Park has fronted the B. Lees since the mid-90’s, while Rosenstock was brought into the fold in 2014. The pair last collaborated together on the 2019 effort Rental!! Eviction!!, which looked at America’s class system through the lens of housing. But Divisions in the Heartland may be their most timely project yet, with a title track that references America’s worrying rise in racist violence. Park sings of, “Men in high places, afraid of mixed races/ Pledging the flag to defend racist cases.”
“When writing the songs for the new BRUCE LEE BAND album I was dealing with anxiety, anger, stress, sadness, hopelessness (still am). And now after being in the fetal position of sadness this past week I again turn to music to bring me out of this rut.
These songs were like therapy for me. A chance to yell and play music with friends during a pandemic was more healing than one could ever imagine.
I’m not sorry for being political. But I want healing and unity. Will that ever happen in my lifetime? With all my heart, I hope so.”
Divisions in the Heartland scorches through five tracks in 11 minutes, and includes “BLT”, which features Rosenstock singing Korean lyrics written by Park. This is just the latest exploration of ska from Rosenstock, who recently turned his 2020 LP NO DREAM into a new album called SKA DREAM. On June 10th, he’ll play the Doomin’ Sun Fest livestream, which is free to attend and accepting donations through the event website.
— Mike Park (@mikeparkmusic) March 25, 2021
Division in the Heartland EP Artwork:
Division in the Heartland EP Tracklist:
01. Say Goodbye to Yesterday
02. You Said You Hated Impressions
03. Division in the Heartland
05. You’re Melting Faster as the World Just Stops and Stares