Atreyu

Atreyu (10:00 PM)

Unearth (8:45 PM)

Wovenwar (8:00 PM)

Sun, September 20, 2015

7:00 pm

$26.50

Sold Out

As a special offer for fans attending Atreyu’s fall 2015 tour, a digital download of their forthcoming album, Long Live, is included with every ticket. This offer will be redeemed via a promo code at MusicRedemptions.com.

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Atreyu - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Atreyu
A fire requires only one match. Sometimes, it can be struck in the oddest of ways, but once those flames spread, it’s impossible to contain. After a three-year hiatus, the embers started to collectively glow again for Southern California metal trailblazers Atreyu—Alex Varkatzas [vocals], Brandon Saller [drums/vocals], “BIG” Dan Jacobs [guitar], Travis Miguel [guitar], and Porter McKnight [bass]. Everybody agrees that Dan first planted the seed, individually calling his band mates and urging for a meeting, but a different kind of call really set the wheels in motion.
“The first time I talked to Alex in what seemed like forever was when I heard he and his wife were having a child,” admits Brandon. “I reached out to congratulate him. That led to us having lunch together, catching up, talking about things, and discussing Atreyu. Soon, the five of us had dinner, and we began mulling around the idea asking, ‘What if we did this again? How would we do it? What would we want out of it?’ We all seemed to be on the same page. We agreed on doing things the same way. This wouldn’t be a nostalgia trip. We were going to play shows and make new music. That was the spark that lit the fire.”
“The time away from it helped all of us gain perspective,” adds Alex. “After doing like 200 shows per year for a decade, we were burnt out when we went away. Once we met up, we missed the band and what it meant to us. It was time to do it again. We were a hundred percent in control of our own destiny and fired up like never before.”
So, the group began writing in their Orange County rehearsal space, quickly tapping into the spirit millions of fans fell in love with, but harnessing their newfound wisdom along the way. In secret, they hit the studio with producer Fred Archambault [Avenged Sevenfold] and began cutting what would become their sixth full-length album, Long Live [Search and Destroy Records/Spinefarm Records] and first since 2009’s Congregation of the Damned.
As a “Thank You” to fans in 2014, they gave away their first recording—the scorching “So Others May Live” on their web site for free to an overwhelmingly positive audience response. In between rapturous high-profile gigs at Aftershock Festival, Slipknot’s KNOTFEST, and South by So What?!, the group finished the album at their own pace and on their own terms.
“It was such an honest process,” exclaims Alex. “Aside from the actual sound of the production, Fred’s biggest asset was letting us be ourselves and giving us free reign to do what we want to do. He kept the ship going the right way, helping us realize our ideas. We’re at our best musically and performance-wise when we’re allowed to be us. Long Live is us.”
The first single and title track is locked and loaded with a guttural guitar smash, visceral growls, gang chants, acrobatic drumming, and a massive choral refrain. It announces Atreyu’s return with not just a bang, but a shotgun blast

“That speaks volumes to where our heads are at as a band and who we are to the world,” says Brandon. “It’s a clear picture of what we’re here to do. Atreyu has been a part of our lives for more time than it hasn’t. Everything circles around this. It’s a declaration that we’re here to stay.”
Alex agrees, “It’s about what our bond means. It’s more than just music. We’ve been friends since junior high. There’s a lot of history there.”
“Live To Labor” unearths a stop-start punk energy as double bass fires off into a “working man’s anthem,” while the heartfelt chug of “I Would Kill Lie Die” explores, as Alex puts it, “Love in its purest form.” Then, there’s the brooding “Cut Off the Head,” which stands out as the group’s angriest sledgehammer to date.
“I was so fucking fed up seeing news about pedophiles, molesters, and bullies,” sighs Alex. “I have no sympathy for them because they’re not humans, and they deserve the worst fucking fate imaginable. In a perfect world, their heads would be cut off on national TV.”
At the same time, “Heartbeats and Flatlines” showcases some of Travis and Dan’s most incendiary fretwork, building from a sizzling intro into an impenetrable crash.
“With this album, I feel like our only intention was to think about our favorite moments, attributes, and signatures of the band and make an album that represents those one-hundred percent,” remarks Brandon. “That was the only thought. Otherwise, it was off-the-cuff and shoot-from-the-hip. That’s the atmosphere we work the best in.”
It’s an approach that solidified the group as trendsetters when their 2002 debut, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses dropped. Its follow-up in 2004, The Curse, became a genre classic moving over 450,000 copies and seeing the band blossom into a worldwide phenomenon. Their third opus A Deathgrip on Yesterday would match that success and even debut Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200, a feat also accomplished on Lead Sails and Paper Anchors in 2007. To date, the group has moved over 3 million records worldwide and sold out countless shows as well covering magazines from Alternative Press to Revolver and influencing everybody from Hollywood Undead to Of Mice & Men.
Ultimately, the title sums up Atreyu’s mindset, and this fire is only starting to burn.
“During the first time jamming, the first time back in the studio, and the first time on stage, it became very clear that this is something that will be in our lives forever,” Brandon leaves off. “Our bodies and souls couldn’t let us deny the history we’d built. The record speaks for who we are. It’s the truth for the five of us.” — Rick Florino, June 2015
Unearth - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Unearth
Wovenwar - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Wovenwar
Our choices define us. At heart, we choose between good and evil or right and wrong. It’s not predisposed, but rather something we learn through experience, life’s twists and turns, and the stops along the way. The very moniker WOVENWAR speaks to that truth.

