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Folk/heartland punk artist Divided Heaven (Jeff Berman) and alt-country artist Lydia Loveless team up for this anti-Trump song, Jeff Berman is a passionate punk rock song writer and the brains, soul, and muscle behind the folk-punk rock project Divided Heaven. Jeff’s band has a new single dropping today called “They Poisoned Our Fathers” which you can stream below! And because it’s a political song (like so many great punk songs before it!), in an election year, we thought we’d drop Jeff a line to get his take on the state of the country and what protest songs are helping him keep his head held high.

Divided Heaven (featuring Lydia Loveless) ‘They Poisoned Our Fathers’ Smartpunk Records

Lydia Loveless Issue 54 Cover

Lydia Loveless is working through a few things on her new album. “Daughter” is her first new release in four years, during which time Loveless has got divorced, moved from Ohio to North Carolina and was frank on social media about her mental health, and also having been sexually harassed by someone in the orbit of her former record label. So there’s a lot to cover on her fifth LP. She hasn’t lost her knack for writing brutally candid songs: Loveless is as frank as ever on these 10 tracks. She has, however, learned to pull back from the flame-thrower vocal sensibility of her earlier material. Loveless‘ songs display her usual directness and fearlessness, but there’s also plenty of vulnerability.

While she has often included laugh-out-loud lines in her lyrics, they don’t seem to fit this particular kind of therapy-through-songwriting.

The title track is a real gem. It addresses the difficulties women face to be accepted for who they are, not as people whose sovereignty is considered through their relation to others, whether as daughters, mothers or sisters. Loveless is at her most Stevie Nicks-like here, backed by a rhythm section evoking the sturdy base of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

Loveless has a massive, powerful voice that she uses to great effect, though the effect is even greater, and hits even harder, when she blends it with a measure of restraint instead of going full-bore all the time. Singing with greater nuance also helps put the focus on her lyrics, which can be flat-out wrenching. Loveless sings with a mix of remorse and dismay on “Wringer,” a divorce song where the opening lines refer to dividing up possessions: “You give the sweetest kisses, dear,” she sings on the refrain. “But you leave the stinger.”

“September” is grim but youthfully defiant, its piano complemented by cello and Laura Jane Grace’s vocals.

Electronic percussion and synths, not usually part of the Loveless sound, provide the foundations for hopeful closer “Don’t Bother Mountain,” about her life’s current chapter. She finally lets her voice soar, as if emphasizing her will to keep going.

The challenges and traumas that led to a new start have made her talents as a musician and songwriter even sharper. Here’s hoping that the fine humour that gave her songs a special spark will be back soon.

“Daughter” available through Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late Records Released on: 2020-09-25

Lydia Loveless has become one of my favorite female artists around today. Her brashness combined with her heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics always reminds me of songwriters like Paul Westerberg. Bloodshot Records just re-released the EP where it all began, Boy Crazy, along with six other tracks including covers of Prince, Elvis Costello and Kesha. Nothing filler about any of this. If you are a fan of Lydia, this is a must own.


Boy Crazy is Lydia Loveless’s “rock and roll tribute to baseball pants and youth.” Featuring sun-washed, rebel-powered pop songs presenting a conversation about judgment and loss of innocence, as one transitions from good old American naivete to you-should-know-better “wisdom.” These songs see Lydia and her incredible band roping in their signature twangy, pedal steel-laden rock beat-em-ups and tying them tightly with the crisp Southern air of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes and the snarling-but-sweet delivery of Juliana Hatfield’s heyday. It’s a summer set that arrives a little tardy this year, just in time to prolong those long, buzz-chasing July days when you hang out where you know you aren’t supposed to. This time, you just don’t care about getting caught.

Lydia Loveless Real Album Art Bloodshot Records

Lydia Loveless grew up in a New Wave band with her siblings and father. But her own goals were a little different: “I always daydreamed of being in an awesome band that looked really sweaty and punk-rock onstage,” she says. On this year’s breakthrough, Real, the 26-year-old singer-guitarist often sounds like Loretta Lynn fronting the Replacements. Loveless, who started writing as a teenager, used to be too shy to play live. Now, she has the guts to turn down major-label offers: “This Maroon 5 manager or something rolled in and asked, ‘Would you be willing to do what it takes?’ And I was like, ‘Probably not for you.'”

From Lydia Loveless’s 2016 Bloodshot album ‘Real’
Lydia Loveless, “Same to You”
Tough Ohio roots rocker offers a kick-ass existential shrug from inside a brutal relationship – it’s the kind of song that’ll get you side-eyeing the liquor shelf at 9 a.m.

