Brandon Kyle Saller (bornJune 24, 1983 ) is the drummer and vocalist of post-hardcore band, Atreyu (1998–2011, 2014–present). He is responsible for the melodic singing found in the band's music. He is the band's primary songwriter, along with guitarist Dan Jacobs. Following Atreyu's hiatus in 2011, Saller brought his side project, the Black Cloud Collective, into the media, renaming it as Hell or Highwater, who released a full length album, entitled Begin Again, in 2011. The band recently released an EP entitled The Other Side in August 2013. In Hell or Highwater, Saller serves as the band's frontman.
At 13, Saller was invited by his older brother Ryan to join a band started by some of his friends, Dan Jacobs and Alex Varkatzas. The three of them formed a street punk band called Retribution, which by 1998, had adapted a heavier sound and changed names to Atreyu after the main character of The Neverending Story. The band signed to Victory Records in 2001 and released 3 albums under the label, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses in 2002, The Curse in 2004, and A Death-Grip on Yesterday in 2006. The band later joined major label Hollywood Records and released 2007's Lead Sails Paper Anchor and 2009's Congregation of the Damned. After over 10 years of worldwide success, the band embarked on hiatus.
Saller did not appear on the band's 1998 EP, Visions, as a vocalist as well as drummer. Between Visions and Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty, Saller learned to sing while playing drums and became the band's clean vocalist. On Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses, his vocals were largely confined to choruses, however, as Atreyu's career went on, Saller's vocals would get more and more frequent, and they would become a major part of Atreyu's sound.
Hell or Highwater
Formally, the Black Cloud Collective, Hell or Highwater resulted out of Saller's solo material and eventually became a full band. He is solely the band's vocalist. The band released their debut album, Begin Again, independently on iTunes in 2011. After touring for over a year, the band recouped and released an EP, entitled The Other Side in August 2013.
In the early days of Atreyu, Saller used Spaun Custom Drums and Zildjian cymbals. He would later become endorsed by Istanbul cymbals in late 2004.
2006 to 2010
In 2006, Saller became endorsed by Truth Custom Drums and Zildjian cymbals, of which he had an iconic black acrylic drum kit that featured three bass drums.
When Atreyu reformed in 2014, Truth created a new drum kit for Saller for use on the Aftershock and Knotfest festivals, as well as to record Atreyu's upcoming 2015 release.
Saller also uses Remo Drumheads, DW hardware, DW 9000 pedals, and Vic Firth drumsticks.
Brandon Saller Drumstick Collection
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 2.