Black Veil Brides enter ‘The Night’ with new bassist—exclusive interview
There’s all kinds of things happening in the Black Veil Brides camp, and AltPress is in on the ground floor. Prior to the holiday, the band—vocalist Andy Biersack, guitarists Jinxx and Jake Pitts and drummer Christian Coma—filmed a video for us explaining how they are changing things for 2020.
The first bit of news is the recruiting of bassist Lonny Eagleton to the ranks of BVB. Fans who attended the Andy Black Ghost Of Ohio tour will remember Eagleton as the man holding down the low end while being the straight-man for all of Biersack’s jokes. As the video will reveal, his personal commitment to Black Veil Brides started loooong before he got on a tour bus with Andy Black. (Keep your eyes open for the story about having a Set The World On Fire phone case.)
Regarding record releases and new music, Black Veil Brides have decided to take a page from the hip-hop playbook. Biersack says the band will be creating “duologies,” essentially two-song singles that will be released with greater frequency. Instead of going through the time-consuming process involved with the creation of a full-length album, new songs will be delivered with greater immediacy with all of the artwork and touring schedules in support of the release.
The first duology will consist of the songs “The Vengeance” and “Saints Of The Blood.” The latter song was created from riffs and melodies Pitts had from years ago, with Jinxx adding his classical sensibilities into the mix.
“With the feeling of nostalgia on this one, going back into the time when we were doing the rerecord [of We Stitch These Wounds],” Biersack begins, “the idea was to add two songs that felt very much like the band that we were in the past and maybe strayed away from [and] return to that form.
“Quite honestly, when you’ve been a band as long as we have and put out five full-length records, EPs and everything else, you want to do new stuff,” Biersack says. “I think this is a model that we’re really excited about, and moving forward, it’s a sustainable model that we can do, something that allows us to write songs together and release music, do music videos and artwork, bring it to people and say, ‘This is the new thing.’ And then half a year later, there’s another new thing.”
Later on in the clip, Biersack goes on to acknowledge how Black Veil Brides' mighty fandom has been with them every step of the way (“There was never a fan-voted award that our audience didn’t make sure we won”). Coma enthuses that he’s grateful when he sees fans getting something BVB tattooed on their bodies.
The band also have their fair share of mind-equals-blown memories. From playing on bills with their favorite bands (who jumped into Metallica’s snakepit?) to WTF-moments headbanging to a packed house on a Russian tour to a certain member fantasizing about tour bus engines, there’s plenty of solid rocking memories to be shared in the clip.
Biersack eloquently sums up the band’s impetus for all of the big changes afoot in their future. “Our goal is to say thank you to the fans for giving us this amount of time by proving that we’re worth it,” he says. “If someone lets you stick around making music for a decade and still gives you the opportunity to do that, that’s a really cool thing they’ve done for us. And it’s worth repaying the favor.”
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