Thursday, June 22, 2006

Band of the Week: Division Day

I consider some of LA’s best bands to be as quality as many of the outstanding acts that have recently been coming out of Montreal, Minneapolis, Seattle, and NYC.

To me, groups like The Silversun Pickups, Irving, Sea Wolf, and Division Day belong in the same sentence as your Wolf Parade, Tapes n Tapes, Band of Horses, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Some have blown up real nice over the last year, others are due for that sort of attention any day.

In the case of Division Day, you’ve got a band with an album and two EPs worth of immediately likeable, original, self-released material, and who put on a consistently excellent live show to boot. Their recent video from Radiohead video director Chris Levitus and their steadily increasing blog love are signs that they’re beginning to get the notice they deserve, which is heartening to be sure.

I was first introduced to Division Day by my friend Laurie, who played me a few tracks from a sampler cd that they’d given out outside Spaceland one night, all guerilla marketing style. Smitten, I ordered their two early EPs off of their site and was straightaway hooked by their unique and catchy rockness, startling variety, and nonsensical lyrical hijinx, like notes with bubble letters from the underground.

Since then, Division Day have played an first-rate Monday night residency at The Echo, put out the indie rock-solid debut album Beartrap Island, and begun in earnest the process of worming their way into the hearts and minds of young and old everywhere.

Just watch and see. Years from now, you and your friends will ask each other, “Where were you when you first heard Division Day?” And then immediately start humming songs about birds with human hands, wanting someone’s blood inside your head, and being a dirty kid with insects all in your mouth…


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