For roughly a decade, Juliet Simms and Andy Biersack have dominated as the sweethearts of our corner of the music community. After meeting and falling in love on Vans Warped Tour, or so we thought, Simms and Biersack share an undeniable connection not only as artists but as soulmates. “It’s like our souls are entangled,” Simms says, clearly still lovestruck over her husband nearly a decade after meeting him.
As artists, Simms and Biersack exude a straight-arrow dedication to their solo projects as well as Biersack’s band Black Veil Brides. But when you lift the veil as to who Simms and Biersack really are, they’re just big kids at heart, always ready to laugh and make goofy faces with one another to share on Instagram. Ask anyone: The most refreshing part of their relationship is that it’s real. Biersack and Simms’ relationship goes far beyond the connection that they allow their devoted fans to experience with them on social media.
“He is so selfless when it comes to what I need,” Simms explains. “It’s so supportive. In our relationship, there’s no jealousy. If he gets something, the pride and joy I experience watching him succeed… [Sighs.] So when I experience something wonderful, he experiences the same feeling.”
First with her band Automatic Loveletter and then as a solo artist, Simms has been building herself up in alternative music for over a decade. And of course, she’s heard the murmurs of, “She reminds me of Paramore,” or “She should collab with Cassadee Pope,” but Simms has carved out a space for the sweet, sultry vocals that bolster a robust power unlike any other vocalist in the scene, male or female.
On the verge of her sophomore effort as a solo artist, Simms is redefining who she is as a musician as well as embracing who she is as an individual. “As a solo artist, you start to discover that you can trust your own instincts, and you can invent whatever you want,” she says. “It’s really your world to create. You get to have it be exactly how you want it to be. You get to invent these. The way you want to look and the way you want to sound. It’s a constant light forming in your mind.”
Similarly, Biersack has also embraced his path as a solo artist under the moniker Andy Black, as well as strategized to fine-tune his efforts alongside Black Veil Brides. Earlier this year, Black Veil Brides re-issued their debut record, Re-Stitch These Wounds. Along the way, he found inspiration for the group’s next body of work in the conceptualized Wretched And Divine despite not being fond of the term “concept record.”
“Concept albums are so specifically narrative-driven, the songs don’t live on their own,” he says. “They all have to be in service to one idea. What we’re trying to do is write a theme that is a story that surrounds the record. There’ll be other opportunities to tell the direct narrative in a more specific way than me singing a song [that’s] like, ‘And now here’s this part of the story.’ I feel like we’re trying to make the best record we can. And right now, we’re also interested in this world that it lives in.”
There’s no doubt that the Simms-Biersack household bursts with energy, creativity and support for one another’s craft. In the special couple’s issue 388 featuring Simms and Biersack, the two detail their latest creative triumphs and how they’ve managed to overcome 2020 both separately and together. Name a more iconic duo than Juliet Simms and Andy Biersack—we won’t hold our breath.