ATREYU guitarist Travis Miguel spoke to the "Mike James Rock Show" at last month's Slam Dunk festival about the band's plans to begin work on the follow-up to 2018's "In Our Wake" album.
"As of right now, we're concentrating mostly on touring as much as we can," he said (see video below). "We have this European run… and then we go home for about a week and a half, and we have the 'Disrupt' tour in the States. And that'll bring us just before the fall, so we'll have a little bit of time off. We're planning on doing a headlining run, probably in North America, sometime in the fall. And then after that, possibly Australia. There's talks of maybe going to South Africa, which would be awesome; we've never been there. So maybe after the New Year, we'll probably start thinking about writing for a new album… By that time, we'll be pretty fried from touring, and it'll be a good time to start."
Travis also talked about ATREYU's musical diversity, saying: "We're not a one-trick pony. We can do other things, and we're going to do other things. 'Cause if we were just repeating ourselves over and over again, it would get extremely boring for us as the band and probably for the listeners too. It would be like, Okay. Great. Here's another ATREYU album. I know exactly what it's gonna be.' And some bands can pull that off. But we wanna explore different things.
"It's always good to not forget your past or deny your past, or whatever, but it's also just as important, if not more important, to keep looking forward," he added. "And that's pretty much our plan."
ATREYU singer Alex Varkatzas is skipping the band's European tour, which kicked off at the Slam Dunk festival in the United Kingdom. The vocalist explained in a statement that he "aggravated a damaged disc" in his back prior to the band's "Spring Invasion" tour with MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and said that a "surprise" diagnosis of inguinal hernia added to his woes.
Drummer Brandon Saller — who shares lead vocals with Varkatzas in ATREYU — and bassist Marc McKnight is taking care of the singing on the European tour, with Varkatzas tentatively due to return to the group in time for this summer's Rockstar Disrupt trek.