“Lifelines” - @iprevailband
Written by: Kass
Edited by: Lexie
life·line /ˈlīfˌlīn/ Noun
1. A thing on which someone or something depends or which provides a means of escape from a difficult situation.
I can’t do this alone
Cut up into pieces, looking for a reason
Throw me a line and bring me back home
I Prevail has graced us with a new music video for their single, and title of their latest album, ‘Lifelines’! This powerful video packs a hard-hitting emotional aspect with outstanding clean and unclean vocals. The aggression is intense and in your face, just as the boxing represents in this video. It’s clear to see that boxing in this video is the lifeline, so to speak. The man has walked away from his old life, for this one, but the sport brings it all back and tethers him to his old life.
Between shots of live footage of the band playing the song and showing Brian Burkheiser in the boxing ring, the video focuses on this guy, who is a boxer. You can tell right off the bat that he has a lot on his mind. His body language says that he isn’t ready for that old life to creep in and destroy the one he is living right now, but the present is what links him to his past life and he can’t let that go. The video focuses on the guy training for a big fight, but as his body is built up, his mentality and emotional walls are torn down and put to the test.
The storyline is powerful and will tug at your heartstrings while asking for your sympathy. The boxer in the video is going into his first big fight since losing his father. The thought of not having his father there with him in the flesh is taking a toll on his body, mind, and spirit. He keeps pushing himself to the limit so he can win this fight. Boxing is the literal representation of his lifeline. It’s the lifeline that still connects him to his late father. Not only was his father close to him, but he was his boxing coach, and throughout the video, it shows him thinking back to that time and place where he and his dad trained.
Boxing is a sport that allows its competitors work out natural violent aggressions in a controlled setting. The anger, sadness, hurt, and pain that he feels is all channeled into this one fight. This is his stress outlet that allows him to channel everything he is feeling into a slow building rage that can be unleashed onto an opponent. Lyrically speaking, every part of this song correlates with the story being told. One line in the song says, “Who’s gonna be there to take me home?” The boxing gym where he spent all the time with his dad is ‘home’ and the next line that says, “I feel disconnected from the place that I call home,” that refers to that feeling of losing his dad and because the gym was ‘home’, he now feels disconnected and the big fight is his lifeline to bring him back.
I Prevail has outdone themselves yet again! “Lifelines” has earned a 10 out of 10 and in case you missed it, here is a link to the video! Drop some love in the comments and tell us what YOUR lifeline is!