Black Veil Brides Isn’t Another Copycat Rock Band
By Chase Mix
Everyone should listen to the rock band Black Veil Brides. The band has worked hard to get to where they are now. Their songs have lots of meaning, are oftentimes about ordinary things, and high school students could certainly find something in their songs to relate to. Listeners new to Black Veil Brides should keep an open mind because they might discover what I did about the band: that they are amazing, electrifying, and entertaining.
The band, currently consisting of Andy Biersack, Ashley Purdy, Jinxx, Jake Pitts, and Christian Coma, formed in 2006. Since that time, the band’s style has changed quite a bit. Their first album, We Stitch These Wounds, was described by critics as mostly “metalcore,” a broad fusion between extreme metal and hardcore punk. On their second album, Set The World On Fire, their appearance changed to something that could be best described as glam rock/shock rock. Their sound also changed at this point from smooth singing and harsh screams to vocals that were clean but gruff. None of the changes were for the worse. However, people enjoy listening to both eras of their music.
First, their music is something everyone can relate to. Their songs are about everyday things like trouble, relationships, love, and adversity. It’s all stuff that happened to the band members or stuff they know about; it’s not about fantasy or stuff listeners can’t relate to. For example, their song, “Fallen Angels” is about not fitting in. “The Mortician’s Daughter” is about a failed relationship. ”Love Isn’t Always Fair” is about love not being fair, and “Lost It All” is about feeling like you lost it.
The lyrics of the songs are very meaningful, and aren’t afraid to express what they believe in.Their lyrics have a lot of meaning behind them. They have songs about betrayal, about being an outcast, as well as a love song or two. The inspiration, for example, behind their song “Knives And Pens” was the lead singer Andy Biersack’s tormented childhood. He was picked on and ridiculed for the way he dressed and the kind of music he listened to. The song describes the choice between a knife and a pen. Biersack chose the pen.
Also, there is the song “Lost It All” which is about how if one falls or feels like they have lost it all that it’s ok to be sad and unhappy. The song “The Mortician’s Daughter” is a song he wrote when he was 15 about his ex-girlfriend who he dated for six years. He moved to Ohio from California to pursue his dreams, but when he got back he found out she had cheated on him. The song was titled “The Mortician’s Daughter” because his ex-girlfriend’s father was a mortician.
Those are just some examples of how their songs are written about everyday things or things that happened to them. Oftentimes, songs written from these lived experiences are the most powerful and most easily relatable.
The band’s music has been inspired by numerous bands from the 1970s and 80s that are still going strong today. Bands like Kiss, The Damned, Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P. and Metallica.
There may be reasons why people might not like Black Veil Brides. For instance, they might think that the guitars don’t have much style, or that the drums are weak. Or they might not like the genre of the band. The way they dress might bother people as well—they might think they wear too much black or that they wear makeup, or too much of it. Also, people might dislike that they spend a lot of time on their hair. Or people might dislike the band members’ behaviors. For example, they might think they are really self-absorbed.
Obviously, not everyone will like Black Veil Brides. They are considered by many, however, to be a great band. People should give Black Veil Brides a chance because they’ve worked hard to get to where they are. Many of their fans enjoy their music, and the way they look. Personally, I like how much work they put into their songs and the ideas behind the songs. I like how I am able to relate to the songs, and that they are about everyday things. I also like the look of the band. Additionally, I like that I can hear what the lead singer is singing and that the instruments aren’t drowning out the words. So, in the end, you may like them or dislike them, it’s your own opinion. But don’t dismiss them outright. Give them a chance and see what you think for yourself.