Division 2017-05-04T14:22:17Z http://www.division-usa.com/feed/atom/ WordPress mblevins <![CDATA[So, In Case You Were Wondering…]]> http://www.division-usa.com/?p=1141 2017-05-04T14:22:17Z 2017-05-04T14:21:21Z …we are, in fact, still alive. A major revamp of this page is coming where we will a.) get rid of the Flash stuff and b.) update the art to reflect the upcoming album.

The album? Oh, yeah, look for an update on that, too.

mblevins <![CDATA[Division with Michael Angelo Batio at Jammin’ Java on May 27th, 2016..]]> http://www.division-usa.com/2016/03/01/division-with-michael-angelo-batio-at-jammin-java-on-may-27th-2016/ 2016-03-01T18:06:57Z 2016-03-01T17:55:55Z So, we’re finally emerging from the studio for a show – and what a good one it is, too. Serious Shred Productions put together this awesome lineup:
MAB Flier

So some of the best of local metal and some serious shredding to top off your night! Tickets are available from TicketFly here. We will be playing some songs from our upcoming CD, The Hate Machine, and might even have some special stuff going on, too. Kick off your (unofficial) summer right!

mblevins <![CDATA[I hate canceling shows…]]> http://www.division-usa.com/?p=1132 2016-01-04T17:20:37Z 2016-01-04T17:20:37Z …but it happens. We won’t be appearing on January 15th at the Tree House Lounge in DC due to a health issue with one of the band members. We still want you all to go see Omnislash, Mikhail, Throwdown Syndicate and Hellpie, though – that’s what we’ll be doing.

mblevins <![CDATA[Just once, I’d like to save the &*(^^%*& day without a shot clock…]]> http://www.division-usa.com/?p=1131 2014-12-16T18:31:18Z 2014-12-16T18:31:18Z (With apologies to Jim Butcher)

So, we have this record we’re working on that’s been keeping us a bit busy. Not as busy as I’d like, though. I’m a veteran at this recording thing – the first demo I did that wasn’t “set up a boom box with two mics and record live” was in an 8 track project studio in Manassas as part of one of the band members’ recording course – so I’ve done everything but a “true” high-end studio like Ocean Way or the like. All of them have pluses and minuses. This time, once again, Division is recording the record ourselves.

One of the benefits of recording it yourself is time. Time to fix things that are bothering you, and that you know will bug the crap out of you for years. Time to get it right, to get the right performances, to tweak it just a bit more.

This is also a trap.

There’s no timer with a dollar sign attached to it – and believe me, that can be some serious motivation at $40 an hour. If you’re the person running the project, it’s easy to put things off or get burnt out and step away for a while – and the record drags on forever. Discipline and scheduling are required. Life, unfortunately, sometimes gets in the way. You do things like say “hey, let’s take a break to help our friends with their CD release”, and next think you know you’re a month behind, playing catch up.

There *will* be a Division record next year. Count on it. It just may be a little later than I wanted it. What we have (mostly bass and drums) sounds great.

Sometimes, though, life is easier with a shot clock.

mblevins <![CDATA[…Back on the road again…]]> http://www.division-usa.com/?p=1124 2014-08-15T14:08:08Z 2014-08-15T14:07:58Z (Hey, REO is from IL, right?)

So we embark on our first road trip with the current lineup on Saturday morning, heading for Midwest Metal Anthem at Brauerhouse in Lombard, IL. Five guys in one Toyota Sequoia driving 11 hours and leaving at 5AM – what could possibly go wrong?

We haven’t been to Chicagoland in quite some time, given all the lineup changes of the past few years. My wife is even giving me a pass on our anniversary so I could make this happen! I’m hoping to see our usual cast of crazies (Lotesto and Such, I’m looking at YOU) out and having a good time, and, as always, a big thanks to Ray and John for hosting this thing.

