I Prevail – Band Feature

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I Prevail is an American metalcore band formed in Southfield, Michigan and established in 2013.

The band currently consists of Brian Burkheiser – clean vocals , Eric Vanlerberghe – unclean vocals, Steve Menoian – lead guitar, Lee Runestad – drums, Dylan Bowman – rhythm guitar, backing vocals and Tony Camposeo on bass guitar.

The band was formed on the 1st of December 2014 and shortly thereafter they started working on their EP. On the 10th of December I Prevail released the first two singles from the EP, “Love, Lust, and Liars” and “The Enemy”. The band became popular after posting a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” on YouTube on the 17th December 2014. To date the video has received over 30 million views.

The band released their debut EP, Heart Vs. Mind on the 26th of January 2015. The EP moved over 60,000 copies as I Prevail toured with the likes of Hollywood Undead and Crown The Empire in 2015 on Day of the Dead tour and they opened for Pop Evil in December. On the 12th of March 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. The band embarked on a few tours namely the Heart Vs. Mind tour, Massive Addictive tour and The Crossroads tour.

On the 17th of May 2016 the band announced that they would be embarking on a headlining tour with support acts being The White Noise, My Enemies and I and Bad Seed Rising.

In early 2016, the boys retreated to Wall of Sound Studios in the small and secluded town of Riley, Michigan to work with trusted producers B.J. Perry and John Pregler. The band worked a year on their EP before they released anything publicly. This allowed the band to learn one another’s musical style. This process prepared the band for the writing and recording for their debut album, they were able to merge their vision in order to create the sound they wanted on the album.

On the 20th of June it was revealed that the name of the band’s debut album would be Lifelines and it would be made available on the 20th of October 2016. The first single titled “Scars” was released on the 1st of July 2016 and you can view the music video below.

I Prevail supported Pierce The Veil and Neck Deep on the Journey’s Made to Destroy tour throughout the fall of 2016. The second single from the band’s debut album “Stuck In Your Head” received a lot of attention from rock music fans and was listed on numerous blogs/websites as one of the best rock songs in 2016 including our list:


This is how I discovered the band and their music, now I’m addicted and the rest is history. 😉

The third single off the album “Come and Get It”, released on Short.Fast.Loud, an Australian-based punk and hardcore radio show on youth station Triple J. I Prevail was nominated for “Breakthrough Band” at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards and has since garnered features from Billboard, Detroit Free Press, AXS, Loudwire. 

I love how I Prevail always has just the right amount of clean vs unclean vocals. In general I’m not a metalcore fan, but I Prevail may have single-handedly converted me. The majority of their songs have catchy choruses laced with enough angst for any hard rock music fan. The band has created a beautiful balance with their layered vocals and a solid sonic backdrop.

I Prevail on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IPrevailBand

Rock Regards,





Frontman of the Week – Jacoby Shaddix

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Jacoby Dakota Shaddix was born on the 28th of July in 1976. He was born in Mariposa, California and his parents divorced when he was just six years old. Jacoby has two younger brothers named Trevor and Bryson.

He attended Vacaville High School where he played clarinet in the school orchestra. Papa Roach was founded in 1993 by Jacoby Shaddix upon meeting drummer Dave Buckner. Jacoby started out playing the drums, but quickly realised that Dave played the instrument much better than he did. Jacoby then decided to play bass, but his bass ended up being stolen. He then became the lead singer for the band. At 17 years of age Jacoby started to work as a dishwasher in order to pay the rent for an apartment he shared with a friend. Later on he became a janitor at a hospital up until 1999 when he started to pursue his true passion which was music and Papa Roach.

On the 19th of July 1997 Jacoby married his high-school sweetheart Kelly Shaddix, with whom he had two sons namely Makaile Cleio Shaddix, born March 24 2002 and Jagger Monroe Shaddix, born September 13 2004. Their relationship was apparently quite rocky and Jacoby has written a few songs about their dysfunctional relationship, namely She Loves Me Not, Time and Time Again, Decompression Period and Walking Dead. Jacoby and Kelly split during the making of their 2012 album The Connection. Jacoby regularly brings his two sons and Kelly on tour with him.

