Last Wednesday, Pierce the Veil rolled into town and set up camp in Clive, Iowa. Along with them came Neck Deep and I Prevail. For some fans, the presence of Neck Deep was worth the price of the tickets. However, I Prevail’s fan base also made its presence felt. Never heard of them? Well, here you go.
I Prevail is a new band to the hard rock scene—like, 2013 new. The six-man group is based out of Detroit and incorporate a mix of clean and rough vocals and include influences from Slipknot and A Day To Remember.
These guys hit the music scene with a Punk Goes Pop release of “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift. That video on YouTube received over 26 million views.
Upon hearing their “Blank Space” cover, sophomore Allison Canaday was surprised by their level of musical talent.“The transitions between different musical styles are phenomenal and their use of unclean vocals is really well done,” Canaday said. “I appreciate what they’re doing and think they’re doing really well…”
“The transitions between different musical styles are phenomenal, and their use of unclean vocals is really well done,” Canaday said. “I appreciate what they’re doing and think they’re doing really well.”
Now they’re on tour with one of the most well-known bands in the genre, Pierce The Veil. I Prevail’s unclean vocalist Eric Vanlerberghe noted that Pierce The Veil even invited him onstage during their set for help on a little song called “Caraphernelia,” one of the band’s most infamous tracks.
I Prevail’s origin story is a millennial’s dream: the internet and mutual friends bringing talented people together.
“They found me through a friend’s band, we found Lee (the drummer) doing drum covers on YouTube,” Vanlerberghe said. “When we wrote the EP we were pretty new to each other, we weren’t even a band really. And now, when we wrote the full length, we’ve spent about two years together.”
Vanlerberghe talked about how they’ve grown as a band and how the different lifestyles came together to form an EP and an LP.
“We are more open with our opinions about our songs with each other, and we don’t get any hurt feelings back. Now there’s complete honesty and you can hear that in our album.”
Though the question is, why did they choose music?
“Growing up when kids are looking for something to emotionally latch on to, in like a difficult point in your life, for me, music really helped me through some of the darker and tougher moments in my life,” Vanlerberghe said. “So when I finally got the opportunity to play music, I wanted to do the same. I got something out of music and I wanted to put something back in.”
At many of their shows, you can catch I Prevail members at their own merchandise tables interacting with as many fans as possible.
“Not saying that other bands don’t do this, but we put a big emphasis on making sure we still have a personality so when you’re watching our show, it’s not like you’re watching some band that you’ve heard on the radio a few times,” Vanlerberghe said. “We try to make it so it feels like you’ve known us before.”