I Prevail is an American metalcore band formed in New Baltimore, Michigan in 2013. They released their debut EP Heart vs. Mind (2014) and rose to popularity from releasing a metalcover of Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” as a single, which eventually was certified platinum in the US. The band has since released two studio albums, Lifelines (2016) and Trauma (2019). The band found success with their original material as well, with the singles “Breaking Down” and “Hurricane” performing well on rock radio, the single “Bow Down” being nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2019, and Trauma being nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album the same year.
Formation, breakthrough, Heart vs. Mind EP (2014–2016)
I Prevail was formed in late 2013. Shortly after, the band began working on their first EP. On December 1, 2014, the band posted a cover of Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” to YouTube. It peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 23 on the US Mainstream Rock Songs chart. As of April 2021, the video has received over 66 million views. On December 10, 2014 the band released the first two singles from the EP, “Love, Lust, and Liars” and “The Enemy”. The band released their debut EP, Heart vs. Mind, on January 26, 2015. On March 12, 2015 rhythm guitarist Jordan Berger left the band due to other commitments. The band added touring members Tony Camposeo on bass and Dylan Bowman on rhythm guitar, who later on became full-time members. The band embarked on the Heart vs. Mind Tour and the Massive Addictive Tour. On June 24, 2015, they announced a summer tour called The Crossroads Tour. The band opened for Crown the Empire and Hollywood Undead in fall of 2015 on Day of the Dead Tour and played select shows, as well as opening for Pop Evil in December.
Lifelines and touring (2016–2019)
On May 17, 2016, the band announced their headlining Strike the Match Tour throughout the summer, with special guests The White Noise, My Enemies & I, and Bad Seed Rising. The band also released a 30-second instrumental sound clip via social media, from their upcoming album. On June 20, the band revealed the name of their debut album, Lifelines, and on July 21, announced it would be available from October 20. The first single from the album, “Scars”, was released on July 1. On July 19, I Prevail announced through social media that they would be supporting Pierce the Veil alongside Neck Deep on the Journey’s Made to Destroy tour throughout the fall of 2016. On August 14, the band released the second single from the album, “Stuck in Your Head”. On September 28, the band released their third single “Come and Get It” through Short.Fast.Loud, an Australian-based punk and hardcore radio show on youth station Triple J.
On March 22, 2017, I Prevail confirmed their participation in the 2017 Vans Warped Tour. In late March/early April 2017, the band had their first major overseas headline tour, which included sold-out shows across Australia. On May 30, 2017, I Prevail announced the departures of Lee Runestad and Tony Camposeo and that they would be replaced by Eli Clark as touring bassist and Gabe Helguera of Drum Beats Online as touring drummer. On August 8, 2017, I Prevail announced a fall-winter headline tour with The Word Alive, We Came as Romans, and Escape the Fate. Brian Burkheiser had been put on emergency vocal rest and temporary hiatus due to a serious vocal cord injury. Guitarist/vocalist Dylan Bowman temporarily filled in on clean vocals while Burkheiser rehabilitated.
On February 19, 2019, the band announced an upcoming album called Trauma and asked fans to share the announcement on social media 100,000 times before they released the first single. On February 26, the band released the lead single from the album, “Bow Down”. Later that same day the band released “Breaking Down”, a second track from the album. Along with the new single being released, Gabe Helguera was made a full time member of the band although Eli Clark was absent from both new music videos. According to Eli’s LinkedIn profile he left the band in January 2019.
While in Australia for the Download Festival in March 2019, the band performed four new songs live for the first time including “Bow Down”, “Breaking Down”, “Gasoline” and “DOA”. On March 18, 2019, the band released the third single off the new album, “Paranoid”. Trauma was released on March 29, 2019. The album was the fourth-best selling album of the week in the US upon release, while its first single, “Breaking Down“, hit the top 10 of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in May 2019. On August 6, 2019, A Day to Remember announced that I Prevail, Beartooth, & Can’t Swim would be supporting them on their “Degenerates” headlining tour. In November 2019, the band received two Grammy Nominations; the Best Rock Album for Trauma, and the Best Metal Performance for “Bow Down“.
- Brian Burkheiser – clean vocals (2013–present)
- Eric Vanlerberghe – screamed vocals (2013–present), clean vocals (2016–present)
- Steve Menoian – lead guitar (2013–present), bass guitar (2014–2015, 2017–present; studio recordings only)
- Dylan Bowman – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)
- Gabe Helguera – drums (2019–present, touring 2017–2019)
- Jordan Berger – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2013–2015)
- Tony Camposeo – bass guitar (2014–2016)
- Lee Runestad – drums (2013–2017)
Former touring musicians
- Eli Clark – bass, backing vocals (2016–2019)