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I Prevail

I Prevail

An explosive American post-hardcore quintet with pop/punk tendencies, I Prevail emerged in 2013 and found success the following year with a metallic rendering of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space." The band earned a pair of Grammy nominations in 2019 in relation to their chart-topping sophomore full-length Trauma.

Based out of Rochester Hills, Michigan, I Prevail formed in 2013 around the talents of Brian Burkheiser (vocals), Eric Vanlerberghe (vocals), Steve Menoian (guitar), Jordan Berger (guitar), and Lee Runestad (drums). Employing a blistering blend of metalcore, pop-punk, and post-hardcore that invokes names like Bring Me the Horizon, We Came as Romans, and A Day to Remember, the band issued their debut EP, Heart vs. Mind, via Fearless Records in December 2014. A hard-hitting cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," which elicited over two million views on YouTube, helped further establish the band as a rising force within the hardcore scene. They later proved their original songwriting capability with the release of their 2016 debut album, Lifelines. Featuring a re-tooled lineup that consisted of Burkheiser, Vanlerberghe, Menoian, and new guitarist Dylan Bowman, the LP debuted at number one on the Billboard alternative, hard music, and rock charts. The following year, the group parted ways with Runestad and bassist Tony Camposeo, recruiting replacements Gabe Helguera and Eli Clark. They got to work on their follow-up album while touring with the Word Alive, We Came as Romans, and Escape the Fate.

In 2019, the band returned with sophomore effort Trauma, which included the singles "Bow Down" and "Breaking Down." At the end of the year, the set received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album and "Bow Down" entered the fray, competing for Best Metal Performance. The following year saw the band release a stripped-down acoustic version of the moody Trauma single "Hurricane." ~ James Christopher Monger

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