I Prevail has quietly been chugging out rock radio hit after hit. With a palatably aggressive sound that carries honest topics on a current of melodic choruses and underlying hip hop beats, the Michigan rockers are gearing up for their follow-up to 2016 album Lifelines.
“Sometimes I just wanna die / Wish I could tell you why / Is it all inside my head?” unclean vocalist Eric Vanlerberghe screams on their new song “Paranoid.” The track is an honest look into Brian Burkheiser’s mental health while recovering from a vocal surgery that’s largely to blame for their three-year gap in releasing music.
“After my vocal injury, I almost gave up and left my band. I was in the worst mental state of my life and felt like everything we worked for was over,” Brian writes in a vulnerable Instagram caption. “I told myself that if we were going to get back and write another record it needed to be done OUR WAY. No label telling us who to work with, or what our music should sound like. No negativity coming in from outside sources. No cookie cutter BS.”
After receiving criticism for sounding generic despite having clear talent and potential, Brian is highlighting his pride in the authenticity of their upcoming album TRAUMA. He concludes the album was created from totally real experiences, resulting in “100% authenticity” that has him stoked about their March 29 release.
“Paranoid” follows previously released TRAUMA singles “Breaking Down” and “Bow Down.” Click here to pre-order the album that drops March 29.
Mental health, addiction, and relapses are very real. If you or anyone you know is struggling, know that someone is always there. Additionally, give a call to 1-800-662-HELP (4357), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's national helpline, at any time, any day of the year, and free of charge.
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