Great Weights releases its final song, "490," for Silence the Shame Day - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
Great Weights | photo by Carolyn Haynes | courtesy of the artist

Yesterday was National Silence the Shame Day, which brings conversations about mental health and recover into the forefront, and Philly’s Great Weights uses the occasion to share their new song, “490,” which marks their final release for the foreseeable future. The track comes from The Final Girl, the band’s new split EP with New York’s Stay Inside and Vancouver’s Dad Thighs. According to Old Press Records, the split “is a sonic passage through the members’ pasts, promoting resilience and resistance in the face of their genre’s violent predecessors.”

Great Weights songwriter Meri Haines wrote “490” as what she calls a “revenge narrative” about the abusive men in bands she once admired, and spins lyrics from the Brand New song “70×7” to condemn the actions of that band’s frontman with his own words. (70 times 7 equals 490.) “The song chronicles abusive experiences with men in bands while growing up as a teenager in the early 2000s,” said Haines. “It is a goodbye to them, a goodbye to emo, and a farewell to revenge narratives being played out against ghosts.” Listen to the split below via Bandcamp.

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