Brandon Saller

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Brandon Saller
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Saller with Atreyu in 2006
Background information
Born (1983-06-24) June 24, 1983 (age 31)
Origin Orange County, California, United States
Genres Post-hardcore, melodic metalcore
Occupations Drummer, vocalist
Instruments Drums, Vocals

Brandon Kyle Saller (born June 24, 1983) is the drummer and vocalist of post-hardcore band, Atreyu. He is responsible for the melodic singing found in the band's music. He is the band's primary songwriter, along with guitarist Dan Jacobs. Following Atreyu's hiatus in 2011, Saller brought his side project, the Black Cloud Collective, into the media, renaming it as Hell or Highwater, who released a full length album, entitled Begin Again, in 2011. The band recently released an EP entitled The Other Side in August 2013. In Hell or Highwater, Saller serves as the band's frontman.

Atreyu[edit]

At 13, Saller was invited by his older brother Ryan to join a band started by some of his friends, Dan Jacobs and Alex Varkatzas. The three of them formed a street punk band called Retribution, which by 1998, had adapted a heavier sound and changed names to Atreyu after the main character of The Neverending Story. The band signed to Victory Records in 2001 and released 3 albums under the label, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses in 2002, The Curse in 2004, and A Death-Grip on Yesterday in 2006. The band later joined major label Hollywood Records and released 2007's Lead Sails Paper Anchor and 2009's Congregation of the Damned. He is the band's primary songwriter, and wrote songs such as Creature entirely on his own. After over 10 years of worldwide success, the band embarked on hiatus.[1][2][3]

Vocal duties[edit]

Saller did not appear on the band's 1998 EP, Visions, as a vocalist as well as drummer. Between Visions and Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty, Saller learned to sing while playing drums and became the band's clean vocalist. On Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses, his vocals were largely confined to choruses, however, as Atreyu's career went on, Saller's vocals would get more and more frequent, and they would become a major part of Atreyu's sound.

Hell or Highwater[edit]

Formally, the Black Cloud Collective, Hell or Highwater resulted out of Saller's solo material and eventually became a full band. He is solely the band's vocalist. The band released their debut album, Begin Again, independently on iTunes in 2011. After touring for over a year, the band recouped and released an EP, entitled The Other Side in August 2013.

Equipment[edit]

Early days[edit]

In the early days of Atreyu, Saller used Spaun Custom Drums and Zildjian cymbals. He would later become endorsed by Istanbul cymbals in late 2004.[4]

Drums

22x20 Kick

12x8 Rack Tom

16x16 Floor Tom

13x7 Snare Drum

Cymbals

14" A New Beat Hi Hats

18" A Custom Projection Crash

19" A Custom Projection Crash

20" A Custom Projection Ride

18" China Boy High

Brandon also used a set of 14" A Custom Mastersound Hi Hats, an 18" oriental China Trash, a 6" Zil Bel, and two 19" Z Custom crashes throughout the early days of Atreyu. With Istanbul, Saller used the Alchemy series. He used a set of 15" hi hats, two 20" crashes, a 20" ride, and a 20" china.

2006 to present[edit]

In 2006, Saller became endorsed by Truth Custom Drums and Zildjian cymbals, of which he had an iconic black acrylic drum kit that featured three bass drums.[5][6]

Drums

22x20 Bass Drum (3x)

10x7 Rack Tom (added on in 2009)

12x8 Rack Tom (added on in 2007)

13x9 Rack Tom

16x16 Floor Tom

18x16 Floor Tom

14x8 Snare Drum

Cymbals

15" A New Beat Hi Hats

19" A Custom Medium Crash

20" A Custom Medium Crash

19" K Custom Hybrid Crash

20" A Custom Projection Ride

12" A Custom Splash

20" China Boy High

Saller also uses Remo Drumheads, DW hardware, DW 9000 pedals, and Vic Firth drumsticks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fright Exclusive Interview with Atreyu’s "Big Dan" Jacobs!! : Icons of Fright – Horror News | Horror Interviews | Horror Reviews & More!". Iconsoffright.com. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  2. ^ Atreyu (band)
  3. ^ A Death-Grip on Yesterday
  4. ^ "Atreyu interview by Toazted". YouTube. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  5. ^ Category: Who Plays What. "Atreyu - Brandon Saller Drum Kit Gear and Equipment". Uberproaudio.com. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  6. ^ "Truth Custom Drums » Atreyu/ Hell or Highwater". Truthdrums.com. 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2013-09-03.