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By Alex Gallagher

Archetypes Collide was soldiering its way through the local metal scene for nearly six years when a big break came its way.

After recording the single “Your Misery” in Ohio with Beartooth bassist Oshie Bichar, Archetypes Collide returned to its home state of Arizona to film the video.

When the band put the song and video online in November 2020, it had no idea the doors that the track would open.

“Your Misery” pleased the ears of SiriusXM staff and the song hit Octane. Beartooth manager Thomas Gutches was listening to the track’s heavy riffs and melodic vocals and liked what he heard. 

Gutches and Bichar spoke with the Mesa band about co-managing it and shopping the music to record labels.

Then Archetypes Collide vocalist Kyle Pastor received a dream call from Fearless Records, a label he admired since it produced the Valley band The Word Alive.

“Fearless is such a great label, especially for a new band like us where we’re still getting established,” Pastor says.

When he found out that Gutches and Fearless Records President Andy Serrao wanted to work together, Pastor was elated. Soon, the band was on a 29-stop tour with the Australian metalcore act The Amity Affliction.

“We learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t on our last tour,” Pastor says. “Throughout that tour, we fine-tuned what we were playing and pull a couple of strings in terms of renditions of our songs.”

On the road, Pastor learned to have fun on the stage regardless of what happens.

“Our style of music is pretty heavy, but we also try to look like we’re having a good time onstage,” he says. “Even if someone busts a guitar string, our drummer’s hi-hat stand is wonky or my vocals are stressed, we know that at the end of the day we’re not going to get this show back so we might as well enjoy it and have a good time.

“We hope that fans can put whatever they’re going through in life and put it in a box. When they walk into the venue, we want them to hang out with other fans while having that community of people looking to get their emotions out.”

Archetypes Collide now will return home on Friday, June 17, to play the Crescent Ballroom with three local rockers.

“It’s going to be one of those shows where everyone knows our songs and it’s exciting to be able to share those moments with people,” Pastor says. “It’s like having a kickback at our friend’s house where we get to catch up with people we haven’t seen in a while.”

He also hopes to display the freedom the band has felt since inking its deal with Fearless Records.

“For the first time in our lives, it’s not us pulling the band. The band is pulling us, and it’s a cool paradigm shift,” Pastor says. “We’re blessed that we got lucky to be in the right place at the right time and that our work found the right person.”

Archetypes Collide w/After the Calm, Never Us and Echoes

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, June 17

WHERE: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix

COST: $18