Division Day

Division Day

BandAlternativePop

Just like the whippoorwill, Division Day sounds exactly like itself. Twisting dense harmonies around swaths of angular guitar, and anchored by a tumbling, athletic rhythm section, Division Day is an alternately shimmering and careening convocation of spaced-out casiotones and bittersweet harmonies.

Biography

In the summer of 2001, Division Day rented a house for the summer in the Santa Cruz woods without ever having played a note together as a foursome. They turned the master bedroom into a makeshift recording studio that would see the birth of their first EP.

Since then, they've toured up and down the West Coast, recorded at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studio, and played an abundance of shows with bands such as Tristeza, Cass McCombs, Xiu Xiu, The Velvet Teen, McClusky, and Dredg. Their latest offering, a six-song EP called "The Mean Way In," was recorded by Alex Oana (NERD, Spymob, Kid Dakota) with assistance from Scott Solter (Spoon, Mountain Goats).

Things we like a lot that help us make the music we make (in no particular order):

Ducks, spray paint, fiber, Lungfish, chim-cham, crackerjack, Doves, King Tubby, Twin Peaks, Clarence Carter, Kool Keith, dark beer, Chinese markets, dogs, cats, Unwound, BARR, Jim O’Rourke, sweet potatoes, paper bags, friends, family, Mountain Goats, Watership Down, Sonic Youth, John Fahey, coffee, record shopping, Paru's vegetarian Indian food, Jesus and Mary Chain, Blonde Redhead, creatures, bones, bony creatures, Talisker, more ducks, spoons, knives, forks, jet boats, skateboards, Colin Greenwood's tone, the Boss, Zardoz, “Their Satanic Majesties Request”, field recordings, Deerhoof, Pavement, caeser salad, Q and not U, Drive Like Jehu, otters, flax, love, and beartrap island.

Match the lyrical darkness of a more imagistic Leonard Cohen with the furious drumming of Brendan Canty (Fugazi), the tasteful basslines of John Stirrat (Wilco), and the supple, atmospheric guitar shards of Nick McCabe (Verve) and you might come close to approximating the band's sound. It's been said that Division Day has a "loose-limbed" approach to music-making akin to that of the legendary Yo-La-Tengo, and indeed, when the four band members get together, the room overflows with a childlike energy and enthusiasm for the collective experience of music making and the exploration of sonic frontiers.

Truly, the band's reputation for debaucherous promiscuity is eclipsed only by their sordid and widely documented history of frenzied psychotropic drug abuse. In fact, Division Day came very close to releasing an egg as their second EP (to be titled, Egg). Thank you.

Lyrics

Leveler

Written By: Rohner Segnitz

You backwards, snake-bitten sinner
You trumpet-believer-sounder
You lushed-up, shit-eyed painer
You black-motored sickle sucker

You careful, you artless leveler
You twice-removed, club-footed killer
Draggin' all your prisoners
Down the boulevard

Could have torn, could have shot you up
Could have killed you good and dead
And did you notice when
The blackout took us all
Did you stow us all aboard?
Did you stow us all aboard?

Go on with the clutter up
Go on with the over-over-oh!
Go on with the claws and with the cut

Should have torn, should have shot you up
Should have killed you good and dead
And did you notice when
The blackout took us all
Did you stow us all aboard?
Did you stow us all aboard?
Should have torn, should have shot you up
Should have killed you good and dead
And did you notice when
The blackout took us all?
It did.

Wings and Bones

Written By: Rohner Segnitz

I'm a ghost, I'll suck the water up
I'm a ship, I'll float regardless
Is it torn and bloodied up?
Is it devilish and cold?

Wings and bones

Old joseph's at your side
He smelled the fire
Cold nose on your cheek in the dark
He woke you from your sleep
And he throws mud behind him as he runs

Wings and bones
Wings and bones

Discography

"Self-Titled" EP (4 songs, 2001, OLD Records)
"The Mean Way In" EP (6 songs, 2004, self released/limited edition available on Undetected Plagiarism)

Tracks from "The Mean Way In" have charted in the top ten for consecutive weeks at the following stations: WBRS-Brandeis-100.1FM; KSCU-Santa Clara U-103.3 FM; KSJS-SJSU-90.5 FM; and KSDB-Kansas State-91.9FM.

