There’s always a song out there that touches base with your deepest emotions. There is a song that speaks to you for any given moment in your life. It’s a rare occurrence when your feelings aren’t supported by a certain melodic and lyrical content to uplift you. I Prevail’s debut album Lifelines is the life support to your most crushing experiences and the wings in the moments when you feel empowered.
The 13 song debut album releases at the perfect time for the Detroit, Michigan band. Amidst a lot of negativity surrounding their band, I Prevail aimed their sights at overcoming the flak and helping others see past the naysayers. It’s with such passion they bring the heavy hitting “Scars” as the first track and first single to release off Lifelines. “Scars” sets the theme for the album; its lyrical content appears like a hand reaching for me through the fog that I call blind judgment. The blend of Eric’s roar and Brian’s shout pay homage to the turmoil I feel inside when I think I know who I am, but I have someone telling me I can’t be that person. The screams rip me apart; the crooning leads me to an understanding of my strength. The continuous riff of the guitar underlines the consistency of the message to pull through and wear the scars born to me by my enemies.
Likewise, “Stuck In Your Head” comes through to attack the emotional threads of a failed relationship. My heart stings under the wavering guitar, highlighting the back and forth of the tennis court that is a toxic love. The drum beat matches my pounding pulse as I say goodbye and good riddance to love’s hardest decision.
Lifelines’ title track sweeps in and takes my breath away. I’ve never felt a song peer into my soul and touch the parts of me that even I have a hard time understanding. When I started this journey with Shockwave, I felt suspended in air. I was between the life I was leading and the life I was so determined to achieve. I could look back on the lines that I was comfortable with, or I could look ahead at the pieces that would be my future. Brian’s despairing call hums through my brain waves
When I open my eyes/I see the lines that live on the life I left behind/I feel disconnected from the place that I call home
reminds me of the disorientation I feel when I am lost.
Remember that moment that changed everything I know
guides me back to the reason why I am in uncharted waters. Take a deep breath, continue on.
“Come and Get It” dives into I Prevail’s heavy roots. It features Eric’s scream prominently throughout the majority of the song. In an interview with us, Brian states
“Come and Get” It talks about all the people who have hated on us for the past year and a half.
It drives home their point that they are here to rise above the blindfold thrown over their image. It’s a challenge to find out what they are really about. It’s up to you to take off the blinders and see them in their own light. “Come and Get It” emphasizes railing guitar hooks and jarring bass meant to shake you up.
Skipping forward to “RISE”, I Prevail’s game becomes a rally cry to the hopefuls. The call and response lyrical content aims to push your drive. Do something. Get out there. Make yourself believe. On the opposite end of the spectrum “Already Dead” is possibly the hateiest hate song I have ever heard,
I’d pull the trigger/but you’re already dead/If I could bring you back to life/I would do it all again.
It’s heavy, it’s in your face. It’s classic I Prevail, and it’s brilliant.
Give your soul the life it needs. Find Lifelines, out this Friday, at your local Target. Pre-order with their bundles on their webpage. You’ll want to remove the blindfold that kept you from seeing the potential in this band.
You can also download Lifelines on Itunes