On October 21, 2016, post hardcore band, I Prevail released their debut album, Lifelines. Upon this release, they did pretty well on charts all over the world. They reached number 5 on the US Top Rock albums, 15 on the Billboard 200, number 8 in Australia, number 10 in New Zealand, 17 in Canada, and then number 60 in Scottland and 72 in the UK!
Over all, they did pretty well, and a lot of that has to do with the lead single, "Scars." Which is a very powerful way to not only introduce themselves to many, but kick off their debut album. Its about trying to not let life beat you down, and trying to stay who you are. Our scars might remind that the past is real, but they don't have to be the death of us. (Kudos to those who get the references used in that sentence!)
"You can cut us up but we will survive. You've had your chance now its our turn to stand up and rise." Deep down, you know who you are and others don't have the right to take that from you. They can take their toll on you, but they have no right to change who you are.
They started off very strong with that song alone, and from start to finish they did not disappoint. So much so that it was a little difficult to pick favorites. They all had great qualities to them, and I noticed very quickly that they have a wide variety to their music. On some tracks they reminded me a bit of A Day To Remember, there was a hint of Five Finger Death Punch at once point, even Good Charlotte!
If pressed to pick favorites though, after quite a bit of consideration, I finally narrowed it down to two. "Stuck In Your Head" and "Rise." There's two vastly different reasons for those, but they can be explained fairly simply. 1) I am a sucker for any song that actually talks about music. 2) I am also a sucker for inspirational songs. These two songs have those qualities.
"Stuck In Your Head" sounds like a harder pop punk song, and is about a relationship ending. "This'll be the last time that I spin our life. Never gonna play again. You're not the one I want in my bed. I'm not the song you want in your head." You're done, but you're not going to let them forget about you. Just the way he says he's done makes me happy, because it takes the relationship and makes it sound like its a record. I just really appreciated that.
As for, "Rise", its easily one of the most inspirational songs I've ever heard. As someone who often struggles to believe that things are really worth all the effort, this song really spoke to me. It probably would speak to many others too, because it flat out reminds you to keep going. Songs like that are very important, if you ask me. "You gotta fight through the pain, to get to the top. You gotta push through it all, if its what you want. Screaming this is a call to the dreamers. Dig a little deeper, make 'em believers."
Honestly, the entire album is awesome, and regardless of what genre you're into, I recommend listening to it. If the instrumentals aren't your thing, I'm sure the lyrics will be. I Prevail is still growing, but they're definitely something incredible. Be sure to give them a chance, and then head on over to their official website. Over there you can check out all the news they have going on, look at their merch, and look at their tour dates. I Prevail will be performing at several festivals, such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville and Carolina Rebellion! Head on over to the festival websites for more information!
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.