CC talks touring, fans and Black Veil Brides' new era.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR TIME AWAY FROM BLACK VEIL BRIDES DURING THE BREAK BETWEEN THE LAST ALBUM AND NOW?
Says Christian ‘CC’ Coma (drums): "It was nice to take a breather. I mean, we’ve been going at it for I don’t know, 10 years? Pretty hardcore! The break was a little bit longer than I expected and or wanted it to be, but what are you going to do? Everyone’s kind of doing their own thing. I had a hand injury at the end of the last tour so I had some tendonitis on my left hand and so to give my hand some time to rest and everything, it was really beneficial physically for me to have such an extended break. But I definitely missed performing for the fans and travelling the world and the excitement of all of it, it kind of got a little boring over here. I’m definitely ready to get back out on the road and see everybody all over again."
IT MUST BE GREAT TO PROPERLY REGROUP FOR THE ALBUM AND TOUR.
"There was a little bit of nerves like, ‘Oh man, I don’t know if I can still do it’. I’d watch videos of myself back – that sounds really douchey – just to be like, ‘How do I play this particular part? Or what do I do for here?’ And it was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I can do that! I don’t know how much energy I have!’ But getting the kit set back up and rehearsing, everyone says it’s like riding a bike and it kind of is, a lot of muscle memory came back and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s how I do this, that’s how I do that!’ and so I’m just excited. The funny thing is no matter how much I rehearse by myself or with the guys, it one hundred per cent will always be different performing for people, the energy I put into playing the drums, I don’t know if I hit harder because of my adrenaline or whatever, I could practice for a year straight and as soon as I go on tour I will be dying the first show, completely exhausted, my muscles are so swollen and fatigued and stuff and so it doesn’t matter how much I practice, performing for the fans is always a completely different experience, on so many different levels it’s really therapeutic and I’m really looking forward to doing that again."
HAVE YOU MISSED BEING IN A ROOM WITH THE BAND?
"Yeah absolutely. Everyone’s done their thing. I think Jake got married in the meantime while we’ve been off, everyone has their girls and everyone’s kind of gone their separate ways and it’s not like there’s a falling out or we got in an argument or anything. I know there’s been so many rumours among the fanbase, ‘BVB’s breaking up and this and that and look at what this person wrote, they’re definitely breaking up!’ They’re coming up with their own conspiracy theories which are actually kind of fun for me to read! But everyone’s just grown up a little bit, you know? Andy’s sober and got super healthy, he’s vegan now and it’s just a different era from when we were young and reckless and throwing things out of windows and stuff! I mean, who knows - we might be doing that again when it comes to tour! But everyone’s grown up a little but and calmed down, at this point in our career we all know what it’s like to tour, we all have wives and girlfriends and stuff like that and so, yeah it’s definitely going to be fun just the guys to get together."
WAS THE BREAK FRUSTRATING AT POINTS? OR WAS IT NICE TO HAVE TIME TO FOCUS ON YOURSELF?
"A little bit of both. The other day I went to see I Prevail, I had a bunch of friends playing like We Came As Romans, Escape The Fate and The Word Alive and it was kind of frustrating being like, Oh my God! It’s been so long,’ and I’m just like looking at them and there was a little bit of envy to be honest, that they were on stage. It was like, ‘Man, we’ve done so much touring and stuff, it’s been so long,’ I felt like there was something lacking in my life, performing for people and meeting the fans. I love seeing people’s faces light up, just the fact that I could take a picture or give them a hug or something and make their day, there’s no better feeling than that, so I guess I kinda missed that aspect of it, however it was nice like I was saying to have some time off and spend some time with family and my girlfriend and stuff."
Black Veil Brides are touring the UK soon with Asking Alexandria and To The Rats And Wolves.
Those dates are:
23 BIRMINGHAM Academy
24 MANCHESTER Academy
25 GLASGOW Academy
27 LONDON Brixton Academy