Pacific Avenue EP

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On March 6th, 2011, I received a birthday gift from my friends, Rachel & Thu. It was a journal, beautifully decorated with vintage Cold War-era Berlin street maps & German descriptions of the Berlin Wall pasted to the front and back covers. They knew I had lived in Berlin previously and that my time there studying was coupled with time writing songs. The decorations were meant to inspire me again much like I had been inspired in Berlin; to write with no pressure and no expectations.

At this point, I was living in Los Angeles, working full-time at a museum and part-time at a restaurant while also working to get Divided Heaven off the ground. I was lost in a new city trying to make new friends, trying to crack into a new scene, all while balancing the difficulties of a long-term relationship and a non-profit career. I had just finished recording the debut Divided Heaven album, A Rival City. I had other fledgling bands and was feeling dull and uninspired by the doldrums of a 9-to-5 life. Music was not my main focus for the first time in a long time and it weighed heavily on me everyday as I sat on the crowded city buses, in horrible LA traffic, to and from work. That time felt like a burden until I put that journal to good use.

It’s odd how blank paper can be so intimidating. Something that can provide its user with nearly unlimited possibilities and can capture your imagination in countless ways, can also feel unbelievably daunting. I started slow and began to write again. The songs were about my new experiences: topics such as office politics, marriage pressure, surfing, adapting to Los Angeles, living thousands of miles from where I grew up, looking into my thirties, seeing my friends climb the ladders of success while I just sat there on that number 7 bus crawling down Pico Boulevard wondering what the hell I was doing with my life…. I just kept writing songs and I haven’t stopped. That journal, in many ways, became my best friend, my sanctuary and my weapon.

Some of the songs written in that time period went to other bands, some faded into obscurity, some went into the vault never to be heard again and some landed on the Divided Heaven album, Youngblood. The songs on this record, Pacific Avenue, were written in that time period as well. We later recorded the songs, (mostly) live in the studio.

When I hear these songs I hear a different side of Divided Heaven: I hear the buses, I hear the doldrums, I hear the evening waves crashing on the beach, I hear my vibrant Venice neighborhood, I hear Ben and I working through ideas in his shoebox apartment, I hear myself wading through the complications of adulthood, I hear myself struggling to love and be loved, and I hear a part of myself that was longing for more and achin’ to be. I hear myself trying to be friends with Los Angeles and feeling nothing but indifference in return, and yet these songs could’ve only come to be in Los Angeles.

Sometimes you simply have to write for yourself and let the imperfections and brutal honesty thrive. In doing so, I found what I was looking for. Thank you for listening, I hope you enjoy and please know:
the best is yet to come. xoxo Jeff

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released July 7, 2017

Produced by Ben Rauscher.
Recorded at FunHub Studios. Fairfax Village, CA.
Mixed by Jason LaRocca at Tones of Brixton Studios. Van Nuys, CA.
Mastered by Henry Walter at Tantamount Studios. Hollywood, CA.
All Songs Written and Performed by Divided Heaven. Levi Jefferson Music (ASCAP).
Management: Peter Marullo for Hope & Rage Entertainment.
Booking: Jared Stinson for GAP Tour Booking.
Thanks: Jeff Antons, Scott Manley, Tim Schock, Jason LaRocca, Peter Marullo, Kate Warrick, Kelly Kreft, Rachel Garcia, Thu Tran, Jared Stinson, John Marullo, Harry Jerkface, Brian Marquis & Joey Briggs.
Divided Heaven is Jeff, Ben and Nic.
dividedheaven.com / @dividedheaven

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DIVIDED HEAVEN Los Angeles, California

Westerberg meets Adams meets Conley meets Armstrong. Divided Heaven (Jeff Berman) continues to cover ground across North America, Europe and Asia since releasing A Rival City (2011) and Youngblood (2014) and will continue to hit cities around the world through 2017. ... more

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Track Name: Scott #1
Own up to your past, it’s only just as much
A list of people hurt is just a worthless crutch
A sign of losing touch
I bleed with indecision, tear it up or let it be

