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  • The Division Men

  • Username: thedivisionmen
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  • Austin, TX 78744
  • Acoustic, Shoegaze, Singer-Songwriter
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Criminal Plays: 165
We Can Dream Plays: 147
Dying to Get By Plays: 151
Under The Gun Plays: 150
Lay It Down Plays: 152


The band is currently recording a new album for late 2017. The album currently features guest musicians Javier Escovedo (The Zeros), Steven Medina Hufsteter (Tito and Tarantula, Del Shannon), Jake Garcia (The Black Angels), Jay Reynolds (Asleep at the Wheel), Mitch Hertz (The Division Men) and Rafael Bernardo Gayol (Leonard Cohen).

This Texas bred, Husband / Wife Acoustic Duo originally formed in Berlin, Germany in 2008. They are now based in Austin, TX. The band is made up of founder J. Spencer Portillo (vocals / acoustic guitar) and Caroline Rippy Portillo (vocals / bass guitar).

The Division Men's named was derived from the idea of artists collaborating from all over the world despite the their locations. J. Spencer Portillo spent countless days and nights writing in his apartment in Berlin, Germany. He worked, recorded and performed with artists such as Mitch Hertz, Steven Medina Hufsteter and Fredo Ortiz. Although the collaborations dwindled, J. Spencer and his then girlfriend Caroline continued to actively write and perform together under the already established name "The Division Men".

Caroline was born in San Antonio, Texas. From 2007 until 2012, she played bass guitar for Tito & Tarantula. J. Spencer Portillo was born in Los Angeles, California but was raised in El Paso, Texas. His El Paso roots offer a huge influence on the lyrics which frequently present atmospheric portraits of love, life and death in a border town.

The Division Men are actively touring and promoting their latest album "Under The Gun" which was recorded at their in-home studio in Austin, Texas. The Division Men have a distinctive sound that has been described as dark, romantic, ethereal, and haunting.

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