love division

love division

 Madrid, Madrid, ESP
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Keith Moon driving a freight train while Johnny Cash crosses the tracks. A punch in your face, a thorn in your heart. Glamour, excess, nihilism. Rock & Roll and the unkept promises of Communism. Close your eyes. Join the Love Division.

Biography

After the warm reception of their first two studio albums, both of which gathered unanimous critical acclaim, Love Division strike again with “Anthems for the Lost Generation”, their third studio effort and the confirmation of all the expectations that could be predicted in its predecessors.

The Band:
Love Division is a rock and roll explosion in which arena
choruses, anthemic melodies and vibrant guitars meet
nihilism and the underground spirit in a collision that
oozes stellar songwriting crafted with style, class and elegance.

Since its birth in New York back in 2005, the band has not stopped moving and growing: they release their first record live at the legendary CBGB, tour Europe and the US playing over 150 shows (including the Roxy in Los Angeles), lay down some tracks at the historic Sun Studio in Memphis, receive a
dozen awards in Spain alone... And now, after almost a year in the studio, they finally deliver the fruits of their latest recording crop with this brand new “Anthems for the Lost Generation”.

The Album:
Recorded and mixed at Reno studios in Madrid, produced by Fernando Pardo (Los Coronas, Sex Museum) and mastered at Salademáquinas, “Anthems for the Lost Generation” is an exercise of resistance and reaffirmation of principles in the shape of songs. From the hammering invitation to surrender of “Chain Of Command” to the held back disappointment of “End in the End” or the ray of light of “We Ain’t Going Down”, “Anthems for the Lost Generation” displays extraordinary songwriting skills that are matched with impeccable execution and extraordinarily tight sound.

The album rocks with raw power, which is matched with an intoxicating lyrical effort. From the rock perfectionism of “Big Night” (The Wire anybody?) to the gripping cry of “Résistance!” or “Twilight”, through the forced exile of “Long Way Home” or the subterranean epic of “The Art of Lost Love” or “Nowhere Fast”, the album collects the best of the American and British rock and roll tradition of the last 40 years (The Who, The Clash, Pearl Jam, Manic Street Preachers, The Stones, Bowie, The Stooges, NIN) and puts it to the service of a message of commitment in which the spirit of minority, the underground world and freedom of thought are vindicated. It is an active, critical and passionate reflection on the fight for one’s values, the bitter taste of defeat and the fragility of the individual in front of a hostile and monopolizing universe. All of it channeled through an energetic rhythm section, a strong, heartfelt voice and, above all, by indisputable melodies. It is a trip to the universe of idealism in which the likes of Jean Moulin, Peter Fechter, Anna Politkovskaya or Leon Trotsky meet and in which the temptation to surrender (“it’s not too late to sell your soul”) is faced by hope (“who stops this craving for the new?”) and a sense of convinced optimism (“you got our bodies, not our souls”).

Both innocent and ambitious, gentle and demanding, subtle and extreme, “Anthems For The Lost Generation” evokes and beats hard, with the intention of transcending, of moving people, and of opening musical horizons in today’s independent music scene. And with a key goal: to convert the “lost generation” to their cause with these twelve anthems. Enjoy.

Lyrics

Troubled Ways

Written By: Ricardo de Abiega

I see you looking at the sky
I see you down for the left side
I hear you cracking up the miles
I hear you closing down the files

I'm coming, coming, I´m coming of age
I see your troubles from the outer space

I hear the doctors with your case
I see you passing by these days
I see you staring at my face
I feel you staring at my face

I´m coming of age
I see your troubles from the outer space
getting safer from your troubled ways

Angelene

Written By: Ricardo de Abiega

Angelene

He promised the world
He walked the line
And now you’re gone, he won’t know why

He came to love you
He gave you his heart
And now you’re tearing it apart

Oh Angelene
You did the same to me

Oh Angelene

He kissed his wife goodbye
Left his kids
All for the lips he’ll never kiss

He turned to Mecca
He cried to God
All to have your love and lay by your side

Oh Angelene
You did the same to me

Oh Angelene

World War III

Written By: Ricardo de Abiega

I’m coming home looking for destruction
I can’t stand all the lies that you made me say
Look at yourself from a little closer
Look at the mirror before it’s over

You are the army, you’re not the victim
You first kill then look for someone to blame
Keep speaking through the words of prophets
Come with us to the master’s office

Run away from introspection
The last words have not been settled yet
There’s no escape from this intersection
You call it teen rage I call it hate

Deeper than the deceit you worship
Pick up the remains of your master plan
The time has come to address the masses
You call it teen rage I call it hate

Run away from introspection
You call it teen rage I call it hate

Deeper than the deceit you worship
Pick up the remains of your master plan

Another piece of and endless puzzle
You call it teen rage I call it hate

Black Rain

Written By: Ricardo de Abiega

There’s nothing left inside your garden
There’s nothing left behind those eyes
You’ll burn the light but you won’t find it
I’m trying too hard, I’m giving up

Who’s gonna bring back the long gone days?
Who’s gonna dare recognize your face?
Who’s gonna love all the friends that are dead?

