Reactivated Southern California metallers ATREYU have set "Long Live" as the title of their comeback album, due in September through the Search And Destroy imprint as part of the newly announced joint venture between Raw Power Management and Spinefarm.
ATREYU drummer and clean vocalist Brandon Saller recently told Australia's Music Feeds about the band's upcoming CD: "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."
Regaridng frontman Alex Varkatzas's decision to do away with clean singing on ATREYU's forthcoming effort, Saller said: "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 [album we released] at the time. And when we did [2007's] 'Lead Sails Paper Anchor', it was, like, 'What's our next step?' We've gotten as big as a hardcore band can get, I think. What's the next step? So we were, like, 'Cool. Let's fucking do whatever the fuck we want. So we wrote a bunch of rock songs. A lot of heavy songs, a lot of rock songs… It was just an expansion of Alex wanting to do something different, and us wanting to do something different."
He continued: "We did 'Lead Sails', and it was a fucking really great record, and it sold a lot of records and it opened our band up to radio, opened our band up to tour with a lot of different bands we never would have before, and it was fun for us. But I think everyone loves their comfort zone and everyone just loves what they do, and it was kind of, like, 'It was rad to write this record and it was cool to tour it,' and whatever, but 'I just wanna get there and fucking be pissed and go fucking apeshit.' And we love that about him too. So I think going away for a while and not being in this band and coming back and being able to think about what you love most about the band… I mean, those were conversations that we had… Like, what do we love most? What's out strong suit? What do we feel most comfortable doing? 'Cause that's what we wanna do, 'cause that's the most fun. So I think, for him, he was, like, 'I just wanna fucking come out and rip people's heads off.' So it was, like, 'All right. Cool. You don't wanna sing? You don't sing. That's how we started. I'll sing. And you just fucking go nuts.' And everyone's stoked on it. And he's doing different shit. He's doing a lot of different stuff on the new record — different shit he's never done before. But it's brutal. It's fucking awesome."
ATREYU's "So Others May Live" video can be seen below. The song touches on an important topical issue —what veterans who serve our country feel and experience upon returning home from duty. The track's heartfelt subject is matched by its musical heft.
This live footage, which captures the band in its most natural state, was filmed at The Observatory in California in December 2014.
In addition to this adrenalized live video, which proves that ATREYU have not lost a step since returning to action and that they are as vital and vibrant as they ever were, the band participated in Record Store Day, which was Saturday, April 18. They released a seven-inch single featuring both "So Others May Live" and the brand new track "When the Day Is Done". These are the first new ATREYU songs to surface in years.