I would like to introduce to you, Prosevere. With Gary Segars (vocals/guitar), Eric Ashe (guitar/vocals), Rocky Griggs (drums), and Matt Riley (bass), the band has been together since late 2006. Since then, they have toured with bands such as Papa Roach, Godsmack, Sevendust, and Adelitas Way. I recently spoke with Gary, and here is what he had to say about Prosevere's music.
Front Paige Metal News: How would you best describe your music?
Gary Segars: Our music is straight up, edgy rock n' roll. We sing about different topics than I feel a lot of today's radio bands touch on: fighting against the odds, putting yourself first, appreciating life, and all we've been through to this point. It's a different flavor- a more upbeat, raw, classic rock feel. Somewhere between Sevendust and Foo Fighters.
FPMN: What has it been like to have the support of bands like Korn, Godsmack, and Papa Roach? How have their audiences been reacting to your music?
Gary: It's an amazing opportunity to be able to play with such bigger bands. Their experience is definitely knowledge that we've put forth in trying to build this ourselves. They've helped us with our stage show, things to do on the road. All sorts of things. Their crowds have always really been into what we're doing. We're different than what they do and how they sound, and our stage shows are really different. I think it keeps us in peoples' heads. Helps them remember what we do.
FPMN: What are your thoughts on rock n' roll's place in the music industry today? What mark do you hope to leave on the music world?
Gary: Any industry guy out there will tell you that rock n' roll is dead, and I suppose the sales and radio numbers will back that up. But we refuse to believe that because the concert numbers are still good. The problem has been that there are too many of the same damn bands out there. It's difficult to tell the difference between a lot of these radio rock groups, and it's watered down the listening radio audience. There are still a ton of rock music fans, and they're still out there waiting to hear what's going to bring them back. Foo Fighters have started the revolution of bringing back real rock n' roll. We hope to be the next band to start it up. We want our music to be timeless.
FPMN: What would you like my readers to know about Prosevere?
Gary: One thing we're really proud of is the fact that we've still got the same band members that we've had since the very beginning. Same four dudes continuing to grow together towards something that we feel is much bigger than ourselves. This band never wants to be a novelty group. The goal is to write timeless music that people will want to listen to in 20, 30, 40 years.
FPMN: What is coming up next for the band?
Gary: We're going to be touring, at least regionally, all summer long. We'll have a few showcases for a few select labels. You never know what the future holds, but we're going to keep on keepin' on like we've always done. Rock n' roll is all we know, and we'll keep doing it as long as it makes us feel like it does.
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