Black Veil Brides: The Gun Shy Interview

Black Veil Brides

Here’s some breaking news for you Black Veil Brides fans: The band has been confirmed for next summer’s Warped Tour. Yes, the 2011 installment. Ain’t that cool? So there’s some breaking news for you, straight from frontman Andy Six, who spoke to Gun Shy Assassin earlier today from his tour bus, as it weaved its way across UpState New York, passed mountains lush with fiery, amber foliage.

Black Veil Brides are currently on the road in support of their debut We Stitch These Wounds, headlining a tour with Motionless in White and William Control. And they’ll be touring for much of the next year, basically. There’s a tour next month with The Birthday Massacre followed by some recording in December, a run of the United Kingdom in January, and then, a U.S. headliner in the spring. And then, of course, it’ll be Warped Tour time, “and we’re excited about that,” Six says.

But how’s this tour been treating the band? “We’ve gotten a pretty good response at every show. The thing about our fanbase, for the most part, is that they come to go crazy,” Six tells me. “They dress up in the paint, and they have the make-up and everything. They come prepared for a good time.”

And Black Veil Brides is intent on making sure that happens. They’re also intent on getting new music out to fans as soon as possible and have already been working on material for their next album, which they’ll start recording later this year with Motley Crue and Aerosmith producer Marti Frederiksen, Six says.

“Honestly, I think a lot of bands, they put out a record they’re happy with and then they sort of rest on their laurels,” the singer starts. “They like the record they have and they’re not ready to make another one. They go off, and they grow beards and sit in their house in the woods by themselves for two years and they’re happy with the fact that they made a good record, and they’re not really anxious to make new songs for fans. But for us, our fans want more stuff, and it is our responsibility — while we’re still the band that made the first record — to make another record as soon as possible. We want to improve what we did on the last record and make a better one.”

But the band’s hard to peg. According to Wikipedia, Black Veil Brides is a “screamo” band. Six laughs.

“Our Wikipedia page is riddled with errors,” he says. “You can’t take any information for our Wikipedia page. And I really honestly could not care less what labels people attribute to our music. If people come to our show and they’re really into screamo bands and they listen to us and enjoy us and they leave the show and say ‘Oh that was a great screamo band,’ that’s great. I don’t care. If a punk rock kid comes to our show and wants us to be a punk rock band, that’s what we are. I don’t put much thought into sub-genres. We are whatever people need us to be — a metal band, a punk band, a screamo band, a glam rock band. At the end of the day, we’re a rock and roll band. To the rest of the world, I don’t really care what they think.”

And that, my friends, is about as rock and roll as it gets.

Black Veil Brides tour dates:

11/3: Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone
11/4: St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
11/5: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/6: Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
11/7: San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/8: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/9: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
11/13: Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
11/14: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
11/15: San Diego, CA @ Soma Sidestage
11/17: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
11/18: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11/20: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/21: Boise, ID @ The Big Easy
11/22: Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
11/23: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
11/24: Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court
11/26: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s Concert Theatre
11/27: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
11/28: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Down Under

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