When you’re faced with overwhelming odds, you have two choices: you can fight, or you can
flee. With their Death Stare EP, The Protest is choosing to fight, to stare fear down and refuse to
move. Death Stare is available through all major digital retailers on August 27, 2021, the latest release from The Protest in partnership with Rockfest Records. The project was preceded by the
raucous, rock-show-ready anthem “Show Up to the Showdown,” which captures the fighting
spirit that you’ll find throughout the EP. “Life can be terrifying, especially lately,” the band admits.
“When we realize we have been given the strength inside to face obstacles, it's so empowering.
Our courage can inspire others and be a light.”
You’ll find that purpose-oriented perspective saturating “Greater,” originally released last
summer. You’ll also hear it in “Voices,” a frantic fight song that admits to personal pain while
vowing to overcome: “I’ve had enough, I’ll draw the line, this is where it ends / I’ll break the cycle
and find the strength to be whole again.” The aggressive determination to tackle both internal and external opposition elevates the track “Paper Tigers” to a fever pitch, an extravagantly riff-laden clap back at our demons. “The Mountain” acknowledges the challenge of staying the course through the inevitable weariness that weighs us down after years of being in the fight, while “Hell to Hold” rounds it out by telling the simple truth: it’s all worth it.
The Death Stare EP was created in collaboration between band members Joshua Bramlett
(vocals), Jarob Bramlett (drums), Adam Sadler (guitar) and TJ Colwell (guitar) in partnership
with producer Mitchell Ray Marlow (Papa Roach, Starset, In This Moment). It follows their
critically lauded 2018 Rockfest Records debut album, Legacy.