Brooklyn-based post-hardcore band Stay Inside have released a stream of “Reconstruction” from their new record The Sea Engulfs Us and the Light Goes Out.
On “Reconstruction,” Bartees Cox, Jr. commented, “A cop ran up on me one night when I was walking home – he thought I was somebody else. Things got heated and I couldn’t de-escalate the situation – we were totally alone and I thought I was going to die. I’m black, so when I’m out alone at night, I try to stay extra aware so I can avoid stuff like this, but this song is about how sometimes there’s not a lot you can do and how it’s terrifying. By the end, I’m begging for an apology – and moreso for people to acknowledge that the lasting impact of slavery and oppression is why these power dynamics exist.”