Carlos Thurler blasts out a message of unity for out polarized times with his new single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Sometimes it feels like everyone is on their own and you’re powerless to change anything. But the right call to action can motivate people — which is exactly what Toronto rocker Thurler aims to do with Divided, the title track from his upcoming album.
The song opens with a steady blues rock riff that hooks the listener right before Thurler comes in with his gravelly vocals. The first verse establishes the song’s grim tone as it discusses how people try to stay sane in a hopeless world. As the chorus comes in, Thurler sings of how it might take the world burning before people come together to make a change:
“Til it all goes up in flames
It’s so hard to stand a chance
It’s been this way since we became so divided
All goes down the drain
It’s so hard to make amends
And it’s a shame that we became so divided
According to Thurler, the song was inspired by the stark reality we’ve been living in. “Our society has been growing more polarized and more than ever. People aren’t getting along. Songs like Divided and New Inquisition touch on this subject more directly.”
Taking up the guitar at age 14, Thurler soon started forming bands with high school friends, and later cut his teeth at the tribute band scene in his native Brazil. Years later, having accumulated a good deal of experience onstage, he would go on to write and perform original songs with bands and solo artists.
In 2008 Thurler recorded an album in Brazil with indie band Monovida, before moving to the U.K., where he honed his craft, collaborated with songwriters and seized every opportunity to gain experience. Later, he moved to Toronto and became determined to produce a solo album after experiencing the 2020 pandemic and realizing that his career in marketing wasn’t his passion.
The album Divided reflects many of Thurler’s biggest influences: From grunge, hard rock and stoner rock to Britpop and indie rock. The single of the same name is a strong, emotional track that grabs the listener’s attention, making him one to keep an eye on.