What’s worth years of personal sacrifice, hundreds of thousands of miles on the road, and pouring out your rawest and most vulnerable thoughts? For The Protest, the answer is clear: bringing light to the dark is a mission greater than any sacrifice required along the way.
In the time since The Protest released their Rockfest Records debut project Legacy in 2018, Josh Bramlett (vocals), Jarob Bramlett (drums), Adam Sadler (guitar) and TJ Colwell (guitar) have seen radio success with single “What Else You Got” and played stages across the U.S. and Europe. The unexpected challenges of touring in 2020 ultimately provided an opportunity for each of them to really reflect on the band’s mission.
“Why do we pursue something so recklessly with no guarantee of a ‘stable’ life? That question has been asked many times, but the older I get, the more weighty it becomes,” lead singer Josh Bramlett shares. “All of us in the band battle fear, doubt, and worry over what we have set out to do. It’s in those moments that we realize what we do isn’t about the money or the recognition. Our goal is to reach people in this hurting world, to bring light to a sometimes gloomy rock scene.”
The latest way The Protest is shedding that light is through new single “Greater,” a song that hones in on their core purpose and revitalizes listeners in the process. “Greater” was cowritten with Cody Quistad of Wage War and mixed by Kellen McGregor of Memphis May Fire, a creative team that brought cutting edge rock and roll experience to the song. The result is a track that’s both powerful and personal. “‘Greater’ is an anthem from our hearts, and with it comes a revamped laser focus from The Protest,” Josh says.
That focus ultimately is a reaffirmation of what has set The Protest apart all along. “Our mission hasn’t changed but has only intensified. We don’t have all the answers, and we can’t fix everything. We are just men who struggle and screw up like everyone else. But we hope that when listeners hear our music, it affects them in a way that strengthens them, it helps them see that they are loved and they matter.”