Atreyu have unveiled a video for the song “Baptize.” The single is the title track from their new album, which is out now via Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to 2018’s In Our Wake marks the first album since the departure of vocalist Alex Varkatzas who left the band in September.
We caught up with Porter McKnight (bassist/unclean vocals) and asked how the creative process has changed since Alex’s departure:
This new chapter, with all due respect to our history and those involved, has felt very liberating. The 4 of us have most always been at the heart of the song for Atreyu, and this gave each of us a little more room to expand. Dan has his first vocal part on a song. I have my very own verse for the first time, and even Travis sings! When I joined the band in 2004 I stepped into a well established vocal dichotomy, and a powerhouse of musical ability, so I chose to help uplift and inspire the other members when they needed my assistance instead of implanting my ego where it doesn’t yet belong. Over time, as I grew more comfortable, I started to add lyrics/melodies/music here and there as in all my previous bands I was a frontman and lyricist. My contributions always have, and always will be, for the greater good of Atreyu as a whole. I don’t give a shit about the spotlight. This album was a chance for me to connect to the artistic wellspring of who I was before Atreyu, and combine it with my own personal growth as a human and an artist over the last 17 years.
Watch the clip below:
Atreyu will be hitting the road this fall with Crown The Empire, Tetrarch, Saul, and Defying Decay. Check out the tour dates here.