Overwhelm

by Empty Mirror

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“The Empty Mirror's garage-rock opera tells us what our country is by looking at its hypothetical destruction. Overwhelm is an antidote to self-righteousness: it invokes an intense sense of confusion by acknowledging elements of contemporary American life--democracy, desire, television, the economy, war--without disrupting the play of images with an unequivocal judgment.” - Indie Music Stop


“The band’s official website mentions the band’s sound as “where sweet melodies struggle for survival in a surreal disaster area of electrical guitars.” Pretty heady stuff. Anyway, is that a correct way to describe the songs? Well, yes. There is no doubt about it; this record rocks . . . hard.” Skope Magazine

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released February 10, 2008

Electric Guitar & Vox……………...…......Grant Huling
Bass…………...………….......……......……Pete Steffy
Electric Guitar………..……............….…Kerry Kallberg
Drums……..........………..........……Patrick Landreman
Drums (nos. 6, 7, 10 & 12).……....…….Steve Kovach

Words and music by Grant Huling.
Except nos. 7 & 11 Music by Grant Huling & Kerry Kallberg.
Recorded at Wilder Hall & Black Asterisk in Oberlin, USA
between June 2006 & May 2007.
Produced by Grant Huling & Patrick Landreman.
Engineered by Patrick Landreman.
Mastered by Leif Shackelford at Structured Loud.
Cover artwork by Virginia Wagner.

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Empty Mirror Ohio

Born Oberlin, Ohio, 2005. Died Seattle, Washington, 2009.

Revived in 2018 for two posthumous releases: The Mere (the LP we had started when we broke up, completed as intended) and Overkill (outtakes spanning the life).

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Track Name: Zeppelins in the Fiery Sky
Come now, come now
Wakened by fear
We're getting out of here
Getting out of here

Listen, they say
Judgment is near
We're getting out of here

Think back, repent
What have you done?
He's knows everyone
He's in everyone

So much fire
Surely He'll come
There's no other good
Explanation

They say we're alright
So we're perfectly fine
They'll leave us alone to die

Clouds burn, birds rain
Out of the sky
I can't die like this
Not tonight like this

Midnight, red sky
The rubble is real
It has happened here

They say we're all right
So we're perfectly fine
They'll leave us alone to die
The ending is written
It has to end right
We're safe even if we die

Before the Rapture
And after the War
Disposed of rulers
We wait for the Lord
I feel no one.

Hallelujah!
Chinese zeppelins in the fiery sky
To your knees, America
Final Summer to fiery Fall
Ohh... America
Break your foes with a "hallelujah"
Ohh... Hallelujah!
Save your soul with a "hallelujah"
To your knees... Hallelujah!

They say that He's coming
The water's enough
Pray it up
The city is burning
By our invention
Give it up

You want to side with God
You want to side with God
You want to side with God
But Heaven breaks your laws.
Track Name: Melting Laughdown
You might never resist
You might always exist in a state of perpetual bliss
On holiday
Bizarre convention
Too many thoughts to mention
Forgot them all

You will never repent
You will always resent that you should have repented before
Oh, what a bore
Who needs attention?
Anyone we could mention?
Crowd on the shore
I've got cracks
I've got leaks
As mother looks out to me
She's gazing far out to sea
She wonders - when will I sink?

I've got cracks
I've got leaks
But you don't see me faltering
I can laugh
As I bleed
'Cause I fathom our destiny

Take it back
Join the weeds
They're growing below our feet
They'll top us eventually
Can't fault their tenacity.
Track Name: Olive
I am still, recovered
You almost tasted my ire
She and I are others
You're hopeless speaking your mind

She is my other
Together we'll write you away
Passion in rearview
The mirror decides what to show you
Lecherous RAHOWAt
A curse upon your mind
Four feet behind you
And always to the side

She is my other
Together we'll write you away

Face my other
She don't reflect a trace
The mirror is empty space
Move on

Saw we're the same man
Saw we're the same man
Saw we're the same man
Saw we're the same man
Saw we're the same man
Oh.
Track Name: My Chernobyl
She's dolling up while she's dumbing down
She'll miss her dress when it hits the ground
She's got a friendly market
She's got a boyfriend all night long

