Travis Hayes isn’t the type to wear emotions on his sleeve. He saves that for his songs- brutally honest most of the time, and endearingly heartfelt all the time. Hayes continues the timeless tradition of soul-bearing songwriting to interpret our shared human experience into music.
Love, heartbreak, fading friendships, fraught relationships – they’re all expressed achingly through his impassioned voice and melodic guitar lines. Hayes echoes the earnestness of Springsteen, the pop sensibility of Petty, and the raw emotion of Ryan Adams.
July 2014 marked the release of Hayes’s debut album Young Daze. The album received critical acclaim from print and online media alike. The Deli Magazine praised Hayes’s ability to “…blend quintessential American music styles that nod to artists like Tom Petty and John Cougar Mellencamp, while creating his own spin on his ballads, bringing a fresh and modern sound…” Infectious Magazine declared, “Travis Hayes’s Young Daze will entrance you and prove to be the refreshing, crisp sound you’ve been looking for.”
March 2015 brought a new feel for Hayes with the release of his acoustic EP Love Songs, featuring Emily Whitehurst (Tsunami Bomb / Survival Guide). SF Weekly dubbed the release “a heartfelt EP of acoustic folk-pop.” San Francisco TV and print contributor Broke Ass Stuart suggested, “If you want your girlfriend to miss you while she’s on vacation send her Love Songs, sung by a vocal duo whose harmony sounds as natural together as it is brutal on the ol’ heart strings.”
While Young Daze was a coming-of-age tale, and Love Songs touched on matters of the heart, Travis Hayes’s sophomore LP Sleepless explores a darker reality. Hayes delves into the challenges that inevitably come with growing older- themes that keep him awake at night. Now accompanied by a full-time backing band, Hayes’s sonic arrangements are grander, his vision is greater, and his words don’t just ring now, they soar.
In his career, Hayes has shared the stage with acts such as Nathaniel Rateliff, Langhorne Slim and Chuck Ragan. In addition, he’s made appearances at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival, SXSW, Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival and embarked on many extensive tours around the United States. Simply put by Music Junkie Press, “If you are from the Bay Area and haven’t been to a Travis Hayes show, then you are missing out.”
Simply put, Divided Heaven is Jeff Berman, an East Coast transplant living in Los Angeles with a voice and a guitar. On record and stage, Divided Heaven is a punk band without the amplification, singing stories rooted in history and politics, travel and experience, love and hope.