Conquer Divide new music | “Messy video
Conquer Divide navigate complicated relationships in the video for their last lead “Messy,” exclusively with Alternative Press.
“Messy” has a powerful message about relationship management, both romantic and platonic. It also emphasizes the importance of living an authentic life and knowing your worth.
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The group warns of the danger of ignoring red flags and becoming complacent in your relationship. If you constantly put things aside, they will pile up until you can no longer ignore them..
The meaning of the song differs markedly from the visual, which uses moody blue lighting and colorful laser beams for a crisp atmosphere. Singer Kiarely Castillo, guitarists Kristen sturgis and Izzy Johnson, singer / bassist Janel Duarte and drummer Samantha land all have coordinated outfits. Paired with fishnets and chains, their cohesive look lends itself to the darker feel of the trail.
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All feminine Hard rock/metal band are known for their intense and anthemic songs, and “Messy” is no different. Breathtaking guitar drums and riffs smoothly combine with Castillo’s soaring vocals to create the addicting sound of the song. However, the track also showcases the band’s new mentality on their music and their ability to step out of their comfort zone.
The song follows their latest single “Chemical products”, which was the band’s first new song since their 2015 eponym album. Released at the end of 2020, “Chemicals” tackled addiction from an artist’s point of view. The song was given later acoustic and remixed counterparts. Together, “Chemicals” and “Messy” mark a new era for the group both sonically and mentally.
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“We know everyone is dying to hear what we’ve done, and the short answer is that we had just taken a break to focus on our personal lives,” the group said upon release. “Chemicals”.
“We had a lot of time to think about where we wanted to go next,” they continue. “I think collectively our musical tastes have all evolved. We still wanted to feel heavy and anthemic, but it was important for us to step out of our comfort zone and move forward.
You can watch the video for “Messy” as well as read exclusively about the song’s inspiration and more below.
Where did the initial inspiration for “Messy” come from and what statement did you want to make?
IZZY JOHNSON: We wanted to create a song that would be on the same level as “What’s left inside” from our first album. I feel like “Messy” is exactly that – it’s a song that everyone can relate to in one way or another. “What’s left inside” [is] on the softer side. But it gave us the opportunity to really show off Kia’s voice and Kristen’s lyrical writing.
KRISTEN STURGIS: “Messy” is a song about being in a toxic relationship and wondering how and when it got to this point. I think most of us have been in a similar situation at one point or another. It’s tough when you’re on the road, unable to see your significant other, away for months at a time. But I imagine it’s more difficult for those who stay at home. On the road, at least you have your group mates.
In creating this song, what was the creative process from that initial idea to the final song and visual?
JOHNSON: Kristen really laid the groundwork for this song. With the lyrics and chord structure finalized, Kia put their own touch to the vocals as Kristen and I got together to write finishing guitar parts here and there to complete the Kia part. It will be a fun song to play live because of its energy and simplicity.
What’s the most important thing you hope fans take away from the song?
STURGIS: I think the important takeaway from this song is knowing your worth, be it in friendships, romantic relationships, or professional life. It’s easy to be complacent in a toxic environment. You think it’s better to walk on eggshells than to be alone. But at some point you wake up and realize that it is damaging your sanity. So there has to be a fundamental change in your relationship or a change in your environment. Easier said than done, however.
Explain to us your thought process behind visualizing the track.
JOHNSON: The song is called “Messy”, and we really wanted to consider it with the laser / video edits. My personal favorite part is Kia’s eye makeup change for the last chorus.
SAMANTHA LANDA: The video is an antithesis of the title and the lyrics because it has such a simple and clean feel to it. But sometimes there are “glitches” in the visuals that reflect how not everything that looks clean and put together on the surface is perfect – that there may be underlying glitches threatening to break through. the facade. Kia’s face also looks very well put together at the start of the video, but at the end the makeup reflects the lyrics. She had to go through this “messy” transformation.
STURGIS: In fact, we ended up using a glass of champagne in front of the camera lens for some of the distorted shots, which the song refers to. We all know that drinking can fuel bad decisions. So it was cool to add these impulsive details to the video. [It’s] life imitating art imitating life.
What should fans expect from Conquer Divide going forward?
JOHNSON: More songs and more variety. For our fans who fancy something a little heavier than “Messy” they won’t have to wait long… I also hope for tour announcements soon. We’re just trying to be patient with it.
STURGIS: We’ve all grown so much since our first record. We have a lot of soul-searching and thought a lot about where to take the band next, and can’t wait to share what we’re working on. We love all music, from pop and EDM at rocky at metal core equalize Death Metal, so I think we’d be creatively bored if we stick to one style for each song. Although “Messy” is a bit lighter, we will definitely have something for everyone on our second album. While we were on hiatus, I honed my songwriting skills and tried electronic sounds, which is quite a rabbit hole in itself. In addition, we have worked with Tyler smyth and Joey sturgis, and it’s like the dream team for us. We have also worked with Eli Strobeck in production for these last two outings, and he’s incredibly talented as well. It’s been a slower process to be independent at the moment, but we’re having a lot of fun and we’re very excited to release our new music to the world.