Hard rock should exist outside of the system. It should break the mold. It should burn through
Through Fire most certainly does.
The Omaha, NE quartet—Justin McCain [lead guitar, songwriter], Grant Joshua Kendrick [lead
vocals], Kyle LeBlanc [bass], and Grant Brooks [drums]—fuses hard-hitting riffs, electronic
provocations, and contagious melodies. As a result, this impactful, immediate, and infectious
fusion defies categorization and incites energy as boundless as the style itself. Additionally, the
approach transformed the quartet into a phenomenon with chart-topping radio successes and
over 20 million Spotify streams and 48 million YouTube views in under two years.
Now, the same fire fuels the band’s 2019 second full-length for Sumerian Records.
“There are no limitations to what we do”, says Justin. “From a songwriting standpoint, I wrote
this album with no boundaries. I wanted great, timeless songs. I wasn't going to settle for
They set the stage to take such action on their 2016 full-length debut, Breathe. Not only did the
breakout single “Stronger” clock millions of streams and spend 26 weeks on Billboard’s Rock
Charts, it also spent five weeks at #1 on Octone’s popular Big Uns Countdown. Proclaimed
“Breakout Artist of the Year,” Sirius Octane named “Stronger” among the Top 3 songs of the
year, placing them in a league of their own next to none other than Metallica and Highly
Suspect. On iTunes, Stronger quickly went to #1 and outsold the bulk of bands in the Hard Rock
and Heavy Metal genres. The single soundtracked various mixed martial arts matches for NBC
Sports and the Stanley Cup Finals. It also served as the theme for WWE’s Backlash.
Their second single “Breathe” repeated this success, landing the band their first top 10 single at
rock radio and then reaching #1 on Billboards Mainstream Rock Indicator Recurrent Chart.
Reclaiming the top spot, “Breathe” also ascended straight to #1 on Big Uns Countdown. As the
band crisscrossed the country on tours with Seether, Fozzy, Nonpoint, Sick Puppies, Black Stone
Cherry and performed at festivals such as Chicago Open Air, Louder Than Life, Sonic Boom, and
Rock Fest, among many others, they amassed a fervent fan base which helped them continue
to sell an impressive amount of singles.
During 2018, Justin started architecting Through Fire’s next chapter. As the producer,
Justin—along with his engineer Alex Gozza—spent every day and night in Omaha’s Make
Believe Studios. In this place, they built the sonic framework for what would become the band's highly anticipated sophomore album.
They introduce this era with the primal and powerful “All Animal.” Baring its claws and teeth,
the tune tempers gnashing riffs with ominous electronics as Grant’s howl hits hard.
“I was just describing what it felt like to snap,” Justin explains. “When Someone keeps pushing
you to the limit, that’s when you become all animal. The human side shuts off. Everyone has a
“All Animal” is just one of many big anthemic songs on this album. Their story as trailblazers
ultimately continues as they maintain a place at the forefront and carve their name in the
hearts and minds of fans all around the world.
“We put everything into this album, and we can't wait for the world to hear it,” he leaves off. I pushed myself like never before as a songwriter and producer. Grant's vocals are better than
ever. He's a captivating, dominant force on stage. Our drummer Brooks is like a combination of
Tommy Lee and Morgan Rose—the kid is electrifying. Our bass player Kyle is one of the best all-
around musicians I know. I feel so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by such talented
people. Big thanks to my engineer Alex Gozza, our mix and mastering wizard Kyle Odell, the
amazing staff at Make Believe Studios, our brilliant team at Sumerian Records, FM Music
Management, AGI, all of our friends in radio, press, every promoter, venue and of course all our
fans who make this possible!”