She fools herself into hating me
As if her nightmares were my decree
It's true, I saw it coming
I paid her nothing for my fill

Former noble
My Chernobyl
Do they watch you sleep?
Like I used to
On our honor
Back when you were free

Her kind of wake-up was vodka brunch
When I went dry, she went back to drunk
A sacrificial offer
Of herself to all mankind

I wonder how she imagines me
Am I a filled possibility?
I've nothing left to offer
I'll get in line like all the rest

Former noble
My Chernobyl
Do they watch you sleep?
Like I used to
On our honor
Back when you were free

Now you're filthy

Seen my angel
On the sidewalk?
Call her Angelique.
Track Name: Elephant Graveyard
In a separate attack, five American soldiers were killed when a remote bomb detonated beside the road and spilled blood...

You say a thousand ways
That we'll stay
And it rips me again
I've seen you pray and pray
Pray tell
Where will it end?

Television film of a similar incident in Somalia sickened Americans over the U.S. mission there...

You say a thousand ways
That we'll stay
And it rips me again
Proclaim democracy
Moves forth
That it's taken root

Some body parts were raised and left hanging from a telephone cable while incinerated...

The fate of all Americans
The fate of all Americans
The fate of all Americans
We share the same fate

You say a thousand ways
That we'll stay
And it rips me again
I've seen three thousand graves
Pray tell
How will it end?
The White House
Vowed the U.S. Would stay the course.
Track Name: The Indian Embassy
Do you sing along?
Do you sing along?
Do you sing along?

My healer, provider
I fall on wounded knee
Wherever you ponder
I find our enemy
Uniter, divider
You bring totality
Ill father, destroyer
I run where you can't be

And they sang their song
And they sang their song
And they sang their song free of shame
While we firebombed
While we firebombed
While we firebombed in the rain
And they sang their song
And they sang their song
And they sang their song in the rain
While we firebombed
While we firebombed
While we firebombed free of shame

If the pledge you've made is true
You'll hold your gun in silence
Enter our real life
We don't know what to make of you
Although you seem to like it
Offer some dramatic proof

Whoever would censure
I vow... slay down
Now
Yes, I sing along
Yes, I sing along
Yes, I sing along!
Track Name: pH-
Kill the magistrate for me
Prisoners and virgins bleed
Arm the classes
Starve the masses
Boiling molasses

Flame hard, flame hard
With your luck, we'll see you charred
Flame on, flame on
Get that body off my lawn

Overdrive into the sea
Had your fill of destiny
Slowly rising
Hear the mob sing
Perfume's failed cleansing

Flame hard, flame hard
We're about to go too far
Flame on, flame on
Glowing shadow, hollow bomb

It's time to believe us, honey
And you are your beliefs

Rain hard, rain hard
Reign on, reign on.
Track Name: Eros
Keep me in charge
And I'll break us apart
No, I don't see what you see in the stars

I'm on your side
'Til the day that you die
No, I don't think that will be very long

It's a side of Eros you can't deny
It's inside her marrow
She seeks to hide
You're a tangled master of your denial
You are tied into her

I'm on your side
'Til the day that we die
No, I don't think that will be very long
I'm on your mind
And I'm all you desire
It is sick how the ill can look so fine

It's a side of Eros you can't deny
It's inside your marrow
Until you die
You're a drunken juror
At your own trial
You're a drunk forever

You are joined together
You are drunk forever.
Track Name: Peak of the Arc
Towers of will
Well-hidden teeth
These are my sole security

In her truth
In her truth
She has no use for you

Still you crawl
Bloody knees
Just to kiss her feet

She’s my Goddess
Peak of the arc
In my office
Long after dark
Have mercy

Hours to kill
Before they kill me
Sewn into the majority

In her truth
In her truth
She has no use for you

Flesh and bone
You will feed
The economy

She’s my Goddess
Peak of the arc
In my office
Teeth of the shark
Have mercy

If you miss it the first time
The stars will never realign

It’s a sign of the fall
Ignore her call
She’s an empty well
Sell!
Sell!

