Heartland hard rock quartet, The Protest, is gearing up to release its new album, The Legacy this summer. The band from rural Indiana, which has birthed such musical icons as Michael Jackson, John Hiatt, and members of Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, and Motley Crue. The album’s title suggests the group understands the standard set by its iconic predecessors. The Legacy resonates with the unbridled positive energy and uplifting spirit of The Protest’s dynamic live performances.
Brothers Josh (vocals) and Jarob Bramlett (drums) teamed up in high school with guitarists TJ Colwell and Adam Sadler. The Protest began in 2009 with a goal of returning redemption and hope to rock and roll. Fans of such classic rock bands as Kiss and Def Leppard, the foursome released its debut album, Game Changer in 2012, followed by its sophomore effort, Great Lengths in 2014. The success of these albums has allowed the band to tour all over the United States, Canada, and Germany as direct support for such notable acts as Tesla, 12 Stones, Demon Hunter, Ashes Remain, and Righteous Vendetta.
The Legacy will be released on July 13 through Rockfest Records/Sony. This week The Protest has teamed up with AXS to premiere the video for the album’s first single, “What Else You Got.”
Vocalist Josh Bramlett spoke with AXS about the single, which serves as an emotive and anthemic fist-pumper about determination and perseverance. “We hope that this song inspires the listeners to keep their heads up," shares the charismatic frontman. "In an age where the world tries to tear us all down, we extend this song as a rallying cry: An anthem to stand strong in the face of adversity. Trials and tribulations are inevitable - how we handle them is our choice. We can let them overpower us or we can use the fire inside to conquer them. We co-wrote this song with Josiah Prince (Disciple) and Jeremiah Jones"
Josh also spoke about creating the video for the new song. "The video was filmed by the wizard, Mr. Adam Shewmaker. The actual filming was full of adversity – it was shot in late February and it was COLD. The temperature was in the 20s (you can actually see our breath in the video!). We were leaving for tour in just a couple days. So re-shoots anytime soon would not have been an option, so we needed to get it right in the limited time we had at the location."
The singer continues: "We transformed this garage that housed semis into a video space. It was a very humble setting, but we are very happy with the finished product. All in all Adam, some of our close friends and family who were volunteering, and the band spent 10 hours straight filming 'What Else You Got'. We are very thankful for the amazing people involved. We hope everyone likes it and takes the words to heart!”