Even though they hail from rural Indiana, known more for cornfields than as a “Hot Bed” for Hard Rock and Metal music – the members of The Protest have embraced that American heartland work ethic and used their talent, drive and determination to take their music to a global audience. Positive energy is abundant in the band’s live shows and is showcased in their new album “Legacy”, was released July 13th on Rockfest Records/Sony.
Their singles “What Else You Got” and “Noise Revolution” are both fist pumping anthems about never backing down and fighting on despite adversity – they are sure to be used as a rallying theme song for college and pro sports in the near future. The songs have been the fastest rising of their career peaking at #29 and #27 respectively on the Mainstream Rock Indicator chart and even higher on the Billboard Christian Rock Chart. The music videos for both songs were debuted on Axs and Loudwire.com respectively. Previous singles “Rebel Static”, “Vicious Cycle”, and “Welcome to the Freakshow” have laid the groundwork for the band’s current radio success.
Brothers Josh and Jarob Bramlett met guitarists Adam Sadler and TJ Colwell while they were in high school, in small communities about an hour outside of Indianapolis. Josh & Jarob caught the Rock N’ Roll fever after hearing KISS “Alive” when they were in middle school: it inspired Josh to begin learning how to play guitar and sing, and Jarob grabbed the sticks and kept time on the drums. After hearing “Detroit Rock City” Adam knew that he wanted to learn how to play guitar and followed that dream all the way to Los Angeles, where he studied at Musicians Institute. TJ was inspired by Def Leppard’s two-pronged guitar attack and taught himself how to play, starting at the age of 13. They came together as The Protest in 2009 and released their first album “Game Changer” in 2012, which they supported with their first national tour. The band released their 2nd album, “Great Lengths” in 2014 and has been staying busy by playing across the US.
The Protest are “Road Warriors” in every sense of the term by playing more than 150 dates a year. They’ve expanded their reach by branching out internationally and have toured in Europe and Canada. The Protest have been direct support for Tesla, Great White, 12 Stones, Demon Hunter, Ashes Remain, Fight the Fury, Righteous Vendetta, Disciple, Wolves at the Gate and many others. The band is currently writing for their new record, touring, and seeking to bring a little light to the gloomy world of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
The Protest wants to bring a little hope and redemption to Rock N’ Roll. Says front man Josh Bramlett: “Just because the music is heavy doesn’t mean it can’t uplift people and encourage them. We have a desire to serve others and reach people around the world. We want fans leaving our shows feeling different – and better – than when they came in”.