Atreyu Headline The Mayhem Festival Stage

Longevity in the music business requires versatility and adaptability – which explains in part why, more than a decade into their career, Orange County, California quintet Atreyu are tighter and more eclectic than ever. The band kicked off their current
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Longevity in the music business requires versatility and adaptability – which explains in part why, more than a decade into their career, Orange County, California quintet Atreyu are tighter and more eclectic than ever. The band kicked off their current tour with The Used with two back-to-back sold-out shows at the House of Blues in Anaheim this past week. While the band is currently playing some of its more melodic songs to adoring crowds on this tour, dates run through February 26 in Birmingham, Alabama, Atreyu will shift gears and amp up for their headline slot on the Mayhem Festival Stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Tour, where they’ll play the most brutal sets of their entire career. The tour launches July 10 in San Bernardino, California and runs through August 14 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.“The Mayhem set will be heavy as fuck,” says Atreyu frontman Alex Varkatzas. “It’ll be awesome and we’re really looking forward to it. I really like playing the heavier stuff. The more upbeat and fast-paced, the better. So I’m stoked.”“We’re gonna incorporate some of the older songs that we haven’t played in a while,” adds bassist Marc McKnight. “Maybe we’ll play some songs from [2002’s] Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses like “Someone’s Standing on My Chest,” and definitely more stuff from The Curse, such as “You Eclipse By Me.” And we’ll play the heavier stuff from our last two records, Lead Sails Paper Anchor and Congregation of The Damned.
“We love being able to headline the Mayhem Festival Stage,” Varkatzas says. “The second stage is where we belong; that’s where we can connect with the kids the most. We’ve done the main stage on Family Values and tours like that, and it’s hard to play in that shed environment. People don’t dance or interact with the band. I just feel like everyone in the band and everyone in the crowd can rock out a whole lot more when we’re on the second stage having a good time.”Proving once again they can play to both ends of the sonic spectrum, Atreyu are currently working their hook-filled new single “Lonely,” to rock radio. A lighter-raising anthem laden with twin-guitar harmonies, chant-along vocals and a propulsive beat, the song is the perfect middle ground between the heaviest tracks on Atreyu’s new album Congregation of the Damned (“Bleeding is a Luxury,” “Stop! Before It’s Too Late and We’ve Destroyed it All”) and most heartfelt (“Wait For You”).Late last month, while in Japan for the Taste of Chaos tour, Atreyu took time out to shoot a video for “Lonely” with their longtime director Sean Stiegemeier, who has worked with Atreyu since 2003's “Lip Gloss in Black.” In addition to featuring live footage from the January 22 show in Tokyo and the January 24 gig in Osaka, the clip will include shots of the band experiencing the sights and sounds of Japan on the fast-paced streets of Tokyo and Osaka.“Sean was with us for every minute of every day, filming us at random locations in Tokyo and Osaka, and on the bullet train,” McKnight says. “He shot everything: [guitarist] Dan [Jacobs] eating a bunch of sushi, me taking pictures of temples, [drummer] Brandon [Saller] in crazy, busy intersections singing along to the song, [guitarist] Travis [Miguel] in these brightly lit game rooms in Osaka and Alex up and about in the city. I honestly have never been more excited to see a finished video because this is something he’s infinitely passionate about.”“For Western people, Japan is such a different environment,” adds Varkatzas, “so I think ‘Lonely’ is gonna make for a really cool video, and hopefully it’ll pay homage to our Japanese fans as well.”ATREYU

TOUR DATES WITH THE USED:
Feb 3rd West Des Moines, IAVal Air Ballroom
Feb 5th Fargo, NDThe Venue
Feb 6th Sioux City, IASioux City Convention Center
Feb 8th Dekalb, ILConvocation Center
Feb 9th Milwaukee, WIThe Rave
Feb 12th Atlantic City, NJHouse of Blues
Feb 13th Providence, RILupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Feb 14th Sayreville, NJStarland Ballroom
Feb 16th Niagara Falls, NYThe Rapids Theatre
Feb 17th Washington D.C.9:30 Club
Feb 19th Columbus, OHLifestyles Community Pavillion
Feb 22nd Asheville, NCThe Orange Peel
Feb 23rd Knoxville, TNValarium
Feb 25th Charlotte, NCThe Fillmore
Feb 26th Birmingham, ALFive Points Music Hall

ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM TOUR DATES:

July 10 San Bernardino, CASan Manuel Amphitheater
July 11 Mountain View, CAShoreline Amphitheatre
July 13 Southeast Auburn, WAWhite River Amphitheater
July 14Nampa, IDIdaho Center Amphiteater
July 16 Phoenix, AZCricket Wireless Pavilion
July 17 Albuquerque, NMJournal Pavilion
July 18 Englewood, COComfort Dental Amphitheatre
July 20 Maryland Heights, MOVerizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 21 Cincinnati, OHRiverbed Music Center
July 23 Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
July 24 Hartford, CTThe Comcast Theatre
July 25Montreal, QCParc Jean Drapeau
July 27 Mansfield, MAComcast Center
July 28 Holmdel, NJP.N.C. Bank Arts Center
July 30 Tinley Park, ILFirst Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 31 Noblesville, INVerizon Wireless Music Center
Aug 1 Atlanta, GALakewood Amphitheatre
Aug 4 Virginia Beach, VAVirginia Beach Amphitheater
Aug 6 Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 7 Pittsburgh, PAPost Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake
Aug 8 Bristow, VAJiffy Lube Live
Aug 10Tampa, FLFord Amphitheatre
Aug 11West Palm Beach, FLCruzan Amphitheater
Aug 13Dallas, TXSuperpages.com Center
Aug 14Oklahoma City, OKZoo Amphitheatre