I’d had a few news items through about Long Time Divided, but didn’t know much about them. So I did the most sensible thing – and mailed them a ton of questions!
Thanks to the guys and to Stencil PR for organising everything.
Long Time Divided are a new band to my ears. How long have you been together?
Really? What rock have you been living under?!?…Ha! I’m just messing with you. We’ve been together in one iteration or another since 2008. We’re based out of Pittsburgh, PA in the United States so that might help explain why we’re new to you. Hopefully, it’s not the last time you hear of us.
How would you describe your sound to encourage someone to check you out?
I (DJ) typically describe our sound as hard rock and metal influenced and reference bands such as Stone Sour, Chevelle, and Deftones. Our music is a wonderful merger of today’s hard rock and metal music with that of bands that we grew up with, such as Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Judas Priest, just to name a few.
What releases have you had?
At present, we’ve had one album release, our self-titled debut in November of 2012. We’re currently working on our sophomore album at the moment and we’re hoping to have that our later this year. We’re also going to be releasing a few free covers for people to listen to and enjoy.
I notice that 50% of your Reverbnation sales of the song “Lady Luck” go to the charity Love Hope Strength. What can you tell us about the charity and why choose to donate to them? Is the song itself relevant?
Well “Lady Luck” doesn’t have a direct tie-in to Love Hope Strength, outside of it being a nice way to drum up support for the charity. As for Love Hope Strength, it’s a charity that focuses on building and supporting cancer centers around the world, boosting awareness of global cancer needs, and expanding international bone marrow databases. We, as a band, have each had to deal with cancer and this is a good way to help fight the disease in all its forms.
A new year… what plans do you have as far as new music and touring go?
At the moment, we’re working on new tracks and are aiming for March/April to start hitting the studio for our sophomore album. We’re also going to be recording a few acoustic covers and releasing them–for free–just for a bit of fun.
What sort of live gigs have you played so far? Any national / international tours?
We’ve had the good grace of playing with some really cool acts, including Fuel (my favourite, so far), Soul Asylum, Static-X, Soulfly, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, and more, and each show is always a great learning experience. And we’ve been fortunate to play pretty much everywhere in Pittsburgh (PA…U.S.A., for those keeping track), along with Cleveland, OH and New York City. This year, we’re expanding out to some more east coast shows. Getting out of our own backyard, so to speak.
If there was one band that you’d love to tour with, one you think would give you the ideal support/opening slot – who do you think it would be?
Boy, wow. Well if I (DJ) had to look at past bands, I’d totally go with Fuel. They’re a great band live and I’ve always been a fan. I also would love to play with Stone Sour. I think they would be an awesome band to open for/tour with. Honestly though, we’re always just happy to be on stage so as long as the other band isn’t full of assholes, I think it’s a safe bet we’re all going to have a great time, and in turn, the crowd gets their money’s worth of a show.