Conquer Divide and Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group have released the band’s first single from their upcoming new studio album. Last weekend, Sirius XM’s Octane performed “Atonement” in their celebration of Women’s History Month. Today, the single is available to stream on all DSPs and can be heard below.
When discussing “Atonement,” drummer Sam Landa offers, “The word atonement means to make reparations; on seeking forgiveness; to feel sorry for something you did and hope to make things right. In the context of this song, it’s too late for that – the damage has already been done and there’s no turning back. The song tries to capture the feelings of betrayal, of being left dry by people who wanted to take the easy way out. Emotions really explode in the breakdown, and the progression mirrors how situations like this can build up in real life. There is a kind of calm before the storm, and then another sense of calm after. “We don’t know who you are,” and we’ve accepted that – just don’t try to come back and ask for forgiveness when you’ve exhausted your chances.”
Singer Kia Castillo explains, “Touring is tough for a lot of people, and between all the other hardships and straight-up bullshit we’ve been through as a band, sometimes it can be easier to give up than to hold on. It’s actually very common in all bands, because often people join for the wrong reasons. We weathered incredible storms as a group and became best friends in the process; we’re all really proud of how far we’ve come now that the good weather friends are gone. So this song is for anyone who thinks this life is all about fun and games, because at the end of the day, it’s actually one of the hardest jobs we’ve ever had.
The five-piece band hailing from the US, UK and Canada have made steady progression from their melodic metalcore-inspired roots, maturing into a formidable hard rock band, approaching the end of their first decade. together. In 2020, with an all-female lineup consisting of Kiarely Castillo (vocals) Janel Duarte (vocals, bass) Kristen Sturgis (guitar), Izzy Johnson (guitar) and Sam Landa (drums), they returned to the studio with 2x The Nominated Producer Grammy winner 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).
They came back strong, moving in a more accessible direction with the release of “Chemicals”. The song peaked at No. 23 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Indicator chart and amassed nearly two million streams on Spotify. A week later, they released a hard-hitting cover of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” which quickly racked up 1.5 million streams and entered regular rotation on Sirius XM Octane.
In the spring of 2021, their next effort marked a dramatic shift from the sound they honed in their debut, showing off their softer side with the mainstream and surprisingly pop single “Messy.” The track shows a maturation of their songwriting ability, with clever wordplay and instantly memorable pop tendencies. It was added to regular rotation on Sirius XM Octane, reached No. 6 on the foundation chart, and became the most added number one on the Billboard Hard Rock chart.
Guitarist Izzy shares, “Our music over the years has become so versatile. Our next album stays true to our metalcore roots but expands on softer songs, heavy songs and everything in between. We understand that people can have a variety of musical tastes (as we do) from pop to metal, why not have it all in one place? There is something for every taste.
The group’s emerging global fanbase emanates from their power as a group. It is not defined by gender, but by a body of work that connects to both men and women equally. It was this groundswell that led Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group to align themselves with Conquer Divide. A claim that this collective is poised to rise to prominence, side by side with like-minded musicians, redefining the rock space. They honor the legacy of those who came before them, while making an emphatic statement to everyone they meet that rock really lives on in 2022.
Conquer Divide is managed by Wild Justice Management. Their hard work and effort as an independent group consistently ranking among their signed peers paves the way for great things to come in alliance with this new partnership with Mascot Label Group. Signed by the company’s North American President Ron Burman, the girls are thrilled to be associated with a company that allows them to express their creative vision and stay true to their roots, as well as a company that has a such a long history with the successful mainstream. rock acts.
“We’ve all grown so much since our first record. We’ve done a lot of soul-searching and soul-searching about the next creative direction for the band, and we can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on. There will be something for everyone on our second album. says guitarist Kristen Sturgis.
Conquer Divide has announced two planned tours. The band’s live itinerary is available here.