Other Division Day songs have received airplay on the following stations:

Indie 103.1-LA/OC-103.1FM
KCRW-LA NPR-89.9FM
KALX-UC Berkeley-90.7FM
KAMP-U of AZ Tucson-1570AM
KZSU-Stanford-90.1FM
KSCR-USC-1560AM
KCR-SDSU-Internet
XM RADIO-XMU
KAMU-Texas A&M-90.9FM
KUCI-UC Irvine-88.9 FM
KAOS-Evergreen-89.3FM
KAZU-Monterery, CA-90.3FM
KCBL-Sacramento, CA-88.7FM
KCIA-Cal Arts-105.3FM
KCOU-U Missouri, Columbia-88.1FM
KCSC-CSU Chico-95.5FM
KCSU-Colorado State-90.5 FM
KDVS-UC Davis-90.3FM
KEXP-Seattle, WA-90.3FM
KFJC-Foothill College-89.7FM
KHSU-Humboldt State-90.5FM
KJHK-U Kansas Lawrence-90.7FM
KPFA-Berkeley, CA-94.1FM
KPSU-Portland State-1450AM
KSFS-SFSU-88.1FM
KSMC-St. Mary's College-89.5 FM
KSPC-Claremont Colleges-88.7FM
KSSU-Sac State-1580 AM
KSUH-CSU Hayward-880 AM
KSUN-Sonoma State-91.5FM
KTRU-U Texas Houston-91.7FM
KUSF-U of San Francisco-90.3 FM
KVCU-U Colorado Boulder-1190AM
KVMR-Nevada City, CA-89.5 FM
KVRX-U Texas Austin-91.7FM
KWUR-Washington U-90.3FM
KWVA-U of Oregon-88.1 FM
KXLU-LA underground-88.9FM
KZSC-UCSC-88.1FM
KZSU-Stanford-90.1 FM
UNLV Rebel Radio
WBFO-Buffalo, NY-88.7FM
WBGU-Bowling Green, OH-88.1FM
WCBN-U Mich. Ann Arbor-88.3FM
WCCR-Purdue-90.1 FM
WCFM-Williams College-91.9FM
WELH-Brown U-88.1FM
WERS-Emerson College-88.9FM
WFRD-Dartmouth-99.3FM
WGRE-DePauw U-91.5FM
WGTB-Georgetown-92.3FM
WHPK-U of Chicago-88.5FM
WHRB-Harvard-95.3FM
WHUS-U Conn.-91.7FM
WIDB-So. Illinois U
WIUS-Indiana State U-1570AM
WKPS-U Penn-90.7FM
WMBC-U of Maryland BC
WMBR-MIT-88.1FM
WMSR-Miami U of Ohio-89.1FM
WMUA-UMass-91.1FM
WMUR-Marquette University
WNUR-Northwestern-89.3FM
WNYU-NYU-89.1FM
WPRB-Princeton-103.3FM
WPTS-U Pitt-92.1FM
WRAS-Georgia State-88.5FM
WREK-Georgia Tech-91.1FM
WRSU-Rutgers-88.7FM
WRTC-Trinity College-89.3FM
WRVU-Nashville-91.1FM
WSBF-Clemson U-88.1FM
WTBU-Boston U-89.3FM, 640 AM
WTJU-U Virginia-91.1 FM
WUOG-U of Georgia, Athens-90.5FM
WUSC-U of South Carolina-90.5FM
WUVT-Virginia Tech-90.7FM
WVKR-Vassar-91.3FM
WVUD-U of Delaware-91.3FM
WWUH-U of Hartford-91.3FM
WXDU-Duke-88.7FM
WXYC-UNC Chapel Hill-89.3FM
WZND-Illinois State-106.1 FM

Set List

We generally play for a half hour of original material, but have enough material for a 45-minute set. We take great care to craft a compelling arc over the course of the set, varying the song order each time out in order to keep things fresh for ourselves and also fun for the audience. If we’re lucky enough to have them, a typical set will include one or two brand new songs that we’re playing for the first time.

Exhibit A:

Catch Your Death
Bad Black Moon
Color Guard
Hurricane
The Water Fails
There Is No Telling
Leveler
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