On the musical front, over the last five years I've written here about a variety of Huntington Beach-based artists. There's been Dean Torrence, of Jan & Dean fame (as if I had to qualify that), songstress Franki Doll, the mighty Avenged Sevenfold and the reggae sensations the Dirty Heads, among others.
Recently, I interviewed another well-known rocker, oblivious to the fact that not only is he a longtime Huntington Beach resident, but also that we live about two minutes away from each other!
For more than 15 years, drummer-vocalist Brandon Saller gave his all to the Southern California metalcore outfit Atreyu. But after hammering out five studio LPs with four of his best friends while traveling the globe and performing for legions of exuberant fans, Saller is now going front and center in the band Hell or Highwater.
Formerly known as the Black Cloud Collective, this is his new band, featuring Saller as front man. The five-piece band released "Begin Again" on Tuesday and will support the release by touring on the Uproar Festival kicking off in August along with Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine and a host of other bands. Here's my discussion with Saller about the new project, which also includes guitarist Matt Pauling (the Confession), guitarist Neal Tiemann (MWK, David Cook), bassist Joey Bradford (Thieves & Liars) and drummer Kyle Peek (MWK, David Cook).