I Prevail Opens Up About Working On Their New Album True Power

Detroit heavy rock troupe I Prevail re-emerges on Friday, Aug. 19, with its third album, True Power. The quintet recorded the 15-song set during the past couple of years with producer Tyler Smith, recording at Smith’s studio in Los Angeles and guitarist Steve Menolan‘s home studio in the Detroit suburbs. True Power is the follow-up to 2019’s Trauma, which launched the singles “Hurricane,” “Breaking Down” and “Every Time You Leave” and scored Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Metal Performance. Brian Burkheiser, I Prevail’s “clean” vocalist, tells us that the success gave the band more confidence heading into the True Power sessions: “We’ve grown and kind of gone from this band that just had a Taylor Swift cover and a little EP to now we’re Grammy nominated and selling out crazy tours and playing all over the world… I feel like it’s something all of us have really gained so much confidence and… It really did feel like, ‘Hey, we kind of already have supplanted ourselves. . . “ (20 OC: . . .supplanted ourselves)

He continued, “We got the Grammy nomination, which brought a lot of confidence. We’ve had tours now where we’re selling out stuff in Europe, we’re selling out stuff in Australia, we’re selling out stuff, obviously, in the States.”

Burkheiser said I Prevail was touring in Europe during March of 2020 when things began to lock down because of the Covid-19 pandemic. A tour with Papa Roach and Five Finger Death Punch was canceled, and I Prevail had a tough decision to make about what to do next: “Essentially it just kind of put us into a mode where we had to make some decision, like, ‘Hey, do we cross our fingers and hope we can still tour on the Trauma cycle or do we kind of just say, ‘Hey, this is probably gonna be a couple of years of going through this pandemic, and do we just get in the studio and start going crazy?’ So we basically made the call to go into the studio and just see what would happen.”

True Power was preceded by the singles “Body Bag” and “Bad Things,” the latter of which reached No. 15 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

I Prevail begins its North American tour on Sept. 9 in Asbury Park.N.J., wrapping up in Detroit just before Thanksgiving. Pierce the Veil and Fit For a King will be on the bill for both legs, while Yours Truly will open through Oct. 9 and Stand Atlantic stands in starting Oct. 22. Burkheiser says that: “I’m just really excited to play these new songs and be able to play some olds songs from Trauma and Lifelines, too, that fans are excited to hear…”I can’t imagine how crazy all these spots will be, and especially with this new record leaning into kind of the heavier side, I’ve got to imagine right when we come out the gate with the first song I’m gonna look out and all these crowds will be going crazy, which I know is gonna bring so much energy and so much life to me.”

The track listing for I Prevail’s True Power includes:

“There’s Fear In Letting Go”
“Body Bag”
“Bad Things”
“Judgement Day”
“Deep End”
“Long Live The King”
The Negative”

I Prevail’s upcoming tour itinerary includes:


9/9 — Asbury Park, NJ — Stone Pony Summer Stage
9/10 — Danville, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Fest*#
9/11 — Pittsburgh, PA — UPMC Events Center
9/13 — Indianapolis, IN — Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
9/14 — Oshkosh, WI — Oshkosh Arena#
9/16 — St. Paul, MN — Myth Live
9/17 — Ralston, NE — Liberty First Credit Union Arena#
9/18 — Wichita, KS — Wave#
9/20 — Oklahoma City, OK — The Criterion
9/21 — San Antonio, TX — Tech Port Center#
9/23 — Lubbock, TX — Lonestar Amphitheater#
9/24 — Dallas, TX — South Side Ballroom
9/25 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall#
9/27 — St. Petersburg, FL — Jannus Live
9/28 — Atlanta, GA — Tabernacle
9/29 — Lake Buena Vista, FL — House of Blues
10/1 — Silvers Spring, MD — The Fillmore Silver Spring
10/2 — New York, NY — The Rooftop at Pier 17
10/4 — Montreal, QC — L’Olympia#
10/5 — Toronto, ON — Rebel
10/7 — Ft. Wayne, IN — The Clyde Theatre
10/8 — Grand Rapids, MI — GLC Live at 20 Monroe
10/9 — Chicago, IL — Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom

*I Prevail & Pierce The Veil Only // Festival Date

#Non-Live Nation Date

LEG 2:


10/22 — Las Vegas, NV — When We Were Young Fest*
10/23 — Las Vegas, NV — When We Were Young Fest*
10/24 — Los Angeles, CA — The Wiltern
10/26 — San Jose, CA — San Jose Civic
10/28 — Phoenix, AZ — The Van Buren
10/29 — Las Vegas, NV — When We Were Young Fest*
10/31 — Reno, NV — Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
11/1 — Boise, ID — Revolution Concert House and Event Center
11/2 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
11/4 — Denver, CO — Fillmore Auditorium
11/6 — Kansas City, MO — Uptown Theater
11/8 — Milwaukee, WI — The Rave#
11/9 — St. Louis, MO — The Factory
11/11 — Cleveland, OH — Agora Theatre
11/12 — Cincinnati, OH — The Andrew J Brady Music Center
11/13 — Nashville, TN — Marathon Music Works
11/15 — Myrtle Beach, SC — House of Blues
11/18 — Philadelphia, PA — The Fillmore Philadelphia
11/19 — Cambridge, MA — MGM Music Hall at Fenway
11/20 — Buffalo, NY — Buffalo Riverworks#
11/22 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore

*I Prevail & Pierce The Veil Only // Festival Date