Formed in 2009, Michigan’s Great Reversals has steadily built an impressive discography. Releasing a host of EPs and splits, the band has consistently churned out powerful hardcore centered around deeply personal, often philosophical lyrics infused with the idealism that has always been at the heart of the DIY scene.
Now the band is poised to unleash their debut LP Mere Mortals in collaboration with State of Mind Recordings, Bitter Melody Records, and Hydrogen Man Records. Spanning 11 songs in total, “Mere Mortals” channels 90’s heavyweights like Trial, Integrity and Harvest, while infusing occasional moments of post-rock flair. Lyrically, the record is a reflection on the often desperate and heart-breaking state of the human condition, as seen through the lenses of friends, family, and acquaintances. Recorded and mixed by Andy Nelson, and mastered by Brad Boatright, the weight of the record’s subject matter is surpassed only by its crushing production, resulting in a jarring and colossal listen.
Today we’re proud to be premiering “Capsized,” a song inspired by the tragedy we all witnessed last fall when three year old, Aylan Kurdi, washed ashore on a Turkish beach. His death is a grim testament to the struggles some will go through to attain a semblance of the comfort and prosperity others of us take for granted every day.
I could’ve been born from pain. I could’ve been conceived in hate. I could’ve been created with a craving in my veins. Consider me lucky, in a cold and callous world, consider me lucky. I could’ve been raised knowing nothing but war, trafficked in a world we abhor, or forced from home only to wash lifelessly ashore. For all that could’ve been I still sleep through days and squander nights too insecure to take the reigns or aspire to great heights. Painfully aware that everything I cling to will be torn away. One single moment, it could all end. In one single moment it will all end. All the could’ve-beens will be no more. There will be no alternate realities to explore. I’m lucky to have known so little woe, but can’t escape the shame of the world’s pain that I’m lucky enough to ignore. In one single moment it will all end.