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TM - Hi, This is Amelia and Elizabeth from Twinmusix and we are here with Travis from Atreyu, Thank You for having this interview with us today we appreciate it.

TS - Thanks for having me.

TM - You are coming to Australia, what can fans expect from your tour?

TS - This is our first time coming to Australia with Brandon out front so that is exciting. Everything we have been doing with him thus far is incredible. We just got off a tour in Europe where we did a headline show with a band called Creeper which is one of my favorite Bands ever, which it makes it even more awesome. We have been doing shows in other countries and we are going to bring it to Australia, because it has been going over so well. The show is so much fun, we have been interacting with the crowds and it is really exciting and awesome. The crowd interacts back with us. Andre throws in a few surprises here and there which people don't expect, it keeps everyone on their toes, which makes it a really fun, show it's not a typical rock and metal show.

TM - What can fans expect from your setlist?

TS - We throw in some different stuff here and there but for the most part, it's our more popular songs. We make sure almost everyone gets to hear their favourite songs. We will play a few new songs, a few old songs and a bit of everything. We try to make the perfect set list that we have fun playing.

TM - You brought out the beautiful dark of life on December 8th, how did fans react?

TS - It has been great this far into our career. When we put out new music it is interesting to see how fans will take it. The Atreyu of 2023 - 2024 at this point it has been awesome. We go out on the road and some of our songs are being sung back to us. We also have a lot of people who are learning about our band because of our new record. It is surreal when you have this type of crew. We have a lot of people that are there for the nostalgia of listening to the songs when they were growing up to in the early 2000s. When we bring out something new and fresh and people do sing as loud as they can and sing it back to us, it brings a tear to my eye.

I sometimes have to take my ears out because people are singing so loudly, it warms my soul and it's nice that people care about us that much, it's a beautiful thing.

TM - That is epic we are excited for you to come to Australia.

TM - what was your writing and recording process on your new album?

TS - We have found a groove in our writing and recording process. We write with everyone in our band in the same room, sometimes we have a producer or sometimes we will write with other people to add some flavour and then we can get an outside perspective who can see things in a way that we don't.

We go around the room and say who's got something and everyone brings their ideas to the table and we get each other's input on our ideas. Then we vote on what we all like the best and see where we want to start, then we will go ok I like that idea.

We record that first Whether it be some lyrics, melody or chorus and we will track that and build off that. As a lyric comes in or a riff comes in we will just keep adding it until we make a rough demo of a song and at that point, we can save that song Scoot it off to the side and start on the next song. Sometimes we can knock out three or four songs in one day including tracking them and getting them demoed out. We work pretty quickly and then once we have done that we will vote on the songs and see which ones we want to keep for our album and then you go back and start refining and re-tuning everything to the final song.

TM - Do you also have a lot of music that you plan to release once you have finished the album?

TS - Yes and no sometimes. We will be writing and we are like we have to save some of the really good songs for another album or another ep and sometimes we are really not feeling this song and we just put it off to the side and we won't use it again.

TM - Who designed your album cover and is there a meaning behind it?

TS - We had an artist do it for us but we brought in the ideas for the album. In this case, the beautiful dark of life the actual name itself originated from our singer Brandon's daughter when she was about 3 or 4 years old. He was at a restaurant with his family and he walked out of the restaurant with his daughter and was walking down the street and his daughter was on his shoulders. She pointed at a shadow and said 'Hey Dad what is that' and her dad said 'That's a shadow' and she said 'Dad Shadows are the beautiful dark of life'. He was like 'What did you just say, that is so profound'. He documented that and when it was time to come up with stuff for our album he was like to us, I think I have the album title, what do you think of this and we were like that is rad and we built off that.

The way we released the album, it started off as three ep's that were released individually in a certain order, each one being titled after a lyric from the titled song. Each EP came out and once each EP came out you saw a pattern of things happening and once the album came out it brought everything together, two collectively making The Beautiful Dark of Life.

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be, what song would it be and would it be in your style or their style?

TS - I think it would be cool to have The Scorpions do our song "I Don't Want to Die" off our newest album. The song sounds very much like The Scorpions and Def Leppard. I would like them to keep it the way we did it but to sing and perform it.

TM - What was the first band you saw live as a kid and did they influence you to play?

TS -
The first tour I went to was the Green Day tour in 95. The original reason I picked up the guitar was Billie Joe from Green Day, at the time Green Day residentally resonated with me and I liked the way they dressed and the whole persona resonated with me. My favorite color is green and all the girls from school thought he was really cute. I was like I want to be like Billie Joe from Green Day. I want to be in a band that would be cool.

The first song I ever learnt on guitar was When I Come Around by Green Day and then I learnt as many Green Day songs as possible. I evolved to Nirvana and Rancid and it's snowballed from there into punk and then to metal and eventually into Ateryu.

TM - Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?

TS - Thank You for supporting us over the years and thank you for all the new fans supporting us for the first time of this new record. I appreciate everyone and I can't wait to see you all at shows it's going to be a great time.

TM - Thank you for having this interview with us today, we appreciate it.


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