From Lydia Loveless’s 2016 Bloodshot album ‘Real’:


Posted: December 11, 2016 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Lydia Loveless latest album is called Real, and that’s perhaps the best descriptor for her live show too. Loveless brings an authenticity to all of her performances, and with this new album under her belt, she’s expanded her musical arsenal as well. “I really like pop music and I always have, When I was younger, I wasn’t musically as adept and people described it as country punk. I just wanted to open things up a bit more and get away from talking about my childhood on the farm. I wanted to be talked about as a songwriter and a talented musician. I definitely improved so I wanted to move behind three-chord country ditties. This one, it’s cohesive and more advanced musically. Stylistically, it’s the most me.”

Like Ryan Adams with something to actually say, this native Ohioan writes songs full of barbed humor and tough truths, none more barbed or tougher than this inverted country tune about the reality of any relationship. “Paradise is only for the weak,” she sings. “Man, no one goes to heaven.” There’s something about the way she spits out that syllable, that “man,” with its slight Buckeye drawl, that sounds like a shrug of the shoulders, a roll of the eyes.


Singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless’ highly anticipated new album, “Real”, was released in August via BloodshotRecords. This record follows the release of Somewhere Else, which Rolling Stone praised as “…an aching, lusty set of twang and sneer wrapped in electric guitar swagger,” while Pitchfork furthered “Somewhere Else [is] both a bracing and a deeply harrowing listen.”


Lydia Loveless has never been catchier, funnier, smarter, or more of an emotional powerhouse than on this album of hearty roots-rock songs that helped her decide to keep living. The dopey “Midwestern Guys” of her Columbus home base share head space with a passionate romance in “Bilbao,” and “your shitty Indianapolis band” adds to mental noise both metaphysical (“Heaven,” where no one goes) and heartrendingly personal (“Longer,” on which Loveless grapples with a close friend’s death). And then there’s “Out On Love,” secretly the greatest ballad of the year and not so secretly the most radical stylistic departure of her career. Hopefully it proves to be a launchpad for many more.


Two years after the critical success of her breakout second album, “Indestructible Machine”, Lydia Loveless emerges from the trenches of hometown Columbus, OH with the gloves off and brimming with confidence on Somewhere Else. While her previous album was described as “hillbilly punk with a honky-tonk heart” (Uncut), this one can’t be so quickly shoehorned into neat categorical cubbyholes. No, things are different this time around—Loveless and her band have collectively dismissed the genre blinders and sonic boundaries that come from playing it from a safe,familiar place.

Writing from this new-found place of conviction, Lydia crafted 10 songs that are stark in their honesty, self-examination,and openness. Somewhere Else is more elemental than any of Loveless’s previous material; it’s about longing for the other, whether that’s something emotional, physical, or mental, all anchored by her arresting voice that sounds beyond her years. Creatively speaking, if Indestructible Machine was an all-night bender, Somewhere Else is the forlorn twilight of the next day, when that creeping nostalgia has you looking back for someone, something, or just… anything.

Blessed with a commanding, blast-it-to-the-back-of-the-room voice, the 23-year-old Lydia Loveless was raised on a family farm in Coshocton, Ohio—a small weird town with nothing to do but make music. With a dad who owned a country music bar, Loveless often woke up with a house full of touring musicians scattered on couches and floors.

When she got older, in the time-honored traditions of teenage rebellion, she turned her back on these roots, moved to the city (Columbus, OH) and immersed herself in the punk scene, soaking up the musical and attitudinal influences of everyone from Charles Bukowski to Richard Hell to Hank III.


Lydia Loveless only ever looks over her shoulder when the wind’s in her face and she needs to spit. And she probably needs to. Desire lodges in her chest like a phlegm-clot; her mucosal tone earns those Stevie Nicks comparisons you’ve maybe seen. But you’ve got to imagine Stevie stripped of her scarves and witchery by a resentful coven, abandoned in Columbus, Ohio, with nothing to fall back on but her innate grit, developing the array of vocal slurs, catches, yawps, and leaps that a woman starting out with no expectations needs once she realizes she wants the world. And if that doesn’t work out, and Loveless has to retreat defeated to her dumpy hometown? “I’ll find a rich man’s house and I’ll burn it down.” Which come to think of it, doesn’t really sound all that unreasonable.


Loveless’s powerful and assured vocals set against a wall of bristling guitars make for a potent combination. “Somewhere Else” is a rock and roll tour-de-force, filled with songs that strike the perfect blend of vulnerability and take no shit attitude, Ive included a solo piece here as well