It’s $10, for each night of quality metal – what reason do you have for NOT showing up? We’ll be playing a lot of new stuff, so if you’d like to check it out before you head down, you can hear some samples from the pre-production demos in the player below. C’mon out and bang some heads – we’re there on Saturday (right after Scar, Inc), so if you can make it for only one day, well, you know which one!

mblevins <![CDATA[So, we’ve been doing this a long time…]]> http://www.division-usa.com/?p=1120 2014-08-01T15:50:11Z 2014-08-01T15:49:30Z …as has “new” drummer Marc, and as I prepare for tonight’s show at The Pinch in DC, I can reflect a bit.

My coworkers often ask about my shows. I guess the question I get asked the most is “do you still get nervous before a show?”


Every time.

It builds over the course of the day leading up to show, no matter how busy I am, and no matter what distractions I have. “Do I have everything?” Yes. “Even batteries for the wireless?” Yes. “Even batteries for Scott’s wireless, since he’ll forget them?” Yes.

Tonight adds multiple layers of concern, since a.) we’ve never played at The Pinch before, b.) this is the first show with Marc in over ten years, and c.) you always wonder: Are we really ready?

My nervousness always ends when the lights go down. Come out to The Pinch (all ages, 7PM, $8) and see how we address my concerns, and enjoy some butt-kicking metal from Burning Shadows, Death Penalty, and Suffer No Guilt while you’re at it.

mblevins <![CDATA[The War Drags Ever On…]]> http://www.division-usa.com/?p=1115 2014-05-13T22:26:46Z 2014-05-13T22:26:46Z

(Yes, I just used a blog post title to link a video by a semi-obscure NWOBHM band. Get over it.)

So the upcoming Division album rolls onward. Some new song titles: World Decay, Angerman, and Forever Falling. We will be playing some of these songs when we reappear this summer, in time to play at the Midwest Metal Anthem in August.

I’ve heard comments on the pre-pro demos ranging from “That could have been on Ascension” to “that sounds nothing like the last album”. We’ll see what you all think soon enough.

In the meantime, go support our friends Iris Divine through their Kickstarter for “Karma Sown”.

No, we don’t have a title yet. I’m sure we’ll let you know when we do.

mblevins <![CDATA[“…but change is.”]]> http://www.division-usa.com/?p=1105 2014-03-19T15:19:01Z 2014-03-19T15:13:37Z So, it should be no surprise to anyone that it’s time to announce another Division lineup change – it is Spring, after all, despite the wintry conditions. Some of you probably missed Mark Taylor’s tenure in the band, as we only did one show with him. Things just didn’t work out, despite the best wishes of all involved.

It comes as somewhat of a surprise to me that, once again, the circle of metal has encompassed us. After the return of Dan and Scott, I figured I was out of former members that would want to be involved. I was partially right…

Allow me to introduce Division’s new drummer, Marc Stauffer. Many (most) of you know Marc from his longtime tenure in Twisted Tower Dire, as well as his recent involvement in local bands like Hatred and Krass Judgement. Many of you don’t know (or might not remember) that Marc’s played with us before, for several rather blurry shows in 1999, including the Powermad 1999 festival.

Marc brings a similar musical background (translation: he’s old like the rest of us), bizarre sense of humor, and a whole lot of experience in the dank, dark underbelly of metal that isn’t mainstream to the band. We’re even willing to overlook his enjoyment of NASCAR.

Division is happy to have him on board for the forthcoming album and some summer festival shows to be announced soon. Now all we have to do is schedule shows with TTD so we can get him a real workout…

mblevins <![CDATA[What’s that thumping sound?]]> http://www.division-usa.com/?p=1096 2013-07-22T14:59:19Z 2013-07-22T14:59:19Z Must be someone playing the drums!

I figure I’ve put this off long enough – Division would like introduce Mark Taylor as our new drummer. Some of you will know Mark from his recent tenure in Almost Human. We’d like to thank Dan Roem from Cab Ride Home for providing the hookup (long before James left, actually).

Thus far, Mark is fitting in well, which has to say something pretty awful about his mental state. We’re bringing him up to speed on the material in the standard Division manner – which is to say we’re insulting him when something is wrong – and Dave’s happy to have a FNG to pick on that’s actually 1.) new, and 2.) playing his usual instrument. (Hi, Tim!)

