Archetypes Collide singer Kyle Pastor feels a myriad of emotions about hitting the stage for the first time in 18 months.
One of them is awkwardness.
“I feel like it’s going to be a bit awkward because we’re having to navigate what’s comfortable for everyone,” Pastor says. “Obviously, we want to do what’s best for the whole group.”
The Mesa-based metal band will perform at the Rebel Lounge on Friday, June 25, with fellow Phoenicians Hazen, Vera Revive and Echoes.
“We’re just super excited to get back out and see faces again,” says Pastor, who graduated from Mesquite High School.
“We want to rebuild those connections that we haven’t been able to maintain.”
Pastor is aware, however, of the political divide in the United States. But Archetypes Collide’s musicians see both sides.
“I think when it comes to shows, we’re going to have to enter that discomfort,” he says about the divide. “I feel like that’s where the growth happens in figuring out what works for everyone.”
Pastor has been working on the set list and is excited to play “Your Misery,” which was picked up by SiriusXM’s Octane and Spotify’s Rock Hard playlist.
“To think that no one has gotten to experience that song in a live setting is scandalous, to say the least,” Pastor says. “That song is such a fun song. It has awesome guitar riffs and really cool double bass drum patterns. It’s a song I get to rip on vocally. That’s one song the band is really looking forward to playing.”
Also included on the set is “Becoming What I Hate,” which was released in January. Pastor calls it a “singalong song with a cool chorus and a hard-riffing breakdown.”
“Those are the two that we’ve released since we haven’t been able to play shows,” Pastor says. “We’re going to play them, and we’re going to play them loud.”
Pastor hopes fans will forget about the pandemic for an evening and see the show as a steppingstone toward normalcy.
He’s hoping the show will begin to heal this divide felt throughout the United States.
“Religion, politics and everything else walks out the door when you walk into the venue,” Pastor says. “I think that’s a really cool thing when we all come together. You can’t replace that.”
Archetypes Collide, Hazen, Vera Revive and Echoes
When: 7 p.m. Friday, June 25
Where: The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
Cost: $13 to $16; all-ages show