rad, but I could have done without that one guy shouting “FERRIES!” in between every song.
Divided Heaven was the real treat of the evening. I have had the pleasure of seeing DH majordomo Jeff Berman perform these songs all by his lonesome on several occasions, and his last full length A Rival City is one of my favorite records of the last few years. I was not, however, prepared for how well these songs would translate to a full band setting.
With a little help from a couple of Teen Agers and Protagonist guitarist Brian Forst, Berman cranked through some Rival City cuts, as well as a few jams off of his upcoming album Youngblood. As I said, I’m very familiar with Jeff’s work and these songs, but I felt like I had never heard them before until I heard them all fleshed out. The set highlights for me included a version of “Born Again Non Believer” that was meaner and leaner than the original, and a truly gorgeous rendition of “Melissa Militia,” off of the aforementioned Youngblood. It’s one thing to watch a guy who has spent a lot of time playing solo take over a living room or the lawn outside a Knights of Columbus; It’s quite another to see him become a true Rock N’ Roll Frontman right before your eyes.
If you have not seen Jeff before, make sure you catch him when he comes through your town. If you have seen Jeff before, go fucking see him again with a full band and let the ensuing emotions run amok in your heart. Go pick up that Teen Agers record and keep your eyes open for Youngblood. This is Jeff Berman’s year. Make sure you don’t miss out.
P.S. – My apologies to the fantastic Jeff Rowe, who headlined this show. Due to time constraints, an impending 2 hour drive and a questionable parking decision, I had to forego his set. But Jeff is great and I’m sure he killed it.
Because sometimes other people can explain it better than you will ever be able to, with words that aren’t even meant for him, but which seem to be taken from some part of my brain-or some chapter of our life-like in telling her story and their story, she explained everything about ours and how i feel about you.
I want you
Like a swimmer wants water
Encircled by the depths
Feeling at home
But I feel
Is not water
It is not air