Look for us to return in the fall, with some new material in addition to a selection of the old stuff.


Noodles <![CDATA[Looking to the Future, We Leave the Past Behind]]> http://www.division-usa.com/?p=1066 2013-06-25T14:37:57Z 2013-06-18T08:30:54Z (With tongue firmly planted in cheek)


Last Saturday, James played his last show behind the kit with Division.  His family and he are moving to Ohio to begin the next part of their lives, and we wish them all well.  Well, we wish his family well; to hell with James, I hope he gets hit by a car and dies.  If you’re reading this, James, frankly I’m surprised, since I thought you were too stupid to read.  I wish Melinda and Hazel well with their new, improved husband/father, and I hope he plays a real instrument, like guitar.

It is a strange feeling to look back on nearly a decade in the same band, watching everyone else change around you.  It seems only yesterday that I stood in the damp, cramped front room at Barco Rebar, auditioning through the shittiest Marshall JCM900 in existence, ultimately replacing founding guitarist Matt Crooks.  That was a band at a crossroads; a principal writer was leaving, the local music scene was shifting in a new direction, and tunes were being penned for the first album to fully feature 7-string guitars.  I won’t go into details, but there was a lot of tension and doubt in the band at the time, and it felt like a slow climb out of a hazy pit.  Gigging helped, and as James, Mike, Nick, Ron, and myself slowly gelled as a live act, we became tighter, both musically and as friends.  We had a lot of fun times opening for some of our heroes at Jaxx, and several very entertaining road trips, parts of which we barely remember.  Playing with those guys made me a better guitarist, more knowledgeable of gear, and a better live performer.  Ultimately, those days wouldn’t last, as Ron’s wife Meghan moved out of the area to pursue a new career.  We sure do miss Meghan, and wish her all the best of luck in her future endeavors, and are delighted she took Ron with her.  I hope he chokes on a burrito, stupid pasty-faced, prepubescent-looking hack, since bass is for people without enough talent to play guitar.  He was obviously compensating for something, and we all feel real bad for Meghan on that count.

We picked up Tim, and soldiered on.  Tim mainly played guitar before joining Division, realized he didn’t have enough talent for it, and made the switch to the big strings (I guess they’re easier for a tall goofy guy to grab onto).  Tim joined during another transitional period, as we started playing more small clubs and bars.  We got to watch Jaxx destroyed by the soul-sucking leaches at Outerloop, and discovered a truly awesome scene out in Loudoun County  Tim banged away with us for a year, got married, joined fifty-seven other bands, took on a demanding new job, and quit like the quitty quitter he is.  Your hair is falling out, loser, and we take pity on your wife for being stuck with a widow’s peak and your job working on boats.  With sailors.  I think we all know where I’m going with this.

Nick, who didn’t want to be showed up, also quit.  I’m in two bands with Nick, so I’m waiting for him to quit that one, too, so I never have spend another waking moment with that egotistical, no-talent assclown.  Maybe a stray meteorite will take care of that for me.  Enter Scott and Dan, on lead prima dona and big dumb guy guitar, respectively.  Having run out of talented people in the area to turn to, we were stuck with the retreads.  This was obviously too much for James to bear, since he’s moving hundreds of miles away to Cleveland.  You know people suck when you move to Cleveland to get away from them.  It must be the bald quotient in the band or something.

After eight years, Mike is the only person left from the four guys staring at me in that grungy rehearsal room in Falls Church.  Mike is like dirt, though: old, crusty, and around for the long haul.  I’m still looking for the broom that works on Mike, but I guess he is punishments for the sins of a former life.  All joking aside, I’ve shared some times, both good and bad, with everyone whom I’ve been lucky enough to play metal with in this band.  Every single one of them brought something different to the band, as reflected in the gigs we played and the music we wrote.  Now, we stand once again at a crossroads, replacing another member on the eve of writing and recording the next album.  Who knows what direction the next FNG will take us, but I’m equal parts excited and trepiditious, just as I was when I was the FNG.