Divided Heaven & Jason DeVore (Authority Zero) w/ WinterHaven & Special Guests
15 N. Agassiz St.
Flagstaff, AZ, 86001
This event is 21 and over
Divided Heaven has crisscrossed the US, Asia and Europe since 2009, played on the Vans Warped Tour and has shared the stage with such international artists as Anti-Flag, Less Than Jake, The Flatliners, Joey Briggs, Sundowner, Into It. Over It, Red City Radio and Sam Russo. Also noteworthy, Divided Heaven holds the distinction of being the only band to play Pouzza Fest, Punk Rock Bowling and the FEST in 2013.
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
Jason DeVore was born in 1979 in Mesa, Arizona (MTAZ) shortly after he moved with his family to Wyoming. When DeVore was 11 years old, he returned to Arizona to stay with his father every summer. It was on these summer trips home that Jason formed a group of friends that would later become Authority Zero.
Authority Zero was formed in 1994 and DeVore took on the challenge of becoming the bands lead singer. DeVore brought his high energy and raw talent to every performance making his frontman position the perfect fit. The band played out locally for the next 6 years and in 2000, Authority Zero signed a record deal with Lava/ Atlantic Records.
For the next nine years, DeVore and his bandmates hit the ground running by touring heavily around the world. In 2005, Authority Zero had grown in popularity but DeVore still longed for musical growth. DeVore started to focus on playing guitar more technically while singing simultaneously. This allowed DeVore to discover his voice in a new way and approach music more melodically. This exploration led DeVore to write a series of solo/acoustic songs which were entirely different to those he had written with the full band. After writing these songs he approached his good friend Bryan Sandell with the tracks he developed.
Sandell and DeVore would then embark on a long journey that ultimately led to DeVore's first solo album, "Conviction Volume I: The Smoke House Sessions". Throughout the recording process, Jason began to pick up new instruments (everything from the saxophone to the Irish tin whistle for experimentation and diversity.) The two decided to start a DIY record label, Operation Records to release the first album. DeVore began playing out locally as a solo acoustic act, drawing crowds from all walks of life.
In 2007, DeVore had approached Sandell once again with new songs and was eager to record his second solo album. Throughout this time, Sandell's recording skills and equipment had advanced which opened new doors for both of them. Sandell and DeVore would work on the album between tours and busy schedules and in 2010, "Conviction Volume II The Crooked Path” was released.
Nine years later, with more miles under DeVore’s belt, “Conviction Volume III: The Road To Clarity” is set for release on March, 1 2019. Many of DeVore’s friends are showcased on this new album including, Authority Zero bassist, Mike Spero. Conviction Volume III: The Road To Clarity” explores the ups and downs of life on the road by examining life stories and tribulations. The album is about seeking purpose, happiness and above all…Clarity.
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