If you miss her the first time
The stars will never realign
If you miss her the first time
The stars will never realign
If you miss her the first time
The stars will never realign.
Track Name: Transcontinental
Hell, it's transcontinental
It rose me in my sleep
They're built compartmental
Reflects our memory

Pouring graves with thin cement
Sing, "God bless the living dead"
Cut through the mainstream
Our ghost military

Leaflets fall from red heavens
Arabic, white and blue
Game broke, misunderstanding
"If our will they only knew"
They won't resign from nothing
Or face the light of truth

Chosen few denied the vote
Tightened the people's throat
You don't define truth
Your lies will define you.
Track Name: Electrocide
The sentence was set to a show tune
He has a program and it will save you
Crumbling past, city of gratitude
Cannot tell what is wrong

Obedient child under curfew
Citizen rolls through the drive-thru
General claims he knows the magnitude
None of us own the bomb
Denegate precedent
At your own expense
You don't suspect
Your power's checked

He's missing the lesson: Liberty
He won't forgive you if you disagree

E.M.P. waves: safe at no altitude
Patriots mock the news

President
He's a riot
When he's victimized
His answers try
To close your eyes
His answers try
To strike you blind
You're next in line
Electrocide
Don't go crying
When heroes die

They're trying to conquer history
No one will miss you when they wipe it clean

Does greatness fall after all?
Does greatness fall after all?
Hush…
Track Name: Saint Orpheus
I scream from the podium of my brain
Can't rouse the workers asleep in the back
Can't find an audience for flying ash

They'll carry on life without you
Everyone wise just gives in to the scene
Everyone tries to divine who's the lead
One day they'll beg for disaster relief
I'll point them back to the culture they breathe
I'd risk my life to come alive
I'd risk my life to come alive
I'd die and carry on life below you

Don't claim the mountain, you've never been there
Don't wear that medal, defenses were bare
They don't connect, they just float through the air

He's a refugee
He's a refugee
Don't he make you feel at home?
He's a refugee
He's a refugee
Don't he make you feel at home?
He's a refugee
Don't he make you feel at home?
He's a refugee
How's he make you feel?

I give my life
All in stride
I give my life
All in stride
I give my life
All in stride
I give my life
I can't awaken.
Track Name: Light Won't Break
Bend me backwards
You kiss me on my eyes
I waive my rights
I waive my rights

Mine are burnt
Mine are desensitized
Tonight
Burning apart outside of you
You'll freeze inside

I say, "yes"
You say, "yeah, I suppose"
It drains my time
It drains my time

In my bedroom
In your grave we're enclosed
Clarity
Charity

I guess it's something that you won't shake
Need my nights to turn you on
'Cause light won't break
Not this song

Burning a love outside of you
You'll freeze inside
Darling, I couldn't have tried any harder
Brave your life.
Track Name: Shoestring Century
Gravel in the street
Shoestring century of abandoned pride
Remember how we laughed?
Remember how the world watched
As Congress cried?

The other day
A motorcade
Kicked its dust
On my dead lawn
He read it to his son
But the history book is yellow, done
Acid won
He'd read it from his mind
But it never seems to be the right time
Past his prime

You want to play
That old game
And shake my hand
With my pride?
You want to stay?
We say "no"
We say "no"
We say

Ride your ruckus
Ride your ruckus home
Ride your promise
Ride your promise home

We say "no.”
Track Name: Cross the Road
You meet me at Professor Street
Where suburban wonders crumble
They lost their battle to the weeds
That have punched right through their windows

Postmodern hope is spent
But will you still not repent?
Overgrowth lives across the street
See, that's our new location
No matter there's nothing to eat
It's our final destination

Take off your shoes and coat
Resolved, we'll cross the road
It's not a long way to go

Happy ends still have to end
Otherwise there's no "amen"
Here's my motto, plain as you
Will ever hear one:
Face the end

So follow me
Across the street
Through woods unknown
I know, I know
The ground is cold
But lie with me
Atop the snow
And rest until
We're piled below
Above our guilt
Beyond all toil
Outside of fear
Below the soil

Amen.

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