Hell or Highwater interview with Brandon Saller
When Atreyu drummer Brandon Saller and his band when on hiatus in 2010, he had no idea his little side project, which he then referred to as the Black Cloud Collective, would grow into a full-fledge band. A band that arguably outshines all of his previous accomplishments. Saller went from demoing up some more straight ahead rock tracks to fronting one of the best up-and-coming hard rock acts on the scene, known as Hell or Highwater.
With Hell or Highwater, Saller steps out from behind his kit and brings his edgy and emotive vocal delivery to the forefront. He surrounded himself with hand chosen talents which compliment his personality and vision: drummer Captain Carl, bassist Joey Bradford, and guitarists Matt Pauling and Neal Tiemann.
The unit’s debut album, “Begin Again“, was written largely by Saller, and saw a soft release in 2011, followed by a traditional release in early 2013. The album showcased the more melodic side of Saller’s songwriting which has its roots of inspiration in the fertile ground of Dave Grohl, Tom Petty, and writers of that ilk. The riffs are still there, the heaviness remains, but this is decidedly the more accessible side of Saller’s sonic psyche.
Having played together on stages all over for two years, Hell or Highwater spent part of the spring writing and recording new material for the fans, this time as a tight-knit quintet with all members contributing to the final outcome. The sound established on the debut record remains, but there is progression and growth on “The Other Side“. The title track is, as Saller offers in our interview below, a bridge between the debut and the new EP.
You can listen to our full interview with Brandon below, then check out the first single, “Wrong”, from “The Other Side“. The band is preparing to make a video for the song later this month. Saller talks at length about the new EP, and briefly addresses the recent rumors about Atreyu recording new material which have popped up on the internet.