Brandon Saller, drummer and clean vocalist for reactivated Southern California metallers ATREYU, was interviewed by Australia’s Music Feeds during this year’s Soundwave festival. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether ATREYU is approaching its upcoming comeback album as if they were a brand new band:
“I feel like we have too much of a history to not embrace the fact that we have been around, which we’re very lucky for. But I feel like we’re coming back with just the… There’s no real agenda other than make music we love and have fun. We just don’t want it to be… Music had turned into such a business and such a daily grind… These shows we’ve played so far, since we’ve been back, feel like they did when we were 17 years old; it feels like that again, which is I believed how it should be. So we’re just kind of embracing that whole feeling, and, like I said before, just doing things that are fun. And so far it’s been great.”
On the progress of the recording sessions for ATREYU‘s upcoming album:
“We just finished tracking the record, for the most part, four days before we left for [the Soundwave festival]. So it’s essentially done. We still have to mix and do all that crap. But I think the new record should be out, like, September/October. So I’m sure throughout the summer there’ll be other tidbits and new singles and stuff like that. But, yeah, we’re stoked. It came out great. We’re very much just shooting from the hip with this record, and whatever came out first is what we did. [Vocalist] Alex [Varkatzas] is fucking as brutal as ever. And it’s fun. It’s a very fun, cool record.”
On frontman Alex Varkatzas‘s decision to do away with clean singing on ATREYU‘s upcoming album:
“Here’s the thing. When we started the band, we were a hardcore band, and we wanted to progress and do… We always wanted to do bigger, better, bigger, better, bigger, better… every
ATREYU‘s new CD will be released through the Search And Destroy imprint as part of the newly announced joint venture between Raw Power Management and Spinefarm.