CONQUER DIVIDE — the international five-piece band hailing from the U.S., U.K., and Canada who have generated accolades from Revolver, Alternative Press, Loudwire, and more — have just shared their new single “Paralyzed.” Check out the video HERE.
This track will hit particularly close to home for anyone who listens to it, as it addresses something we’ve all dealt with yet in a very unique way.
Guitarist Kristen Sturgis shares, “This song is about battling with mental illness and depression —especially during the pandemic — and feeling like you are too mentally paralyzed to move forward.”
She continues, revealing her deeply personal experience working as a nurse during COVID, saying, “I was in a dark place because, as some people may or may not know, I am a critical care nurse when I am not touring. I was traveling around the country to all these hot spots to help-out with COVID, and I saw dozens of people lose their lives. And I still really have not fully processed it.”
Sturgis further explains, “But if you do not disconnect, you can’t do your job effectively. So, it is the kind of depression where you don’t feel anything at all, and you turn your emotions off. There was a point where they had psychologists visiting us on the unit to talk about our feelings. But it was like, ‘I don’t have time for this right now. I need to hang the next bag of x/y/z medication and keep this person alive. Get back to me in a year after this is all over.’ I think a lot of health care workers are also going to have PTSD or depression from what we went through. I hit a bit of writer’s block as a result of my mental state, and this song was a bit cathartic for me.”
As for Conquer Divide’s future plans, Sturgis offers this exciting update: “We’ve all grown so much since our first record. We did a lot of introspection and soul-searching about which creative direction to take the band in next, and we can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on. There will be something for everyone on our sophomore album.”
The band remains hard at work with 2x Grammy-nominated producer Tyler Smyth (Falling in Reverse, I Prevail) and 4x RIAA-certified Gold record producer Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, Of Mice & Men).
Conquer Divide also recently collaborated with Electric Callboy on the single “Fckboi.” Watch the video here. The song is already at over 10m streams worldwide, while their standalone track “Atonement” is at 2.5m streams worldwide.
CONQUER DIVIDE ARE:
Kiarely Castillo — Clean Vocals
Janel Duarte — Vocals + Bass
Kristen Sturgis — Guitar
Izzy Johnson — Guitar
Samantha Landa — Drums