“When we’re born, we’re innocent and blameless creatures with no hatred or judgment,” explains guitarist Nick Hipa. “Along the way, personality and perspective get cultivated. Hate, love, and other influences can be woven into you, but you ultimately choose your path. If you recognize the foundations, you can opt to live differently. It’s a struggle. That’s what the name signifies. It’s about recognizing that and choosing accordingly.“

In the spring of 2013, the members of As I Lay Dying-Nick, Phil Sgrosso [guitar], Josh Gilbert [bass, vocals], Jordan Mancino [drums]-made an important choice of their own. They had seen tremendous success, selling over one million albums, enjoying a Top 10 debut on theBillboard Top 200 with 2010′s The Powerless Rise and a Top 15 debut with 2012′s Awakened, and touring globally alongside the likes of Slipknot, Slayer, Suicide Silence, Killswitch Engage, and more. Facing tumultuous controversy related to their singer and a shattering foundation shakeup, these four musicians decided to press on and do what they do best.

“We had been playing music for our entire adult lives and working towards becoming a better band every year, and then our unit was extremely compromised,” sighs Nick. “The natural step was to let that be and work on something else. We felt like we had a lot to accomplish in terms of our writing and chemistry together. We still wanted to develop. A lot of bands quit because they lose their love for it. We loved it more than ever. That’s why we decided to form something under a new name with no pressure to be anything.“

As they traded song ideas back and forth, Nick reached out to a lifelong friend Shane Blay. The two grew up together in Dallas, TX and even played in Evelynn before Hipa joined As I Lay Dying. In between working with Oh, Sleeper, Shane had begun writing songs with Nick purely as a creative outlet a year prior. Given their existing bond, the transition to writing for WOVENWAR‘s self-titled debut proved seamless.

“When everything went down, we started thinking of singers,” Phil goes on. “Nick was like, ‘What about Shane?’ We all wanted to be in a band with him. It was a no-brainer. There were no auditions or tryouts. We just started making music together, and it was very natural from the beginning.“

“I was excited to have the opportunity to play with these guys,” exclaims Shane. “From the first song we worked on, it felt like it was meant to be. I was right at home.“

With Shane officially in the fold, the quintet hit a San Diego studio to record the album with producer Bill Stevenson [Rise Against, NOFX], who helmed Awakened. Immediately, they collectively tapped into a sound that picked up where they left off, while forging new territory altogether.

“It’s more dynamic,” exclaims Phil. “There’s a hard rock element to it. We wanted to utilize Shane’s voice and go bigger. That was important. There’s a different energy, and we got to explore more sounds. It feels more alive than ever. This is the most exciting thing we’ve done. We wanted to keep it familiar but take risks here and there.“

“As I Lay Dying had its sound,” adds Nick. “We expanded it, but we never branched out too far. We could do anything we wanted to here. We just wanted to continue to write music that inspired us.“

It’ll undoubtedly inspire others as well though. The first single “All Rise” threads together precise riffing with Shane’s magnetic vocals, landing a huge chorus in between incendiary instrumentation. It serves as the perfect link between the musicians’ past output and the future.

Shane states, “I felt like the music industry was sucking the life out of me. Then, WOVENWAR happened. It was a chance to do something else and not give up. That’s what the song is about.“

“It bridges the gap between the old and the new,” affirms Nick. “It related to what we were going through in life. We were pretty dejected. We spent over a decade building something, and it had fallen apart. When you find yourself in a situation in which you really have no control over, you have to be optimistic in the way you respond because all you can control is your response. It’s a great introduction to the band.“

Elsewhere on the album, “Tempest” showcases the band’s dynamics, breaking the boundaries of heavy music in the process with palpable melodies. “All of my friends initially made it in music, and I was the guy who didn’t,” admits Shane. “I needed to inspire myself to get up and keep working at it. This was my call-to-arms.“

Meanwhile, the closer “Prophets” begins with elegant acoustic guitars before building into the album’s most dramatic and defining moment. “It’s about wrestling with the notion of blind faith,” says Nick. “It details seeking a transformation, and it challenges the idea of people speaking about matters we don’t absolutely know of. There’s no authority there. That’s faith.“

Ultimately, WOVENWAR deliver an introductory statement that’s bound to send shockwaves throughout heavy music.

Shane concludes, “Something good can come from misfortune. You have to always keep on going. These guys went through so much, and they’re still pushing ahead. I hope this inspires people to keep doing whatever they love to do.“

Nick leaves off, “We dealt with a lot personally while making this album. The way we always handled things was to write music and put ourselves into something that could speak louder. We put ourselves into this one hundred percent. Hopefully, that comes across.”
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change