Divided Heaven is the self-described brain child of Jeff Berman — a singer/songwriter that started out in various hardcore and punk bands in the mid 1990’s. Some of the memorable ones from that time include The Statiks, the Boils, V.P.R., Protagonist and Rites.
Giving that side up; however, found Berman moving to Los Angeles in 2009 and forming his latest project, Divided Heaven. Two albums in (A Rival City in 2011, Youngblood in 2014), and countless world tours later – supporting acts like Anti-Flag, Less Than Jake, etc — the band is gearing up to release their third album, Cold War, on July 20th via WireTap Records.
The album showcases Divided Heaven’s softer side, with Berman explaining that it “encapsulates my feelings of desperation in troubling times of trying to stay sane and creative at the same time.”
Today, we are proud to be premiering a new single off of Cold War called “1983.” It serves as an indie-rock meets pop-rock track showcasing that softer, more vulnerable side of Divided Heaven. The track shows Berman pleading out “say you will / say you will remember me” as part of the chorus that will ring throughout your head.
Expanding on the nature of the song, Berman explains, “‘1983’ is a song I wrote about having Stockholm Syndrome with my own mental illness. A couple years ago I was working through many of my issues and I reached a point where I truly felt better. Along with that feeling of relief and tenacity, I oddly felt like I was missing a part of my self-identity. So much of myself had been wrapped up in that struggle that…when it was over, I felt I was missing part of myself.”
You can find “1983” at the top of the post, and get ready for Cold War to be released on July 20th via Wiretap Records. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the record here and also find all of the band’s upcoming tour dates here.