Conquer Divide debuted the video below for their new song “Paralyzed“. The band’s guitarist Kristen Sturgis offered the following on the track:
“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.
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.
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.”
The band has been busy working on new material with Tyler Smith and Joey Sturgis. Regarding that and the band’s plans Kristen offered:
“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.”
You can catch the band live on the following dates they have lined up:
With Attack Attack!, Outline In Color & Across The White Water Tower:
10/29 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10/30 Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theater
10/31 Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
11/01 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
11/02 Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
11/03 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
11/04 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
11/06 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge