I was clearing out my C Drive on my work computer and I came across my tunes folder. It was 30 gigs worth of music I had on my work PC and in the mix was the two albums from Anew Revolution, “Rise” and “iMerica”. So I called em up on Spotify and started to click save all over again with each song.
Whatever happened to em?
I was a fan back then and I’m still a fan today. The lyrics resonated with me. I could relate.
The following tracks are from “Rise” released in 2008.
You wanna try me you might be the one who goes down
I’ve had it up to here with your rule
You’re such a two face it’s too late to take back those words
We have all dealt with people like this. One thing life has taught me is nothing is forever, and that means relationships.
I can’t believe I finally see the enemy in you
Yes, that best friend, might scheme and lie. Yes, that great love, might scheme and lie. Eventually all the lies come down like a house of cards and those people you trusted suddenly become untrustworthy. And it’s hard to take when it first happens. There is anger, a feeling of being wronged and disbelief that it’s happened for so long.
But, humans are resilient and we rise again, better and stronger than before.
We are the voice of our lives,
But no one’s listening.
Eventually people will listen. It just takes time, effort and commitment. We give up too easily.
And how long, how long,
Can I fake this?
How long can we really fake our lives?
We have so many tools at our disposal to connect with people and we remain even more isolated.
Stand the truck up and rise
I’m not afraid
It’s pretty simple. Stand up, don’t be afraid. Easier said than done, because of what could come after. Life is always a struggle. People in power versus the ones who work for them. Some abuse the power they have and others are more utopian.
I can’t fake the way I feel inside
Every one of those eyes judging me
It’s funny how things change
I redefine how messed up this life can really be
There was a time when every action and every word that came from me was so thought out because I didn’t want to be judged or questioned for my actions/words. As I got older, I ceased to care about those kind of social arrangements. Life is too short for me to care and there are too many other things I care more about now.
And all you are, are to me.
The saddest song that I’ll ever sing.
It’s over. Gone. Never coming back. It hurts, but you move on. It takes time, but you get back into the game again.
And if I let go,
Will you let go of me?
Cause I can’t keep holding on.
I’ve given everything
And if I let go
Know that you can’t hold on
You can’t hold on to me
There’s history there and no one wants to let go, even though it’s over. The thought of starting over again is too frightening. So you hold on to each other, playing games, blaming each other even more and eventually you both stop trying to save what can’t be saved anymore.
The next songs are from “iMerica” released in 2010. This album is like Slipknot on melodic steroids.
The way it starts, it’s heavy metal as prescribed by Lemmy himself.
You live, you learn, but all your left with is broken bones
I can relate. Once upon a time, big life events for me ended with fists. It felt like it was the only way, like there had to be a winner and a loser.
Head Against The Wall
It’s a great song, reminds me of Slipknot and it’s the one that has over a million streams on Spotify.
I feel the weight of all the world across my chest.
Like a cigarette it burns and stings with every breathe
I grind my teeth to stone I bite my tongue to hold every word that I’m thinking.
I lost my head in a hole I lost my heart and my soul with every word that I’m bleeding
It’s the antithesis of social media and all the likes and happy pics. Pressure is real. Financial pressure, work pressure, family pressure, health pressure and relationship pressure.
I keep banging my
I keep banging my head against this wall
But we persist, we go on, banging our head against the same wall, every single different day, until those small one percenter changes we made weeks ago start to compound and things change.
Broken in pieces and sold off today
This American dream has been rigged
The GFC hurt a lot of vulnerable people, while the people who caused it, got away with college speaking tours, a government bailout and jobs with the firms who caused it.
Ashes From Stone
All I can see is ashes falling from the stone
It’s a fiery song. There are a lot of wrongs in life, and when things don’t go to plan, we seem to blame others for our own failures. We don’t take responsibility for our decisions. It’s always someone else’s fault. I used to be like that. Once I took ownership of my choices, man, what a difference. It really is like seeing the light. But until then, all I was seeing was ashes falling.
Take Me Over
I’m waiting for the sun to rise
But darkness is the only light
I’m waiting for the dark to
Take me over, take me over
It’s dark and life is dark sometimes. It’s hard to even talk about darkness in life, because of people’s reaction towards you. Some want to avoid you and some want to help and others want to help you too much that it gets bothersome. One thing is certain. We only have one life. It’s precious. Don’t throw it away. There is always a better way.
I see the bottom of the bottle everyday
I keep on crawling for another inch, but an inch still seems so far away
All I can do is pretend
I don’t drink as much as I used to, but I still enjoy my vino and beers, especially in social gatherings. I do know people who cope with life in the bottom of the bottle. It’s not easy and all of us look for something to dull the pain or the fear.
Why does life keep getting harder
Constantly pushing me under
It’s our choices and our relationships that keep us from excelling. A toxic choice in a toxic relationship leads to more toxicity. A positive choice in a positive relationship leads to some more goodwill and different paths, with more choice.
I need Anew Revolution to make more music. They have fans. We probably won’t make em millions, but we will listen.