Black Veil Brides is an American rock band based out of Hollywood, California. The group is composed of Andy Biersack (lead vocals), Ashley Purdy (bass, backing vocals), Jake Pitts (lead guitar), Jinxx (rhythm guitar, violin) and Christian "CC" Coma (drums). Black Veil Brides are known for their distinct appearance, which was inspired by Kiss' and Mötley Crüe's stage persona, as well as numerous other 1980's glam metal acts. == Record deal and debut album (2009–2010)History==
In September 2009, using the current name, Black Veil Brides signed with the independent label StandBy Records. The writing process for a tour and a record began immediately. In December 2009, the band embarked on their first US tour entitled "On Leather Wings".
The group's debut album We Stitch These Wounds was released July 13, 2010 and sold over 10,000 copies in its first week, ranking at #36 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and #1 on the Billboard Independent chart. In late 2010, Black Veil Brides went on tour with bandsThe Birthday Massacre, Dommin and Aural Vampire.
Black Veil Brides first came to the attention of Lava Records president Jason Flom when the chief music officer at Hot Topic, John Kirkpatrick, told him about the incredible buzz that building around the band, with their t-shirt attracting the second biggest sales in the country at that point. What was even more impressive was that they had built their fanatical following in a "DIY" fashion, such as in making their own self-funded videos. When Flom then heard their music and met the group, he decided that they were exactly what he'd been looking for, later commenting to HitQuarters:
|“||They are bringing back what has been missing for over a decade: they are rock heroes that are truly larger than life. The make-up, the hair, the leather, and most importantly they have great songs, great playing …||”|
Flom then made a deal with Neil Sheehan, founder of StandBy Records, to sign the band over to Lava.
Tours, Set the World on Fire, and EP (2011)EditBlack Veil Brides members Jake Pitts (left) and CC (right) at a signing table delivering autographs for their fans.
Black Veil Brides supported the Murderdolls in the "God Save The Scream Tour" 2011 and also toured America on the AP Tour from March 18 to May 6.The band continued on to the Vans Warped Tour, which began June 24, 2011 and ended August 14 of the same year. The band also performed at festivals such as the Download Festival in the UK and Bamboozle. On April 20, it was revealed the band had won Revolver Magazine's Golden Gods Award for Best New Artist, the title for Kerrang!'s Best Newcomers, and were nominated for the title of Kerrang!'s Best International Newcomer.
The band's second studio album, Set the World on Fire was released on June 14, 2011 by Lava Music/Universal Republic Records. The cover art was released in April. The title track from Set the World on Fire was planned for use in the movie Scream 4. At the news of the song not being used the band released a statement and an extended song preview. It was later announced on May 23 that the song was to be featured in the movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
A clip of the album's lead single, "Fallen Angels", was released in late April. It was then fully released in the UK on May 1. The US release was pushed from May 3 to May 10 to be given for free with the pre-order of Set the World on Fire on iTunes. Because "Fallen Angels" was delayed, the band released a preview of the song "Youth and Whisky" on May 3. The album's next single was The Legacy, with a music video filmed by Patrick Fogarty that premiered on YouTube on June 6, 2011. The band played at the Rock am Ring festival at the Nürburgring motorsport complex in Nürburg, Germany in June 2011.Their third single from Set the World on Fire was Rebel Love Song, which also had a music video directed by Patrick Fogarty. The video was released on YouTube on October 19. On October 25, the band announced that they had to cancel tour dates for "certain reasons". It was later announced that it was because Andy had broken his nose on the drum set rising platform during a performance. Despite the injury, which was bad enough for people to notice that he was having difficulty breathing and talking, he was determined to finish the show. After a visit from the doctor, he was told to sit back for a few weeks to rest and heal. They announced that they would return to tour for the beginning of the Buried Alive Tour with Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, andHollywood Undead. It was also announced via Andy's Twitter that they would be releasing an EP entitled "Rebels". They released a trailer on YouTube which shows Andy recording vocals for theircover of the song "Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol, which was to appear on the EP. Another trailer for the EP was released, in which Andy gives a little bit more details about it. The third and final trailer about the EP was released on November 14, in which Andy gets into detail about the track "Coffin" which was a left over song from the previous album Set the World On Fire that was to be released on the EP. In an interview with Chris Droney from Glasswerk National, they hinted that there would be a guest guitarist to appear on the EP, who eventually turned out to be Zakk Wylde from Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society, who plays the guitar solo on the cover version of the song Unholy, originally performed by Kiss. Rebels was eventually released on December 12, 2011. A brand new Black Veil Brides song, titled "Unbroken", appeared on the soundtrack to the movie The Avengers on May 1, 2012. The song is from their upcoming 2012 album.
Upcoming album (2012)Edit
Regarding the band's next album, Jinxx and Jake told Chris Droney in an interview for Glasswerk National that the band are constantly writing new music, and are planning on recording their next major LP in April 2012. On February 18, Jake Pitts tweeted, "Amazing stuff. This next record is going to kick your arses," implying a third album is under production. In a February 2012 interview, Ashley Purdy announced that the band's third studio album is scheduled to be released at the end of 2012. On May 2, Black Veil Brides had this to announce: "As of today, we have officially began recording our new album which will be released on October 30th!"
|2011||Black Veil Brides||Alternative Press: Band of the Year Award||Won||—|
|2011||Black Veil Brides||MTV Favorite Breakthrough Band of 2011||Nominated||—|
|2011||Andy Biersack||Revolver Magazine's 100 Greatest Living Rock Stars 2011||Won||N/A|
|2011||Set the World on Fire||Revolver Magazine's 20 Best Albums of 2011||Won||5th|
|2011||Black Veil Brides||Revolver Magazine's Golden God Awards: Best New Band 2011||Won||—|
|2011||"The Legacy"||Revolver Magazine's Song of the Year 2011||Nominated||2nd|
|2011||Black Veil Brides for "Fallen Angels"||WGRD’s 2011 Favorite Listener Band of The Year||Nominated||2nd|
|2012||Jake Pitts and Jinxx||Revolver Magazine's Golden God Awards: Best Guitarists 2012||Won||—|
|"—" denotes a nomination that did not place or places were not relevant in the award.|
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Black Veil Brides at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Left to right: Christian "CC" Coma, Ashley Purdy, Andy Biersack, Jake Pitts and Jinxx.
|Origin||Hollywood, California, US|
|Genres||Glam metal,metalcore,hard rock,post-hardcore(early)|
Ashley Purdy Jinxx Jake Pitts Christian Coma