1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Divided Heaven

Divided Heaven

Goddamnit, Night Trip

Wed, December 17, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Divided Heaven
Divided Heaven
Simply put, Divided Heaven is Jeff Berman, an East Coast punk rock kid transplanted in Los Angeles with a voice and a guitar. On record and stage, Divided Heaven is a punk band without all the amplification, singing stories rooted in history and politics, travel and experience, love and hope.

The pedigree for an acoustic performer may not often come from years on the road with punk and hardcore bands, but it is this background that sets Divided Heaven apart in the singer-songwriter realm. Berman has spent the last 16 years playing all around the world in bands including The Boils, Protagonist, HeartRacers, The Rites, and The Statiks.

He began Divided Heaven as a musical travel journal while studying in Europe. As time went on, Berman became serious about crafting his voice and songwriting style and began playing solo shows in 2007. Berman's songs continue to draw upon musical influences spanning from the The Clash to Elliott Smith and lyrical influence from the cities he's called home: Lancaster, PA, Washington DC, Berlin, Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

2011 brought the release of Divided Heaven's debut album, A Rival City. The 10 songs on the album play like a road trip with an old friend: as honest views of familiar people and places go passing by. A Rival City yielded standout tracks that garnered regular play on domestic and worldwide college and internet radio as well as music videos for East/West, Five and Dime To Hollywood, KeyStone, and Born-Again Non-Believer which premiered on Alternative Press' website.

In 2012 Berman hit the road relentlessly in support of A Rival City. Dates included two US tours, a European tour, select shows in Canada, the UK, and on the Vans' Warped Tour, plus memorable appearances at The FEST in Florida, the Feed the Scene Festival in Maryland, the Get Better Festival in New Hampshire, the Pfarrfesival in Germany, the This Is My Festival in France, and a headlining show at the esteemed Ramones Museum in Berlin. This year alone, Divided Heaven played in over a dozen countries, two dozen states and shared the stage with such international artists as Anti-Flag, The Flatliners, OK Pilot, Kris Roe (The Ataris), Joey Briggs, Koji, Into It. Over It., Red City Radio, Luther, Blacklist Royals, The Snips, Mark McCabe, Fights & Fires, and Sam Russo.

The new year looks to be landmark year for Divided Heaven. Upcoming releases include two new singles produced by Jamie Woolford (The Stereo) and the legendary Stephen Egerton (Descendents). In addition, Berman will record the follow up album to A Rival City, and hit the road for more US, European and festival tour dates.

Across the world Divided Heaven is playing shows and building a diverse fan base. Whether it is opening a hardcore matinee, singing without a PA in a sweaty basement, creating intimacy at the Warped Tour or headlining a café, Berman has the dynamic to hit the audience in a place that is familiar with songs that make you think and sing along.
In the dreary Philadelphia winter of 2011, ex-bandmates and roommates, Jeff Kelly (ex One Year Lost) and Arik Victor (ex-Super Hi Five and Reject) got together and decided it was time to start a new band based on a mutual love for all the great guitar oriented music of the mid to late 90's and beer. They recruited bassist Kyle McKnight (ex bandmate of Jeff from Williams Eve and bass player of pop punk legends Buglite) after which the search for a befitting drummer commenced. Since all three members had played in multiple bands in the past, the list of potential drummers was lengthy. It was long time friend of Jeff and Arik, Jared Castaldi (ex-The Vote) who was the missing piece of the puzzle and the only drummer thought to have the chops and correct ideology to accomplish what the band was after. After just one practice, Jared was thrown into the mix and the four members started writing new, remixing old, and arranging songs that they would spend the next 12 months touring around. Four of those songs can be heard on the bands first release “Glory Hole Hotdog”, a 7” released on singer Arik Victor's label Creep Records.

Goddamnit spent the year playing shows with bands like Guttermouth, Terrible Things, Down By Law, and Black Landlord in venues like Union Transfer, The Note, and The Shit Fucked House from bars, to all-age venues and house shows. After a productive year of playing shows, writing songs, and promoting the band added 3rd guitarist Tyler Pursel who was in between tours working as a keyboardist/guitarist with the band Gym Class Heroes and expressed an interest in playing with the band who were more than excited to have him join. Along with being a true professional musician and many years experience touring, Tyler came packing a portfolio of songs that aided in a slight reshaping of the bands initial sound.

Sonically the Goddamnit sound harkens back to a time which the members collectively agree were the golden years of punk and post hardcore.

A time when the word emo meant something far different then what it means today,
when the word alternative actually referred to a vast array of truly different sounding bands,
when indie rock was still a genre largely populated by bands playing guitars in a unique way instead of laptops and washboards.

Goddamnit mesh the emotive sounds of bands like Jawbreaker and The Promise Ring with the ferocious intensity of bands like Quicksand and My Bloody Valentine all while maintaining a small touch of experimentalism and just the slightest amount of classic pop punk sensibility that could only come from years spent listening to The Descendents, basically enough pop to keep the songs catchy and memorable but not enough to not scare the shit out of your mom.

In February the band recorded their 14 song debut record "Notches" Produced by Tyler And Arik in a dirty garage in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia along with an independent documentary filmed by band friend Paul Gorel based on the vigor’s of recording your own record on a limited budget. The band plan to spend their summer touring in support of the upcoming record.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147