The Pierce The Veil album is finally on the horizon. Why's it taken so long? What does 'Misadventures' mean? Vic Fuentes talks to Rock Sound about the journey that got PTV here.
IT’S NEW ALBUM TIME. RELIEVED? EXCITED?
"All of the above! I think I’m still in the relief stage, knowing that my life is ready for a new step."
WHY CALL IT ‘MISADVENTURES’?
"It sort of represents our lives over the last couple of years of making this record. All the different steps that were taken, the different places it took us. Places where we wrote, places where we recorded, places where we lived, every unexpected turn that this whole thing brought us. It was one of those things where you set out with a plan and you know that sometimes things don’t go the way that you planned. That’s sort of what happened. There were all these different, unexpected turns that came our way, and us trying to find the end of the album. That’s what that title represented."
HOW LONG HAVE YOU ACTUALLY BEEN WORKING ON THE SONGS THAT ENDED UP ON THE ALBUM?
"At least lyrically, I started working as soon as ‘Collide...’ was done, but as far as actually sitting down and writing after we were done touring... I think we worked on it for a couple of years. We took a big break in the middle to go on tour, which was sort of a necessary thing that we needed to do in the middle of it. That broke it up and added a lot of time."
WHEN DID YOU ACTUALLY FINISH?
"We got the final masters a couple of weeks ago. As soon as it was written – the last word – everything went into overdrive. It was crazy. We were like, ‘Alright, now that we know that it’s done, we can actually set a date, start planning' and all that stuff started flying."
SO... WHAT’S TAKEN SO LONG?
"We took our time writing and I lived in a couple of different places. I lived in a house in San Diego that I rented, I’ve lived in a cabin, I lived in the mountains for a month or so. I’ve lived in a lot of different places. That took some time. We wanted to make some cool songs and make some cool music, so we focused on that. When we had a good amount of ideas we went to the studio and we set out from the beginning trying to make one of the best sounding records that’s out there That was our goal. It’s like, ‘We know we can do this. We have a great producer, we’ve done a lot of records. Let’s make something that sounds better’. And we did that.
"We spent so much time having so much fun in the studio and making these songs sound sonically awesome. But then the more we did that, the clock was ticking on vocals and writing lyrics. I think I focused so much time on the music and by the time we started doing lyrics and stuff I think I’d been in the studio for three or four months already. I think we were just ready to try and get out of there. For the first time we went to record I was on my own. The guys left after like two months.
"I’m the kind of worker that’ll keep going and going and not stop myself, so basically somebody had to be like, ‘Hey, you’ve got to get out of there. Let’s go on tour. Let’s take a break and then we’ll go back and do the rest of it.’ And that’s kind of what we did. We went on tour and after that I went on a personal journey looking for the rest of the lyrics. I lived in a lot of different plces, a lot of Airbnbs – if you need any Airbnb advice I’m kind of an expert now! Worked in a couple of different studios in San Diego and LA, lived in Santa Barbara... and then by the end of it I moved to Seattle and finished the record at a hotel."
HAS THE ALBUM TURNED OUT HOW YOU EXPECTED IT TO?
"It’s definitely what we wanted. I think with every record it’s sort of an indescribable feeling when you know that it’s done. That’s the only way I can really describe it, knowing that you pushed everything until you felt a great feeling about every single song and every single note. It’s one of those things like since I was younger - I’d be working on a line over and over again and my mom would get so frustrated with me... I just get this feeling when it’s right! And it’s the same feeling with the record. When you know it’s done, it’s done."
DID YOU GET THE FEELING THAT YOUR FANS WERE GETTING RESTLESS?
"Everybody around you wants it to be done and I wish I could make a record in a week, but like I said I can’t put something out that isn’t our best work, and there were times when I had to rewrite songs and be like, ‘This doesn’t mean anything. These are just words that don’t mean anything to me and I can’t have that’. I put stress on myself and I kinda like that. It pushes me and my body to new lengths and I think that’s what it takes. You need to put everything on the line and put your health and your mind... you have to put everything you have into it, and that’s what we did."
'Misadventures' is out on May 13 via Fearless Records.