The first album I ever bought was Scars Remain from a band called Disciple. They’re a little bit of an older band; they’re a hard rock band but they threw in southern elements and some metal influence into their music. They had that nu metal vibe, too: really beefy guitars, really powerful riffs, and they were always really good at giving you a super powerful chorus with a catchy melody to go along with it. Disciple were actually the first ever concert I went to.
Disciple are actually a band I discovered through a couple of friends. This must have been in middle school for me, so I probably would have been like twelve or thirteen, something like that. It’s funny, but I was more into hip hop when I was young. Anyway, a couple of my buddies introduced me to rock music and Disciple were one of the first bands they showed me. I got to hear a couple of songs off the good ol’ iPod, back in the day! I liked it and they said, “Oh, you like it? These guys are playing a show tonight, so you’ve gotta stop by.” But yeah, I was super young and it was kinda funny how it happened, but I’m glad that Scars Remain was my first ever album.
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Not only did the music really resonate with me and, y’know, I really hit it off with Disciple on that level, but what I really appreciate about them is that they’re such genuine guys. When I went to the live show, they put their all into their stage presence and performance; watching those guys go up there and give it everything really made me respect them even more. So their CD just hadto be my first one, I had to buy it.
I still go back and listen to Scars Remain today. There’s elements in their music that I try to draw influence from and whatnot, and I think going back and retaining a wide and varied music taste can really help when it comes to the writing side of things.
I Prevail’s new album Lifelines is out now. Brian was speaking to Alec Chillingworth.