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Interview:
Detroit's I Prevail is back for a big homecoming
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The members of I Prevail feel like a different band as they get ready to come home for a show this weekend at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

When it last played the metro area -- on March 20 at the Crofoot Ballroom -- the Oakland County-based modern rock group was "kind of up-and-coming," according to singer Brian Burkheiser. "It was our third show ever and we were all super nervous." Five months later, with an EP out ("Heart vs. Mind") and many road miles behind it, I Prevail returns more seasoned and more confident.

"It's almost like a brand new band," says Burkheiser, 22, a Rochester resident who formed I Prevail after leaving his previous band, Until The End. "We've played 80 shows or something since (the Crofoot), so I think we'll be able to offer more than we offered last time. We're really excited."

There's no question "I Prevail" is on the upswing. After making news, and noise, with its hard-rocking, viral sensation cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," I Prevail has won even more friends with its own music, the seven tracks on "Heart Vs. Mind."

"It's been kind of cool recently," Burkheiser reports. "At a lot of shows we've found that fans find us through different outlets, not just ('Blank Space'). They've seen different music videos or heard about us through a friend or whatnot. They're listening to the original music before figuring out the cover was even out there.

"So it hasn't just been the cover that's been intriguing people, definitely. That's been a good sign."

I Prevail's next goal is to give the burgeoning fan base more new music. The group is writing, and after it tours this fall with Hollywood Undead and Chromeo it plans to hit the studio to make its first full-length album.

"We're excited to get three months to go in and give it all we've got," Burkheiser says. "When we wrote the first EP we were all kind of new to each other. Now we've gained quite a bit of chemistry, so we're intrigued to see what we can do now that we've gotten to spend so much time with each other.

"I think we'll keep a similar sound to the EP. Obviously it'll mature just with all of us getting older and our tastes expanding more. We're just really pumped to do it, and we feel like people are itching to hear more from us."

I Prevail, Dangerkids, Fit For Rivals and more

Saturday, Aug. 22. Door open at 6:30 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

Tickets are $15.

Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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