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Division Bell / Bio

The idea of starting a band began (as it is usual) since the boys were at high school. Ivan and Thomas formed a group called Enola Guns. They invited their two fellow classmates to play to fill up the positions of lead guitar and a singer. While Enola Guns were on their journey to take pride between Prague's underground bands, Martin tried to polish his skills to enter the sphere of music some moths later.
Martin came up with a similar idea, but rougher and wilder than Enola Guns were and could be - while they had a concept of playing, inventing pure garage rock feeling to their sound combined with strong alt voice of their singer, The Myth as the new band has been called had no real concept, there was only unpolished feeling of rock and roll.
There were four members - Martin and Ivan were alternating is singing and both playing the guitars, there was also third guitarist as for the lead guitar and the bassist, but there was no drummer because the band couldn't find someone sufficient enough. Songs were actual and catching, but quite too simple. Time of The Myth didn't last for long as the band had its first performance two months after forming and show didn't go the way it could. Myth members met few times after the first show to practice new songs, but after couple of weeks the band just broke up. The reasons of The Myth failure can be found in the then complicated personal situations of Martin and Ivan and a fact that all the boys were totally stoned for their first performance and they messed it up as much as it was possible. Although The Myth was a failure it led all former members to new bands and to never repeat mistakes they did earlier.
Meanwhile Enola guns was doing good, having sessions and concerts on regular basis. But boys were unsatisfied with their singer - Josephine. She stopped caring about her voice, performances went dull and she couldn't respond to listeners. If the band had to continue their progress a change was needed. And it happened. Girl named Petra took the position of singer and it was quite a shot. She related with the fans and she had a large voice scale allowing her to jump from high feminine positions to deep bass bottoms enriching the song feelings as the result. Enola guns were on the roll.
Martin moved from the Prague to small provincial city where he soon formed another band following the example of The Doors - keyboards, electric guitar, drums and voice. After some changes on lead guitar position the final place took unknown player named Jacob. He soon appeared as the prodigy of guitar playing. Combination of his solo play supported with organ-like keyboards, precise jazz-like drumming and mystical texts soon granted the band local success as the band of musicians called Holy House. Nevertheless not even well started and well going Holy house continued its venture for long. Band broke up after a year of playing due to keyboardist unsatisfactory with his role in the band and Martin's extraordinary attempts to liven up the bands image.
The two bands - Enola Guns and Holy House did few performances together. The last concert of Enola Guns came almost two years after their first success and it happened in the same club as it started. Lead guitarist was frustrated with stagnation in creativity, Petra was loosing her passion for the band and another reinforcement in the role of Ivan's old friend as the second guitarist was no help for the dying group morale. A month after Enola Guns sad ending Holy House ended too foretelling a future bond between the three players - Thomas, Ivan and Martin.
While Martin gave up on any other chance to have a functional band, Ivan and Thomas were busy with forming up a new group called London Foxes. Foxes had deeper influence with garage rock, inspired with no wave structure and some new influences of modern rock. But they didn't last long. Foxes would be something called like a state of climax - preparation for inner decision - what to do now, where should we go?
The answer was at hand. Martin came with idea of taking best aspect of both Enola Guns and Holy House combining them into Pikadon, well based and well started band, a reminiscence of old style rocking and long epic solos. It has seemed like the boys finally found their true ground, but there were structural problems - drummer and guitar player Jacob both from Holy House had an eminent problem with travel from one city to another for concerts and sessions. The band had short success in local competition, few performances were made and then it all went bad.
All were tired of looking for a functional group, all were tired of forming one which could end its lifetime anytime soon. The trigger to give it a last shot came to Martin on the rock summer fest Mighty Sounds where assimilated new sounds and found love for rockabilly and true country music. He instantly started studying works of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison or Buddy Holly to find a way to combine their styles of singing and song making with styles of his another favorite musicians John Lennon and Robert Plant. Trying to merge a bit of that and a bit of that proved to be the right thing. Martin immediately contacted his friend Ivan to form a group based on two players: Ivan as a drummer and back vocalist and Martin as guitarist and singer. Soon after they decided to invite mutual friend Thomas as bass guitarist and so the Division Bell was created in its full strength.
Boys did some minor experiments on sound like changing electric guitar for electroacustic bringing more natural sound to music but maintaining the same rocking feeling or importing modern influences to songs from bands like Dinosaur Jr. or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Their goal is to reach simpleness of songs making with quality of reproduction together with "non boundaries" lyrics where everything is open to observe and sharing to other people.

General Info

Band Members
///Martin Suriak - vocals, guitar/// Tomas Vejvoda - bass /// Ivan Belka - drums, back vocals
Artist Name
Division Bell
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Rock / Garage, punk / rockabilly, country

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Prague, CZ
Ramon S.