Brandon Saller (drums, lead vocals) of Orange County, California's ATREYU played his first-ever solo show on January 14 at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. His backing band for the performance consisted of GOOD CHARLOTTE guitarist Billy Martin, AQUABATS guitarist Ian Fowler (ex-DEATH BY STEREO, ex-FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER) and DEAD COUNTRY drummer Jarrod Alexander (ex-DEATH BY STEREO, ex-A STATIC LULLABY).
"It's this dream team of musicians that I've rallied up," Saller told AOL's Noisecreep. "I've looked up to Jarrod almost my whole life, and Billy's my good friend, and he's just great. Ian is just an incredible player as well who I've also looked up to most of my life."
Saller's solo material is described by the musician as "a slightly darker, classic Americana style of rock" with some "FOO FIGHTERS moments" thrown in. He has already recorded "about an EP's worth of songs" in the studio and has plans to lay down more material as soon as his schedule permits. "I'll probably record the rest of the album and put it out some time shortly after this ATREYU cycle is done with and see where it goes," he told Noisecreep. "ATREYU will always be my main priority, but I really enjoy making songs by myself."
Fan-filmed video footage of the Chain Reaction concert can be viewed below.
Three solo tracks from Brandon Saller — "Little One", "Lonely In Love" and "Find The Time To Breathe" — are available for streaming on his MySpace page.
"Congregation Of The Damned", the latest album from ATREYU, sold 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD, produced by Bob Marlette (OZZY OSBOURNE), mixed by Rich Costey (THE MARS VOLTA, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) with select tracks mixed by Noah Shain (ENDLESS HALLWAY, SONNY), is the follow-up to 2007's "Lead Sails Paper Anchor", which was fueled by the Top 5 Active Rock hit "Becoming The Bull" and the #2-charting Alternative Rock hit "Falling Down".