Divided We Stand came together to create a new standard within the music industry. The goal was simple, to compose music of the highest quality possible, that all music lovers and musicians could love and just make the world a better place in the entire process. Find out how this was done below.
1. Tell us the history of your band and its members
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.
2. Whats the origin of the band’s name
Our band name is Divided We Stand for a reason. We have such different views and ideals. While we were in the first phases of our band we had so many different ideas of what direction to go in. Someone said don’t be so divided and it dawned on us “Divided We Stand” literally.
3. Where is your band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend
We hail from Knoxville, Tennessee. Our music scene was on a decline recently because of limited places for live music. Knoxville is home of the college UT and there are a lot of dance clubs but not a lot of bars with live music. There was a cool bar called Open Chord that opened a few years back that was dedicated to live music and it breathed new life into the rock/metal scene here. There are some good bands that have came from Knoxville like 10 Years and Straight Line Stitch, but as far as new local music we like and recommend Inward Of Eden, Decombrio, and Tears To Embers.
4. How would you describe your style
We are a modern heavy rock band that combines haunting melodies, infectious grooves, tightly synced guitar riffs and clean, melodic vocals to create a high energy crowd pleasing experience.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works
In 2011 we cut our first EP “Civil Unrest” with Miah at Sound Lair. In 2013 we cut “Deception” with Travis Wyrick at Lakeside Studios. Travis has worked with some big artists like P.O.D and Dolly Pardon. Earlier this year (2016) we decided to cut a single with Tony Gammalo at Spider Studios. They have produced for artists like Machine Gun Kelly, Chimaira, and even did the Freddy VS Jason Soundtrack. So if you look us up you should expect high quality recording of some very well thought out songs. We put our souls into this music and we pride ourselves on having unique songs that will get stuck in your head for days.
6. Do you have any new music in the works
We have so much music we don’t know what to do sometimes. Its hard to get enough capital record sometimes but we have plans to record ourselves eventually. It would be nice to put out song after song. We see the music world evolving towards singles instead of albums because the CD is a thing of the past. Everyone has a playlist now and it makes more sense to put out a single with a music video rather than albums. We currently are trying something weird. We are recording via internet with a producer in Mexico. We hope to have a new single very soon.
7. How about playing shows and touring. Have anything planned out
We play around 70 shows a year. We work with A-Team Entertainment for our booking mostly. We are taking the last part of the year off to enjoy the holidays but we have a tour planned for March 2017. We also have a few loose show dates for the beginning of the year.
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band
We want to keep making good music and cool music videos. We plan on continuing to tour United States and even been talking about a Mexico tour soon. So don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff.
You can catch us on I-tunes and Spotify. We are about to be on Fuse and Havoc TV channels. We are a CD Baby band and can get our stuff on their site.
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time.
Music can unite individuals who would otherwise remain separated. We want our message to be one of unmitigated truth. We want the listener to be able to feel the same emotion that we had when we created the music.