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Interview:
I Prevail at the Fillmore, 5 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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A bit of "Trauma" accounted for the nearly three-year gap between the new album from Southfield-formed rockers I Prevail and their 2016 debut "Lifelines."



Vocalist Brian Burkheiser in particular was burned by both physical (throat surgery) and emotional health issues that forced him to step off the road for a stretch of time. The good news is that those traumas are in the rearview mirror and "Trauma" came out during March to a Top 20 debut in the U.S. (Top 10 in Australia), with a reenergized Burkheiser writing unapologetically about his experiences. Guitarist Steve Menoian, who returned to I Prevail in 2017 after a two-year break, and drummer Gabe Helguera, who joined that same year, also give "Trauma" a shot of fresh, and refreshed, energy.



With new music I Prevail -- which took off when its hard-rocking 2014 cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Spaces" went viral -- is back on the road, demonstrating that what didn't kill indeed made the band stronger...



Burkheiser, 26, says by phone that the tumultuous times I Prevail experiences were all channeled into the "Trauma" album which was produced by Tyler Smith of Ohio's Dangerkids. "We just put everything we had, everything we felt and went through, into these songs. Everything we went through led us to saying that if we're going to continue with this path, continue with this band, we really, really need to open up a lot more and just lay it out there. I think all the experiences that have gone on the last five years kind of dictated how the record turned out."



Menoian, 31, adds that I Prevail determinedly spent most of 2018 in the studio working on new music rather than grinding on the road. "We wanted to make sure we had the time to make the record we wanted to make, especially with, lyrically, how vulnerable this record is. It took time for us to open up and get it the way we wanted."



Burkheiser says that I Prevail's quick success for his struggles during the interim. "I'm definitely more of an introverted guy. I never knew quite how tough it was going to be when we had this idea, 'Hey, let's form this band and see how far it can go!' It got tough to leave the family, the friends, girlfriends, fiances. That started to get in my headspace and some of the other guys' headspaces. We didn't really have time to breathe, and that's where my mental issues started to affect me. I got very homesick. I stayed away from everybody, pretty much in my bunk on the bus every day except when we were onstage playing. There were a lot of things going on in my head, and then when the (vocal) issues came up I just had to step back for a minute."



Burkheiser hopes that "Trauma" can also become part of the continuing, and growing dialogue about mental health that's come in the wake of suicides by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. "Hopefully this record and these songs can help prevent certain things from happening in the future. We've all gone through moments where things have gotten pretty blurry. You hope certain people can put on a certain track in a time of need and feel like, 'Wow, someone else is dealing with this, just like me,' and can realize, 'Hey, these are just raw, powerful dudes' who go through the same stuff even if we're in a rock band, y'know?"





Leading into the Trauma campaign, I Prevail has also taken steps to protect and insulate itself from repeating any traps it fell into before -- including a recent change in management. "One of the biggest things has been getting rid of people who have caused us negativity and drama," Burkheiser says. "We're just not going to deal with people who bring us into a negative space and cause us pain or stress. It's time for us to be exactly the band we want to be -- that WE want to be, not what anybody else thinks we should be. That's kind of our mantra now, and we're going to stick to it."



I Prevail, Issues and Justin stone perform on Friday night, May 24, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $28.50-$58.50. 313-961-5451 or thefilllmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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