Who’s gonna crawl to the side of your bed
When all that you were has faded away?
You’re screaming too loud but you won’t be heard

Here comes the black rain

It’s cold outside, it’s sunday morning
It’s 30 years behind those doors
It’s getting dark inside this tunnel
I’d hold you tight but I’m all alone

Who’s gonna bring back the long gone days?
Who’s gonna dare recognize your face?
Who’s gonna love all the friends that are dead?

Who’s gonna crawl to the side of your bed
When all that you were has faded away?
You’re screaming too loud but you won’t be heard

Who’s gonna bring back the long gone days?
Who gonna dare recognize your face?
Who’s gonna love all the friends that are dead?

And who’s gonna hold you in their arms to they?
And who will you think of when you touch yourself?
You’re screaming too loud but you won’t be heard

Here comes the black rain

For Nothing

Written By: Ricardo de Abiega

For nothing

you can try to understand
that water falls between your hands
the limits for the truths you reach
numbered words that you can preach

you can come to realize
the sad escape of compromise
the lost ambition in your eyes
the chances you’ll be giving up

to keep believing
to bow to never give in
to come an inch to seal it
to give your life to feel it

all the way ahead to cross
expectations made it worse
gagging, forging nerves of steel
they should help you when you kneel

all your dreams of victory
swallowed up in misery
“you won’t know unless you try”
but trying made it suicide

to keep believing
to bow to never give in
to thicken like their pigskin
reach out and never touch again

for nothing

it’s the singer, not the song
they’ll make sure to prove you wrong
sparking flames in paradise
the wrong advice to get it right

trying to find but out of sight
there was more than meets the eye
velvet flags when you die
when you die

it should be down to us, my friend,
we grow their numbers in the end
they’ll put the flowers on your grave

to keep believing
to bow to never give in
to swallow down their pigskin
reach out and never touch again

for nothing

nothing

nothing

The Velvet Revolution

Written By: Ricardo de Abiega


I’m counting on the future
based on what I’ve never had
a perfect set of illusions
my ever present past

the velvet revolution
lines in the palms of my hands
if you keep trying to be someone else
who’s going to be yourself

so now you look yourself in the mirror
you look behind and no one
is there
you have been counting on a miracle
some things you should never
forget

the morning is getting clearer
best to keep in mind what’s
ahead
with all those ashes you’ve gathered there
call in the hurricanes

the signs are getting nearer
nail down your fists like a man
to find the core of this inner sense
and never run away

so when you’re looking deep in the mirror
and when you guess the shape of yourself
you know you’re counting on a miracle
some things you should never forget

and when you look yourself in the mirror
and come to terms with all that you were
you’ll look ahead and face reality
some things you should never forget
some things to forever regret

some things…

I look outside to the deeper end
I count the lies of the government
I come back in to start over again

and now you look yourself in the mirror
and now you find it’s you that lives
there
you won’t be counting on no miracles
some things you will never
forget

and now you look yourself in the mirror
and realize your life starts again
to look ahead and face reality
some things you will never
forget
some things to forever regret

some things

Discography

'Anthems for the Lost Generation', 2013. Recorded at Reno Studio and Geek Studio in Madrid.

'Locomotora', 2012. Recorded at Reno Studio in Madrid and Salademáquinas in Lorca, Spain.

'The Velvet Revolution', 2009. Recorded at Geek Studio in Madrid and Sun Studio in Memphis.

'Live in NYC', 2007. Recorded live at CBGB & Arlene's Grocery.

Airplay in
- WFMU's Cherry Blossom Clinic
- Several College Stations / New York, New Jersey, Tennessee
- Radio 3
- Punto Radio
- Radio Euskadi
- Radio Rivas
- Bi Fm
- Isla de Encanta
- Radio Burgos
- Corriente Alterna
- Radio Vallekas
- Radio Bilbao
- Radio Enlace
- Inconexa
- Radio Utopía
etc.

Love Division is on Spotify and Last.fm

Set List


Long Way Home
Big Night
Troubled Ways
Rock And Roll Rollercoaster
For Nothing
Twilight
Murder Inc. (cover)
The Unkept Promises of Communism
Résistance!
Life Will Never Be The Same
The Velvet Revolution
We Ain't Going Down
Honey, I Don't Mind
Animal Song