ATREYU have released the official music video for “God/Devil” taken from their The Hope of a Spark EP out now – stream now.
The single, laments a loss of identity, self, and faith, a desperate cry for help from a higher power when the greatest power is already within. “‘God/Devil’ represents the intense feeling of hopelessness that leaves us as humans feeling so helpless and scared that we reach for anything that will help us alleviate the pain/sadness we are going through,” said Atreyu. “When life shows its saddest, darkest side we desperately reach for anything we can grasp to help us and ‘God/Devil’ is the audible version of that.”
The 4-tracks embody everything that the band has come to be, to mean, to represent, marking the beginning of the next chapter in the band’s story, with assorted pieces of an expansive puzzle still taking shape, form, and focus.
The opening track of the EP, “Drowning,” was written as a collective effort from each band member who poured their own experiences, be it familial health problems that guitarist Dan Jacobs was shouldering to Saller’s first encounters with feelings of anxiety or bassist, Porter’s McKnight’s long-running fight with depression, following, “Capital F,” which was inspired by Saller’s observations of the human plight and “Watch Me Burn” which is EP’s phoenix rising from life’s trial-by-fire.
Produced by long-time collaborator John Feldmann, the new music explores reflection and rumination on modern life’s pressures, pleasures, and pains, with each track representing a snapshot of deeply personal, lived, and shared experiences.
“The overarching concept is essentially about the seasons of life,” frontman, Brandon Saller explains. “Everyone goes through the same things, the ups and downs of life. The emphasis really is the importance of at least respecting those, and finding the positives and the lessons from even your lowest moments.”
“These songs are the culmination of our entire artistic endeavors,” McKnight attests. “It’s everything we’ve learned as humans, everything we’ve ingested as musicians, and everything we’ve experienced in this lifetime. It is ATREYU unleashed.”
“Everything that we have put out to this point has built to this moment,” adds, Jacobs. “Something special is happening with ATREYU right now. We can feel the creativity and collaboration when the five of us get in the studio. We can feel the confidence we all give each other when we stand onstage together. And we can see it in the audience when they’re losing their minds. They’re having as good a time as we are ourselves.”
“It feels like the world has been catching up with the diversity of influences and sounds that we’ve been putting into ATREYU for some time now,” Saller says. “There are no limitations, no barriers.”
Atreyu will kick off The Hope of a Spark headlining tour on April 27 in Sacramento at Ace of Spades with a one-off date supporting Kayzo on May 6 in Los Angeles. The tour will conclude on May 21 in Denver at the Gothic Theatre. Unless otherwise noted, all dates are with special guests Point North, Within Destruction, and LYLVC. The band will head to the UK and Europe in November. Tickets are available for purchase here.
U.S. Tour Dates:
04/27/23 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
04/28/23 – Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse
04/29/23 – Bend, OR @ Midtown Ballroom
04/30/23 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
05/02/23 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
05/03/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
05/05/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
05/06/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Kia Forum *
05/07/23 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
05/08/23 – Tucson, AZ @ Encore
05/10/23 – San Antonio, TX @ Vibes Event Center
05/11/23 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster Street Ice House
05/12/23 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
05/13/23 – Dallas, TX @ The Echo Lounge & Music Hall
05/15/23 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
05/16/23 – Belvedere, IL @ The Apollo
05/18/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
05/19/23 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
05/20/23 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live **
05/21/23 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre **
*= supporting Kayzo
**= without Point North
ATREYU ushered in a new movement in heavy music. Their music seamlessly intertwines with formative experiences for a diverse legion of dedicated listeners, many of whom started their own bands. They’ve broken into the Top 10 in the Billboard 200 more than once; two of their albums, The Curse and Lead Sails Paper Anchor, are certified gold with 2 million albums sold worldwide and an encompassing 600 million streams. Their most recent album, Baptize has clocked 65 million streams alongside a Top 10 at rock radio hit with “Warrior” featuring Travis Barker.
Where once the band was heralded as the early innovators of the nascent metalcore scene, their place in heavy music’s diverse and boundary-breaking scene has never felt more relevant, with inspirations of pop-punk, hardcore, thrash, ‘80s rock, and more melding into a unique and varied sound that has never felt more relevant than in today’s increasingly genreless world.
With a 20-year career and eight acclaimed albums in the rear-view mirror, ATREYU in 2023 is focused only on the present and the future, and a mission to continue shaping and defining the rock and metal scene, just as they have always done since their emergence from Huntington Beach in Southern California.
Frontman Brandon Saller, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel, bassist Porter McKnight and drummer Kyle Rosa are one of the most respected names and potent forces in heavy music, and their live show is one of the most heralded on the touring circuit.