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I Prevail at the Masonic, 5 Things To Know
The world got to know I Prevail through its punky viral cover of Taylor Swift‚Äôs ‚ÄúBlank Space‚ÄĚ but the Oakland County quintet has shown it has much more to offer during the three years since.
I Prevail‚Äôs debut album, 2016‚Äôs ‚ÄúLifelines,‚ÄĚ has spawned the hits ‚ÄúScars‚ÄĚ and Alone,‚ÄĚ while the boxing-themed a video for the title track was recently released as well as another clip for the song ‚ÄúAlready Dead,‚ÄĚ which features Kyle Gass of Tenacious D. ‚ÄúLifelines‚ÄĚ was nominated for Album of the Year at the Underground Interviews Awards, and I Prevail spent the past summer on the Vans Warped Tour before launching its own headline tour for this fall and winter.
There‚Äôs more ahead, of course, but there‚Äôs no question the group has filled in any blank space about whether or not it‚Äôs for real...
‚ÄĘ The success of ‚ÄúLifelines‚ÄĚ has been gratifying for the band members, according to guitarist Dylan Bowman. ‚ÄúA lot of people were looking at us like, ‚ÄėHow‚Äôs this band gonna do?,‚Äô aside from the (Swift) cover that we did,‚ÄĚ Bowman, 28, says by phone. ‚ÄúWe definitely had something to prove when we wrote ‚ÄėLifelines.‚Äô We‚Äôre very proud of it. We definitely set a benchmark for what we‚Äôre going to do the next time, but this definitely exceeded our expectations and we‚Äôre happy with how the fans reacted to it.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ The gentle touch of ‚ÄúAlone,‚ÄĚ which hit No. 6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart, helped expand I Prevail‚Äôs audience. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a cool dynamic you see at shows now,‚ÄĚ Bowman explains. ‚ÄúYou have the people who come to listen to I Prevail for ‚ÄėCome And Get It‚Äô and the heavier songs, and then you have fans who are little more driven to emotional music that come to hear ‚ÄėAlone.‚Äô That makes it fun because we‚Äôre not taking the same four or 500 kids who are subscribing to (Alternative Press) magazine every night. We‚Äôre getting to people that are seeing us on Facebook or hearing about us on the radio and they‚Äôre coming and telling us, ‚ÄėHey, this is the first rock concert I‚Äôve ever been to.‚Äô I hear that, like, 10 or 15 times a night at least, which is a cool feeling to have.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ The boxing motif for the ‚ÄúLifelines‚ÄĚ video is intended as a metaphor for the song. ‚ÄúI really think that ‚ÄėLifelines‚Äô is a track that talks about being away from home and the way it can affect relationships and things like that,‚ÄĚ Bowman says. ‚ÄúWith the video we just wanted to portray that (struggle), and fighting or boxing seemed like a good idea. It‚Äôs just about how relationships are tough for us on the road and how it‚Äôs hard to maintain them with people back home.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ Bowman has been spending part of the tour filling in on ‚Äúclean‚ÄĚ lead vocals for bandmate Brian Burkheiser, who‚Äôs been on doctor-ordered rest dealing with vocal cord issues. ‚ÄúWe definitely miss having him out there, but I‚Äôm having a lot of fun doing it,‚ÄĚ Bowman says. ‚ÄúSinging is something I‚Äôve done since I was pretty young, so when we sat down and Brian was like, ‚ÄėHey man, I don‚Äôt think I‚Äôm gonna be able to do this for now. Can you cover?‚Äô it was a no-brainer for me to say ‚Äėyeah.‚Äô And I feel like for the most part there‚Äôs been a pretty good response from the fans. We seem to have a little bit of confusion for the first song of the night, but once we explain what‚Äôs going on the kids definitely get right back into it. I feel like it‚Äôs going pretty well.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ I Prevail is in its early days of working on a follow-up to the ‚ÄúLifelines‚ÄĚ album. ‚ÄúRight now we‚Äôre just wrapping up the tour,‚ÄĚ Bowman says, ‚Äúso a lot of us want to go home and spend the holidays with our families and collect our thoughts. We‚Äôve been touring 10 months this year so we definitely have a lot to say. We‚Äôre going to really start ramping up to start writing and get in the studio in January. We definitely have ideas, but at this point it‚Äôs all just scratch tracks and stuff. Nothing set in stone.‚ÄĚ
If You Go:
‚ÄĘ I Prevail, We Came As Romans, the World Alive and Escape The Fate,
‚ÄĘ Friday, Nov. 24. Doors open at 6 p.m.
‚ÄĘ Masonic Temple, 500 Temple, Detroit.
‚ÄĘ Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
‚ÄĘ Call 313-832-7100 or visit themasonic.com.
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