L2D began as a dark undertaking by brothers Andrew (guitar) and David (vocals) Hiestand under the name 'Living To Die.' After Joining forces with Shahn (drums), the band evolved into L2D - Love Twice Despaired. L2D decided to embark on a unique musical path by combining the melody of Japanese Rock and Pop with the power and flexibility of American Rock. All of the band members speak some amount of Japanese and are currently studying the language and culture. Shahn has even spent time living in Tokyo. The band uses this ability to sing songs in Japanese, write to fans in Japanese, and talk to fans during shows. The members of L2D all have extensive musical backgrounds, having studied at schools like Berklee and Musicians Institute and studying under well known musicians. As a result, David, Andrew, and Shahn are able to pull from various styles and moods to create their music. David brings poetic lyrics, as well as intense performing, a strong unique voice and a unique songwriting style. Band leader Andrew brings pop sensibility and melody to L2D through his songwriting and unique guitar playing. Shahn provides the power, edge and energy that will make your body move. L2D strives to be a band that not only blends and merges styles of music, but different cultures in music while helping to progress music in new directions. They hope for their music to be a bridge between fans of Japanese music and American music, allowing music to bring people together under universal themes of hope, longing, love, sadness and passion. Love Twice Despaired is a band that American Alternative Rock fans will be able to enjoy, while also fitting nicely on a Japanese music fan's ipod in between L'arc~en~Ciel and LUNA SEA.