Pierce The Veil have come a long way from their early days when the Fuentes brothers were just playing skate-punk in Before Today. In 2015, they’re one of the biggest bands in our scene, with a unique sound that is truly their own—part pop, part hardcore, part “Mexicore.” Their recent AP cover got us thinking, just which PTV tracks are our favorites? It’s time to pay tribute to the band’s top 10 songs (in no particular order), spanning three albums—A Flare For The Dramatic (2007), Selfish Machines (2010) and Collide With The Sky (2012).
“King For A Day”
What’s not to love about this monster of a song? “Yeah!” Vic Fuentes screams like maniac, before the band dive into down-tune chaos (thanks, Jaime), menacing riffage and even more screeching from Fuentes. The addition of Sleeping With Sirens frontman Kellin Quinn brings the song’s arsenal to DEFCON 1. “The thought of you is no fucking fun,” Quinn stings.
“Caraphernelia” was easily PTV’s biggest song before they hit it big with Collide With The Sky. The music video paints a chaotic picture of a band on the road, tormented by their jealous girlfriends back home. “Sunshine, there ain't a thing that you can do that's gonna ruin my night,” Vic Fuentes shrieks, before guest screamer Jeremy McKinnon has a complete mental breakdown—“WHAT IF I CAN’T FORGET YOU!?” It’s a good time, seriously.
“Bulls In The Bronx”
That opening riff though! On “Bulls In The Bronx,” PTV crackle with kinetic energy as Vic Fuentes spits fire in what is easily the band’s most anthemic chorus (“Maybe we’re just having too much fun”). Delightfully, the band also crank up the Mexicore—conjuring images of bull fights and old Spanish guitars.
It’s nice to see a band’s softer side for a change, and that’s exactly what PTV give us on “Bulletproof Love.” It’s a cheery, melodic departure from the their normal dose of apocalyptic shredding. “I wanna hold your hand so tight, I'm gonna break my wrist.”
“Chemical Kids And Mechanical Brides”
Taken from 2007’s A Flair For The Dramatic, “Chemical Kids” is the staple throwback for PTV fans. “As you fall fast asleep, it reminds me of the slow symphonies behind me,” Vic hypnotically intones over woozy guitars and a wind-up music box. This is as creepy as PTV get.
“Hold On Till May”
Fun fact: Once upon a time, Vic performed this song (acoustically) with Jenna McDougall from Tonight Alive, and it was the best thing ever.
“Yeah Boy And Doll Face”
“Were you honest when you said, ‘I could never leave your bed’?” Vic Fuentes asks, his voice shaking with the appropriate level of angst for this mid-2000s post-hardcore jam. “Tell me why my little Mona Lisa told a lie, lie, lie, lie.” Yikes.
Any song with “hell” in the title should begin with a sonic artillery strike and a bloodcurdling scream. “Hell Above” is another contender for Pierce The Veil’s most epic chorus: “'Cause this is a wasteland, my only retreat/With heaven above you, there's hell over me.”
“Kissing In Cars”
PTV + Acoustic = Gold
I have no idea what the hell is going on in this song, but I’m all about it. “You know the only real way to cure pain is to add a little more.” Uh… Sure? That makes about as much sense as the random bongo drums in the middle of this track. “You know I've never held a gun in my life.” Who you trying convince, Vic?
Check out Pierce The Veil on the cover of AP 321—on newsstands now!