An Interview With Andy Biersack of the Black Veil Brides

The Black Veil Brides are set to release their major label debut, Set TheWorld On Fire on June 14, 2011 via Lava Music/Universal Republic Records. The band’s sophomore album is the follow-up to their debut album released in 2010, We Stitch These Wounds.

“Fallen Angels,” the first single from Set The World On Fire, is slated to be available on May 3rd via iTunes. The video, shot in Los Angeles last month, was directed by Nathan Cox (Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, DevilDriver, HIM).

The band is currently on the road headlining The AP Tour 2011. They will also be performing at this year’s Bamboozle Music Festival in New Jersey and Rock on the Range in Ohio before heading out on Warped Tour at the end of June.  Andy Biersack took some time to speak with us about the upcoming album and tour.

Type 3 Media: You guys are headlining the AP tour; tell me how that came about and what excites you most about being on this tour.

Black Veil Brides

Photo by Paul Harries

Andy Biersack: It’s great for us because AP Magazine is a big deal in the United States.  A lot of kids enjoy the magazine and the culture around the magazine.  The Editor enjoyed what we were doing and offered the tour to us.   At first we were a little skeptical because we weren’t entirely sure what the lineup would be for the tour.  We appreciated the offer, so we talked with him and put together a lineup that we’re really happy with. We’re very excited.  So far the tour has been fantastic and every night has been great.  All the bands are very excited to be there.

T3M: Is there a band in particular that you are really excited to be sharing the same stage with?

AB: We’re good friends with some of the guys in D.R.U.G.S..  I very much enjoy listening to them.  They’re very talented musicians and they’re sort of kindred spirits by what they do with their music.

T3M: You were recently on tour with the Murderdolls, what was it like touring with those guys?

AB: It was fantastic.  As a kid, I much enjoyed their first record.  They’re all very nice dudes.  I’ve always been a big fan of Wednesday 13, the singer.  I found out that he enjoyed our music and enjoyed watching us play.  It was one of my favorite tours that we’ve done because I’m such a big fan and they were very cool to us.

T3M: It’s great to see the established guys enjoying the new music.

AB: It was nice to see that they could understand the parallels… it’s really not that different.

T3M: Your first album, We Stitch These Wounds, achieved a fair an amount of success for being on a semi-independent label…

AB: There’s no semi about it.  It’s definitely an independent release. (laughs)

T3M: Now you’re working on a new album due out this June?

AB: Yes, June 14th is the release date that we’re shooting for.  Several days before we left for the AP tour we finished the record.

T3M: What can fans expect from this album?  Is it the same kind of energy or are you trying something new?

AB: It’s the natural evolution of the band.  That goes for any band.  You mature the more that you write and the more that you play music.  We got so much experience during last year’s touring, that when it came time to write, our chops were up to snuff and we were able to write the record really quickly.  We were able to take our favorite moments from the first record, that we were most proud of, and create eleven or twelve songs.  Personally, in terms of lyrics and melody writing, I have certainly improved my game.  Even in terms of how I’m singing; I’ve been doing things that I didn’t think about doing on the first record.  It’s a better representation of what Black Veil Brides is all about, but still very much true to what our fans have come to expect from the first record.

T3M: What was the most challenging part of putting this album together?

AB: The biggest challenge was time.  We recorded this album over three weeks.  We didn’t have a lot of time to record the record.  So we’re very thankful for Josh Newell and Luke Walker, our production team that made the record. They were very helpful and understood what little time we had.  Instead of changing what we’re trying to do they nurtured what our instincts are so that we could get it done faster and make a record that we’re happy with.

For more information about the Black Veil Brides visit www.bvbarmy.com