Jacoby has struggled with drug addiction in the past, but his most serious problem was with alcohol. Jacoby used alcohol in order to overcome the emotions that he experienced while missing his family when he was on tour. He would look at pictures of his children and he would medicate himself as a means of suppressing his feelings temporarily. Jacoby has written about his battle with alcohol in the songs “Binge”, “Black Clouds” and “Scars”. At one point Jacoby became a cutter and started experiencing suicidal thoughts, he became aware of the fact that he didn’t want to die and that was when he realised that he needed to get sober.

Jacoby founded the band along with drummer Dave Buckner, bassist Will James and trombonist Ben Luther in 1993/1994. Ben was replaced by Jerry Horton, Will by Toby Esperance and Dave by Tony Palermo leaving Jacoby as the only original member left in the band. The band’s name Papa Roach was derived from Jacoby’s step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch, whose nickname was Papa Roatch. Howard comitted suicide in 2006, because he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The band wrote the song “Roses on my Grave” in memory of him.

Jacoby had a side-project in 2002 with a band called Fight The Sky. Jay Ingram and Wade Khail had been long time fixtures on the Sacramento, California music scene. Khail was a guitar tech for hometown band Papa Roach since 1997 and Ingram was running Ascensive Marketing and Promotions which promoted many Sacramento bands, clubs and music publications. The band signed a record deal with Papa Roach’s self-owned label El Tonal Records.

Jacoby Shaddix hosted the MTV show Scarred, but was forced to stop due to the band’s hectic touring schedule. Scarred featured victims of skateboarding, biking and other extreme sports-related injuries. Jacoby introduced the victims before a clip/renactment of the incident was shown followed by commentry by the victim about the injuries he/she sustained. The show was named after the popular song from Papa Roach “Scars”.

Jacoby Shaddix has numerous tattoos one of the first ones he got when he was 21, with his wife’s name tattooed on his left arm. Born to Rock is tattooed across the top of his chest, he has Love tattooed on his left knuckles and Hate on his right knuckles. On the left side of his chest he has a Queen surrounded by water and on the right is a King surrounded by flames, which represents the good and evil within himself. On his right arm he has a scroll that reads ” Here Lies Jacoby Dakota Shaddix” and underneath it reads “Born with nothing, Die with everything”. His sons’ names are tattooed on his wrist. On his left arm he has a house in flames which references the band’s song “Broken Home” and a coffin which references their song “Harder Than A Coffin Nail”. On the back of his neck, Jacoby and his wife has the Chinese symbol for Love etched on their skin.

Papa Roach are currently back on the road after several stops and starts this year as Jacoby was determining whether vocal surgery would be neccessary. After his surgery he had some time off at home, he reports that his voice is doing great. He was very lucky to go to the right doctor and get the surgery performed by him. Jacoby admits that it was a scary experience, but he is doing well.

Still Swingin’ was named one of the Best 10 Rock Songs for 2012 by Loudwire. Papa Roach is currently sharing the stage with Stone Sour and the tour will move to North America in 2013.

Jacoby Shaddix has the ability to convey pure, raw emotion in his songs. You can hear the passion he has for his music through his lyrics and his voice. I remember when I was in my last year of Primary School that Last Resort was immensely popular among my peers. This is quite strange looking back, because Sum 41 and Blink 182 were really popular during those days where punk rock dominated the airwaves. As a listener (even at that age) you could tell Papa Roach’s sound was edgier and darker than the more popular songs on the radio.

I really love the majority of the songs they released as singles and I look forward to hearing more of their songs in the future.

Follow Jacoby Shaddix on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/JacobyShaddix

Follow Papa Roach on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/paparoach

Rock Regards,

Lauren K