1) How long have Atreyu been together? Melissa, Claire and I have been playing for about 4 years now, but Tim is only about 6 months old in Atreyu years.
2 ) Where does the name come from? Who better to name your band after than warrior that saves all of Fantasia in the Never Ending Story? We still cry when Artex drowns in the swamp of sadness...well Tim didn't really cry in the sense of actual tear shed-age, but his bottom lip definitely quivered...
3) How did you guys all meet? Melissa and I didn't really have a choice in the matter because we're sisters, Claire and I went to school together and we poached Tim from another band. He used to be in Benny who we totally loved and once they broke up now we nabbed him. So we were all buddies before we were in a band together.
4) What would be your 3 major musical influences? The most influential genre would be indie-pop-rock of the female persuasion, but the most obvious actual artists are the Clouds, Belly and Juliana Hatfield. But we're all influenced by everything from 'Simon and Garfunkel' to 'Weezer' to 'Gershwin' to 'Built to Spill' to 'Harry Belefonte' to 'the Henderson Kids soundtrack', etc, etc, etc, etc...
5) What is one thing you'd like to change about the music industry? I'd like to see the music industry have a bigger emphasis on the music funnily enough. More of a focus on creativity and music-as-genius and less to do with money and image and other such evils.
6) Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs time? Still playing music in one form or another, either successfully or unsuccessfully.
7) What do you think makes a band stand out from all the others? What makes a particular band stand out is subjective and a matter of opinion, but for me its when I hear something and think '..phwoar..'. There's a difference between seeing a band and appreciating them and seeing a band who you think are so rad you have to see every single gig of theirs from then on.
8) You guys have a song on the Sixpack Records Sampler, you also have a CD coming out on their label, tell us about that. 'Strange Infatuation' is the track on the sampler, incidentally it's also the only Atreyu track that forces audience members to get up and walk around like camels. The sampler is an excellent showcase for highlighting some of the ace bands around like Puppetman and Porcelain, just two examples of bands that are phwoar-worthy. We sent off our cd to be put on the Longneck Sampler which is doing the rounds in the U.S and Julien asked us what we planned to do with it and whether we wanted to release it through their label. It was basically a case of good timing since we just finished the mastering and the artwork. So hopefully the cd (called 'Fabulous Secrets Revealed') will be launched towards the end of August.
We're all shivering with anticipation for the cd to be released since we recorded it back in January. In the mean time we've got a couple of gigs lined up so you ought to come down for a swell night of foot tappin', head noddin' indie pop rock.
9) Website: www.atreyuhome.cjb.net
10)Almost forgot the most important question! Favourite cast member of Secret Life of Us.
Melissa: Probably Kelly because she's a bit of a spaz but also coz it's Deb Mailman and she's ace. Gotta admit though, 2nd series isn't getting watched as religiously as the first.