Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack Talks Upcoming DVD, Self-Titled Album + More
Black Veil Brides have been promoting their self-titled fourth album since last fall, but the band is planning to release a live DVD later this year. 'Loudwire Nights' host Full Metal Jackie spoke with Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack about the decision to shoot a concert DVD, their 2014 self-titled album and more. Check out the chat below.
Black Veil Brides is such a visual band. Andy, why wait so long to release a live DVD?
I think for us, being the band that always had the aspirations and dreams to be the kind of band that could put on a big theatrical stage show, it's taken a long time in our career. And naturally it takes a while for any band to get to the point where they can have that big stage show. When you're a young kid and go to a concert and see a big pyrotechnics or video screens, the reality behind how long that may take to get to that point both where it's financially viable but also makes sense for you on a scalable ability to be able to tour with it, you don't really think about that. We now are at a point, thankfully, that we can do a much more impressive and visual show and we felt that it was time to capture that with the DVD.
How much of an adjustment has it been to change the visual image of the band by discarding the theatrical makeup?
The image of the band has always been something that's evolved or changed with every record cycle that we've done. I think in a lot of respects, that's because we were so interested in having a visual representation for the music that we were making. We felt that every single "era" of the band so to speak was a different representation. When it came time to not wearing the bodypaint or the makeup in the same way we were, it mostly has to do with just moving on, I guess, emotionally or mentally. You dont want to do it anymore.
We always said that we would never do anything that we felt was pandering or didn't feel genuine. So when we started looking in the mirror and feeling that we were almost caricatures of ourselves, it felt like it was time to move on. That's not to say we don't have great love for that era of the band. It's not to say it won't come back, and in some capacities we used to wear a little bit here and there. Some shows we'll dress up more than others, it's all part of the aesthetic and feel of the band. While I still love it and enjoy it for what it was, it's just not something that today I'm interested in getting into full bodypaint.
The last album Wretched and Divine, you were the singular creative force. Was it a conscious decision that the rest of the band should be part of that process on the new album?
100%. I think for the band to continue on or to stay a band, we had to make that shift. It's not to say that the band wasnt proud of what Wretched and Divine was, we loved the reception that it got. Certain songs like "In The End" catapulted us to a new level. When it came time to make another record, it really felt like it was needed for all of us to really be intrinsically involved in every aspect of the process. So, from my perspective also, it just felt better to have everyone there and then to feel like there was a real vibe and a lot of fun going on. We certainly enjoyed ourselves quite a bit doing this record and enjoyed the team camaraderie aspect.
So many bands that release a concept album, like The Who, Pink Floyd, eventually they do a second one. Was Wretched and Divine the beginning of that same habit for Black Veil Brides?
I could potentially see another concept album in our future. I think the reason we didn't follow it up immediately was just that it didn't feel like the right time. Something like that, when you spend a lot of time to write the story -- it really has to gestate and you have to feel like the story is important and it has to be a reason why you're applying the story to the record. Otherwise you're just forcing in the idea of this avant garde or grandiose thing into what it essentially a rock record. So, while we didn't feel it was necessary for "Black Veil Brides Four" [2014 self-titled album] or needed for "Black Veil Brides Four," it doesn't mean there isn't a future in there for us.
Is it easy or hard to make a regular album after doing a concept album?
In some ways, it's just different. You get used to the rhythms of the concept album where you're at least for me, lyrically, sitting and thinking; Okay this is the part of the story where this is going to happen and I need to have a representation of this. While I wasn't writing to necessarily pander to every moment, there was certainly a script or an idea that was set out. More of a structure that was set out before the record was started that I really felt like I needed to hit the beats on. When it came to making the "Black Veil Brides Four," the self-titled record, it was more of a situation where I kind of did whatever I wanted, it was kind of freeing in many ways. Being able to just sit down and write a song about whatever I was feeling in the moment, was a great feeling. I wouldn't say I prefered one process over the other because they were both so different. I really enjoy the process of doing the concept record because it was so fun to write in a narrative, which I hadn't had a chance to do before. By the same token, just having the chance to write openly about how I feel was a great experience.
This band has released a new album almost every year. In what ways has that urgent pace benefitted your creativity?
To be honest, we sometimes joke that we don't realize how quickly the output is coming because we have so much fun doing it. It really comes down to the fact that we'll tour a cycle for a record and then we go, 'Okay, it's time to make another album.' We really, I think probably more than any band I've ever met, we love making records. We love being in the studio. I know with me when I see a record come out it goes out into the world and you have those moments of 'Okay, well now the record is complete and is out there, it only takes me about 2-3 months before I'm going, damn I want to make another one! I want to do a new one! I've got new ideas!' For us, it comes down to the enjoyment of doing it and to be honest, when you're in a position where a label is going allow you do to do that and people are going to allow you to make that music, i believe you should take full advantage of it.
Thanks to Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack for the interview. The band's self-titled disc is currently available at Amazon and iTunes. And you can catch them on tour at these locations. Tune in to Loudwire Nights With Full Metal Jackie and Tony LaBrie Monday through Friday at 7PM through midnight online or on the radio. To see which stations and websites air ‘Loudwire Nights,’ click here.