"A Camry through the living room wall of your heart and there's no fixing it."
- Vinyl Me, Please
"Haunting and emotionally wrought."
- Milwaukee Record
"The bottom line, for this meditation of loss and rediscovery of his own artistic prowess, is Berube has found what it takes many of the masters a lifetime to learn regarding what makes a song work for the listener. This is as authentic as authentic gets, in any art form."
- Flagstaff Live
Lyrically devastating but strangely moveable, "Love Is a Dog from Hell" – his solo debut – is Donivan Berube's years-long meditation on abandonment, loneliness, and self-rediscovery in the wake of divorce from his wife and long-time musical collaborator. It's a poignant juxtaposition of fragility versus darkness, sensuality amidst reservation, movement despite heaviness, all presented under the guise of a bedroom pop song.
A month after turning 17, Donivan Berube left home and disassociated himself from the church of Jehovah’s Witnesses, thus saying goodbye to his entire family and all of his friends, forever. Then he took off to travel the continent and live out of a tent, releasing albums on small labels as "Blessed Feathers." In the time since, he’s worked as an English teacher in Huaycán, Peru, a librarian in Big Sur, California, a luthier in Flagstaff, Arizona, and ridden his single-speed bicycle across the country.
Aside from touring the US, Canada, & Europe with bands like Father John Misty, Youth Lagoon, and the Cave Singers, his 2014 album “Order of the Arrow” was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his 2015 album “There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow” was released by Vinyl Me, Please. But after the dissolution of his marriage he found himself at the end of the road, alone, having lost everyone.
released September 8, 2017
Written, produced, performed, and everything else by Donivan Berube.
Some guitars were played by Eric Dovigi.
Some harmonies were sung by Sara Maltinsky.
Bass clarinet was played by Tyler Neidermeyer.
Synths were played by Kyle Keller.
Additional recording and percussion help from Glenn Davis & Tim Horak from Way Yes in Columbus, Ohio.
Recorded at home in Arizona.
Mastered by Joe Lambert in New York City.
I don't really know who's looking out for me
'Times I get to thinking that I'd rather be
Disappearing every moment constantly
Constantly, baby please
Do you promise to be there for me?
A woman's love is a dog from hell
And a man's love means nothing at all
Getting tired of the way it feels to be
Just another loser looking for some family
Tell me who it is that's looking out for you
Ain't nobody really ever there for you
Ain't it true? Just me and you
Track Name: Who Do I Turn To?
Who do I turn to?
It was supposed to be
That shit was supposed to be on you
Here is all that's left to learn from that
The way I held you close while my world went black
Now I know that even you don't have my back
Now I know I am the only one that has my back
Goess I'll have to live with that
Baby I'll remember that