Divided We Stand is a modern heavy rock band that combines haunting melodies, infectious grooves, tightly synched guitar riffs and clean, melodic vocals to create a crowd pleasing experience.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
It started out with Mike Russell (Drums), Phil Zimny (Guitar) and Trevor Tucker (Guitar) jamming out and writing songs. Later they added Randy Krouse (Bass) after a random try out. Joe Turner was just hanging out with the band one night and asked to play a song for us. To our surprise he had a golden voice and we quickly added him to the band. After Trevor left to pursue other ventures we had a few guitarist come and go on till we found Jake Wilson. He was in other bands that we had played shows with and caught our attention with his strong stage presence.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We listen to a wide range of music but we never try to take from other artists. We try to play whatever direction our emotions lead us. Some of our favorite bands include but not limited to Avenge Seven Fold, Ghost, U2, Fear Factory, Poison The Well, All That Remains, Deftones. That list could go on for days.
What inspires you?
Life itself. We try to listen to our emotions and reflect them in our music. Each song has a different message but all have a poignant life lesson. We write about the unmitigated truths about being alive.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Mostly we write in our free time. We do write riffs with an acoustic guitar while we are traveling. When we are in the studio we feel like we are in a time crunch so we try to have everything polished and ready to go before we hit the studio. Sometimes you have to rewrite parts while on the fly in the studio if the producer points out a flaw or a better approach. Each song takes shaped differently. We try to come up with a simple singular idea to start off with. It helps set the tone for the whole process.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Our song “Saboteur” is a fan favourite as well as one of our favourite song to preform. It is very high energy and it has melodies people can sing along with. We sling our guitars around and jump all over the place. It has been in our set for years and will probably never stay indefinitely. We also try to throw some covers in the mix here and there. One of the covers we get a lot of response from is the “Final Countdown” by Europe. Its a fun song and we really beef it up to give it a modern edge.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
We would love to jump on any European tour. We have a surprisingly large following in the UK and Germany. We would love to show up in some of those towns over there and surprise some of our fans. We have been on some good tours and festivals but we would love to take a step up and play Download Festival or something really huge like that.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Music Streaming is a blessing and a curse. For established artists streaming music is the wave of the future and has all but killed CDs and physical copies of albums. For unsigned unheard artists it makes it harder to make money because you can’t even give away CDs hardly any more and streaming music doesn’t pay as much as selling physical copies so there is this trade off. You can stream your music and get your music on so many different sources that you couldn’t before the dawn of the internet but you can’t make as much money as selling your physical merchandise. It is a very interesting time for the music industry and times are changing
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We have had some wild experiences while on the road. We have had random people we had just met want to travel across the country with us. That gets interesting when they realize you are actually living in a van and travel from town to town partying every day. We get people who want us to sign their bodies on their naughty parts, and that isn’t always a good thing. We have had some confrontations with drunk people where they want to fight us, and most of us have taking one or more forms of fighting so that is fun. We regularly get invited to random parties after the show, and most of the time we have no idea where we are at or who we are with but we generally try to use their shower and/or their washer/dryer before we leave/get kicked out. We have fixed other peoples vehicles for extra cash while we crashed in Walmart parking lot. We met a cool truck driver who just had a sex change from a man to a woman who heard our music and asked us to sign their CD and permission to remix one of our songs for us. We love tour life, its so random and crazy.
What are your future plans?
We want to further ourselves as musicians. We want to be able to keep expanding our brand. We plan on playing 75+ shows a year and touring in different regions of the United States and even start to venture into other countries like Canada and Mexico. We plan on releasing a few EPs a year or one full album. We will make cool music videos for our main singles. Make merchandise for each tour and/or music releases. Promote and distribute our brand and keep pushing forward. Music is our lives and we don’t plan on quitting anytime soon.