Trauma, which debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 after its March 29 release, follows I Prevail's 2016 debut Lifelines, as well as the group's viral cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space." It found the group back in shape after some members went through personal, burnout-related issues, and dealt with some of those across its 13 tracks. That's only made the Grammy nods sweeter for Vanlerberghe and company.
"I feel like this Trauma record was something we needed, and I'm so glad with how it came out," he says. "With all the little speed bumps and hiccups and things that slowed us down along the way, to triumph over everything and put this record out meant so much to us. And to be well-received, it's great."
Vanlerberghe adds that he and his bandmates are well aware of the heady competition in their two categories -- including the likes of Tool, Killswitch Engage, Bring Me The Horizon, Cage The Elephant, Rival Sons and the Cranberries. But that's something that also makes the nominations more profound. "Yeah, it's crazy to see us in these ranks with bands like that," he acknowledges. "We're with good company."
I Prevail are "still wrapping our heads" around the good news but the group members hope to attend the Jan. 26 ceremony. That comes shortly before the group heads over to Europe for February and March dates, including "a bunch of cities we haven't been to yet, so we're really excited to get over there and start planting our flag in some new places."