Dependent, resentment
Right or wrong
Dependent, resentment
Weak or strong

Sinking with their ship, I can’t bear their weight
I’ve given all I can and life can’t hardly wait
On every nameless face
I bleed with indecision, should I stay or should I go

Dependent, resentment
Right or wrong
Dependent, resentment
Weak or strong
I drag my feet to the here and now

Honesty could be your wildest endeavor
Blink and miss your chance, it’s now or never

I drag my feet to the here and now
Track Name: We
Oh what I admire to be mirrored in someone else
The giving never expires, filthy rich in love I felt
The pull of all that’s certain meet the imminent decay
I forgot how to walk away

Afforded lack of passion instilled in those we trust
The give and take without response, mine’s not enough for both of us
This slipping feels familiar, my grip will surely give way
I forgot how to walk away

Constantly contradicting myself
Recounting all my debt perched on my peak of squandered wealth

We don’t belong together
Track Name: Caught Dead
We can dish out all the half-truths or stale ordinary life
I gave up heeding all their warnings, too bored as years like days pass by
Are we all we need to be when you share it with the world
But not with me

Defining moments as they fly by, we see through every lens
We drift out further if we’re missing raising glasses with our friends
Are we all we need to be, in love with the whole world but not with me

Because I’m a reject, a fallout, a shitty song played too loud,
A lost cause, a memory no longer worth remembering
In the ghost towns of lessons learned
Ideas stolen then returned

I wouldn’t be caught dead, I wouldn’t be caught dead
Spinning my own lonely web
I want feelings, raw connections, hope and rage
Not disconnecting titles all stuck in day and age
We’re all stuck in day and age

Because I’m a reject, a fallout, a shitty song played too loud,
A lost cause, a memory no longer worth remembering
In the ghost towns of lessons learned
Ideas stolen then returned

Let’s be worth remembering
Track Name: Every Drop
Your heart’s a collection of ambitions that you’d rather leave behind
Your touch is my addiction, it warms my blood and kills me everytime

The further we go the more reasons we have to keep this secret alive

No one has to know and don’t worry what others will think
Or how we ruined all these years
I’m nursing every drop of this last drink

Benders cloaked in disguise, when real life happens hold on in disbelief
Aimless as a joy ride, when the bitter cold turns into bittersweet

The lie grows longer every holiday, the mile marker’s far behind

No one has to know and don’t worry what others will think
Or how we ruined all these years
I’m nursing every drop of this last drink
Track Name: Bipartisanshit
Happiness in tact or just wishful thinking
Bend until it snaps and save the most embarrassing surprise for the eternal cynic
All you found just makes me itch

Boundaries built and crossed are so deceiving
The truth can be so wrong so mean it when you save the best surprise for the eternal cynic
All you found just makes me itch
Surprise for the eternal cynic
All you found just makes me itch

If it’s meant to fail I can never tell
So cynical

Sometimes you figure out what’s sure and sometimes you eat it
Then when the pressure chokes you up, you just repeat it
So rip free from the paper dolls that all came before you
Because we’re all we have to live for
So cynical
Track Name: Mourning City, Bleeding Town
I woke up in this mourning city, this bleeding town
To find myself alone with strangers on these killing grounds
Where hopeless put their faith in prayer and elites sing their praise
All the while desensitised to the murder in their name

Mourning city, bleeding town
Our eyes are all dead empty when the dead hearts hit the ground

I fell asleep in your dear city, awoke in District rain
It’s Oscar night on the Potomac and our freedom’s strained
When we all live with this tragedy but we’ve been robbed of our voice
We all have blood upon our hands and never had the choice

Mourning city, bleeding town
Our eyes are all dead empty when the dead hearts hit the ground

When every resonating voice of discontent is turned unto a whisper
All swollen ears of old and young so easily distracted not to listen
Listen to me

Mourning city, bleeding town
Our eyes are all dead empty when the dead hearts hit the ground
Mourning city, bleeding town