Brandon Saller has spent the past decade-plus drumming, co-writing and singing backup vocals for Atreyu. The Orange County metalcore band's string of hit singles–“Ex's and Oh's” (2006), “Becoming the Bull” ('07), “Falling Down” ('08) and “Storm To Pass,” off Areyu's latest album
Saller maintains he's content with the group's success and current direction but needs an outlet for other musical ideas. Speaking from his home in Huntington Beach, he reveals details about his upcoming debut as a solo act Thursday at Chain Reaction in Anaheim (he'll also play a solo/acoustic date Jan. 19 at the Continental Room in Fullerton), the pros and cons of performing back-to-back homecoming shows at House of Blues Jan. 28-29 with Atreyu and the loss of his drumming pal James “The Rev” Sullivan, of Avenged Sevenfold.
OC Weekly (Wade Tatangelo): Where exactly in Orange County are you from?
Brandon Saller: I was born in Northern California and lived there until I was 6 years old. I have been in Orange County the rest of my life. Living in places all over. Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Brea. I was actually born in LA and then we moved to Northern California.
You have traveled the world. Spent time in pretty much every major city on the planet. What keeps you here?
It's just perfect. Everything you need is within a half hour and you don't have the hustle and bustle of LA. It has all things you need right here and when you do have to go to LA, it's only 40 minutes way. It's perfect.