HELL OR HIGHWATER (formerly known as THE BLACK CLOUD COLLECTIVE), the new band led by ATREYU drummer/vocalist Brandon Saller, has inked a deal with Pavement Entertainment. The group's debut album, "Begin Again", which was originally released independently in August 2011, will be reissued with "bonus content" on January 22, 2013.
Pavement Entertainment CEO/President Mark Nawara states: "We are very excited to work with Brandon and HELL OR HIGHWATER. We are looking forward to pushing the single to radio and expanding on the fan base that the band has already built on their own."
Adds Saller: "We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Chicago-based record label Pavement Music for the release of our debut album, 'Begin Again'. 2013 promises to be a big year for HELL OR HIGHWATER. We're excited to be a part of the Pavement Music family."
For more than 15 years, Saller put his blood, sweat, and tears into the Southern California metalcore outfit ATREYU. The seasoned drummer/vocalist hammered out five studio LPs with four of his best friends, while traveling the globe and performing for legions of exuberant fans. Saller lived the dream of every musician: to bring the rock 'n' roll to the hungry, fervent masses. And with HELL OR HIGHWATER, Saller emerges from behind the drum kit, with the same unbridled passion, to ignite the next rock 'n' roll firestorm.
HELL OR HIGHWATER has been brewing for nearly three years, as Saller's songwriting drew inspiration from classic rock, doo-wop, punk and pop. Once armed with a solid collection of tunes, he unleashed his newfound vigor in a slew of gigs, and it felt totally natural. When ATREYU announced their hiatus in January 2011, Saller felt the timing was spot on to bring HELL OR HIGHWATER to the forefront.
"THE BLACK CLOUD COLLECTIVE was just a name. We felt that it didn't speak to, or represent the five of us. HELL OR HIGHWATER spoke to who we are as a band. HELL OR HIGHWATER is who we are," says Saller.
HELL OR HIGHWATER lineup came together through word of mouth and via good old-fashioned tryouts. Each member had crossed paths throughout their respective careers, but once guitarist Matt Pauling (THE CONFESSION), guitarist Neal Tiemann (MWK, DAVID COOK), bassist Joey Bradford (THIEVES AND LIARS), and drummer Captain Carl synced up with Saller, things just clicked.
"I was lucky enough to find, in my opinion, some of the greatest musicians I could have ever found," Saller said. "The music has energized all of us to the point where we're foaming at the mouth. This music makes me want to body slam someone and run a mile, while waving an American flag!"