"I Prevail: The Trauma Tour" comes to Billings with Issues and Justin Stone on May 8 at the Pub Station Ballroom, 2502 First Ave. N. (NOTE: This is a change of venue from the Shrine, effective April 22). Tickets for the all-ages, general admission show are $33, plus applicable fees, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at 1111presents.com.
Michigan quartet I Prevail are touring on their latest release, "Trauma," with Brian Burkheiser and Eric Vanlerberghe on vocals, and guitarists Steve Menoian and Dylan Bowman. The group creates sounds that alternate between heavy metal, alternative, hip-hop, and electronic moods — often without warning.
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The band hit the metalcore scene in 2014, and are nearing half-a-billion streams and 115 million YouTube views, as well as selling 500,000 albums worldwide. I Prevail were named “Best New Artist” at the 2017 Radio Contraband Awards, took home “Hard Rock Song of the Year” at the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards, and have a gold single for their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space," off the Heart Vs. Mind EP.
Yet, their most recent release almost didn't happen. Vocalist Burkheiser "endured a private hell," persevered through a debilitating vocal injury, writes Rick Florino in the band's press release about the upcoming tour. "Despite emerging from this battle victoriously, the aftershocks of his trials reverberated in the form of intense anxiety and mental stress, effecting every facet of his life. In the midst of this personal war, he found himself plagued with thoughts of leaving I Prevail."