I Prevail Threw a Tour Bus Party After Grammy Nominations

Dana Tarr
I Prevail

Trauma has turned into Grammy Award-nominated exuberance for the Detroit rock crew I Prevail.

The quintet received two nods on Wednesday (Nov. 20) -- best rock album for its sophomore effort Trauma and best metal performance for the track "Bow Down" -- which led to an impromptu morning party on I Prevail's tour bus.

"I was sick and went to bed and woke up this morning and everyone's being loud on the bus," vocalist and co-founder Eric Vanlerberghe tells Billboard. "I opened my curtain and was like, 'What the hell? What's going on?' 'We were nominated for two Grammys!' 'Bullshit!' So I got up and started jumping around. We're all excited, all stoked. It's a pretty good, crazy feeling."

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."

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