ATREEU released the official music video for “Forever More”. The song is taken from the final installment of the band’s three-part EP series, “Torch in the Dark”which is being provided today (Friday 3rd November) leading to “The Beautiful Darkness of Life” album out December 8th via Spinefarm.
“Forever More” is the EP’s love song. The lyrics feature five band members channeling their individual emotions united in one common voice.
“Now I hear very specific lyrics and I can remember exactly who or what I was thinking when it came out,” explains the bassist Mark “Porter” McKnightwhile frontman frontman Brandon Saller described the song as “the most vulnerable, tender moment this band has ever had.”
“Torch in the Dark” The EP continues the path marked by “Hope for a Spark” EP and “The moment you find your flame” EP leading in “The Beautiful Darkness of Life”which is a culmination of the three, being pieces of a puzzle that together represent something much bigger.
This EP is about self-discovery, finding your purpose and confidence and your future again. Victory through the shadows and conquering the darkness—for now.
“A lot of people remember those moments and experiences that shaped who they are in very formative years,” Saller says. “But for me, that period of my life is a big void. There are things about me as a person and things that I do to this day that I don’t like, but I don’t understand why.”
“We draw strength from each other and give each other space and support to be the best, most creative person we can be,” guitarist Dan Jacobs explains. “And together, right now, that makes us the best band we’ve ever been.”
“Everything we’ve laid out up to this point has been built up to this point,” he concludes Jacobs. “Something special is happening with ATREEU right now. We can feel the creativity and collaboration when the five of us enter the studio. We can feel the confidence we all give each other when we stand together on stage. And we can see it in the audience when they lose their minds. They’re having as much fun as we are.”
“Torch in the Dark” track list:
02. Death or glory
04. come down
In an interview with Rock 100.5 The KATT‘c Cameron Buchholz held last September Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma, Saller talk about ATREEUthe decision to shift their focus from releasing albums to releasing a series of EPs.Saller said, “The whole project as a whole kind of tells the same story over and over again. And we just wanted a way to somehow be able to shine a light on the songs a little bit more individually. I feel like a lot of times you put out albums these days and you get three or four songs that get some attention. The rest just go away, which sucks when you create art and put everything you have into the art.”
He continued: “Each EP goes through the cycles of life, the seasons of life if you will, to tell one big story at the end. So it’s a way that we can go a little bit deeper with a kind of a story, and also a way that we can get our audience to really be able to focus on smaller chunks of songs at a time.”
Asked if he and his bandmates see that kind of engagement and fans following the story, Brandon said: “Absolutely. I feel like you just see it, right when [you look at] on [streaming] numbers, you see how each song gets a little more of the spotlight and has a little more of a day in the sun kind of look. So that feels good for us.”
Saller we talked earlier ATREEUThe decision to release a series of EPs last July in an interview on the Brutally Delicious podcast. At the time, he said, “I’m less and less interested in the traditional methods of things and more about how do we actually get people to have the opportunity to perceive the whole art? … You put out an album, you put 12 songs on an album and four of them get light on them and they’re in the tens of millions of streams and they get all this attention and the other eight are in the hundreds of thousands, if that – maybe they’ve hit a million They’re in the dark and I spent all this time on these songs.
“We’re not a band that has historically put out records with a bunch of filler; it’s hard for songs to pass us by,” he explained. “So for us, it’s like, ‘Oh, well, man, it just didn’t get a chance to be shown.’
“I’m all for alternative release methods,” Saller added. “I think the physical release really only lies in vinyl and cool, collectible things these days. I don’t care about CDs. I couldn’t play a CD even if I wanted to. I don’t have a CD [player] in my car. I don’t have a CD player in my computer. But as far as just releasing stuff, I just want to release stuff that makes it more accessible and easy to actually consume and digest. And I think that’s potentially in singles and EPs. I don’t know all or nothing. So we’ll see how it goes.”
ATREEU and MEMPHIS MAY RISING recently joined forces for “We want your misery” tour, s TAKE A BREATH and ANOTHER DAY DAWNS as support. ATREEU also joined GODSMACK for select dates before embarking on a run of Canadian shows with IRON MAIDENas of September 28.
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