Never mind the mascara: Black Veil Brides are next up in the Buffalo.com Presents… concert series
blog by Ben Kirst • January 09, 2013 @ 11:31am
They look like the old-school version of Motley Crue, they make the devil’s music and they’re coming to Buffalo this month—say hello, everyone, to The Black Veil Brides.
The next event in the Buffalo.com Presents… concert series is The Black Veil Brides with William Control and local metalcore up-and-comers Don’t Be A Hero as part of the Church of the Wild Ones tour at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Club Infinity (8166 Main St., Williamsville). The Buffalo.com Presents… concert series is supported by After Dark Entertainment. Tickets are $18 pre-sale and are available online.
The Black Veil Brides are a heavy-shredding outfit based in Hollywood who mix post-hardcore, metalcore and glam to create thunderous, riff-fueled mayhem that remains surprisingly accessible. The band—led by vocalist Andy Biersack, who has worked with a rotating crew of musicians since relocating from Ohio to the West Coast at the tender age of 17—is currently touring in support of its just-released album, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones.
“We’ve tapped into some of the influences that, as songwriters, we haven’t really played with yet,” Biersack told Revolver Magazine in a recent interview. “The record has just as much influence from Sisters of Mercy or Nine Inch Nails as it does Social Distortion, as it does Metallica or Slayer or anything else.”
Wretched and Divine is a concept record tied together on themes of totalitarian authority, dystopian abuses of power and the struggle for personal and spiritual freedom in the face of relentless conformity.
“I’ve always been a big fan of utopian, future, new world stories—‘V For Vendetta,’ comic books, graphic novels,” Biersack noted in an interview with Billboard Magazine. “(Wretched and Divine) is not really an anti-religion story—more than anything, it’s based on the concept of the five of us in the band as these Che Guevara, rebellious leaders unified against this big church/government bad guy. It became something that was really fun to write, and when we went to start working with John Feldmann…he started asking me, ‘What’s going on in your life? What’s been inspiring you?’ I told him I wrote this story and it expanded from there.”
Black Veil Brides also filmed a 45-minute movie, Legion of the Black, to accompany the new album. So far, Legion of the Black has been screened on a limited basis in Los Angeles and on Facebook.
You can’t really talk about Black Veil Brides without mentioning the look—the circa-1983, cover-of-Shout-At-The-Devil-inspired glam getup that the band takes onstage. For Buffalo metal fans raised on a WEDG-diet of second-wave British bands, 1990s-era grunge and nu metal, it may be difficult to take Black Veil Brides seriously at first glance—but that’s a sartorial risk Biersack is willing to take. And after all, it should be about the music, right?
“Sometimes bands act as if the audience has paid to come bask in their artistry and all they need to do is stand there in a T-shirt and jeans and aren’t they wonderful?” the singer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “But we want to go out onstage and show you the greatest thing that you can see for the money that you’ve paid. It just boils down to that.”