We spoke to Andy and CC about EVERYTHING.
We recently caught up with both Andy Biersack and Christian Coma of Black Veil Brides to talk everything happening with the band.
Here are some snippets...
'VALE' HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. HOW DID CREATING IT BECOME SUCH A LENGTHY PROCESS?
Says Andy Biersack: “What started as pre-production sessions in December of 2015 turned into a mentality of, ‘let’s get started’. The problem was that ‘let’s get started’ on this record didn’t really sync with the schedule that our producer [John Feldmann] had laid out for his year. I'd finished the Andy Black record and was not really ready to go out of the studio. I was having so much fun doing it, we’d written so much material and towards the end of that record, me and John started writing material for what we thought would be the Black Veil record. We ended the Andy Black record at the end of November and by mid-December we were full bore into the Black Veil record. That was cool, but the problem that it presented was that we hadn’t really accounted for the fact that there were other schedules in the world other than me and Black Veil Brides! John had to start working on the Blink-182 record ['California'], so that presented an interesting situation where we had already begun work on this Black Veil record and we were excited to get it going, but we couldn't actually get all the way to the end."
Says Christian Coma: "On the last record we were a little more experimental and we were working on different parts. This time, we went in, everyone handled their job and that was it. I was done in two days, I did half the record in one day and then a few months later I did the other half, so I’ve been done with my recording on the record for well over a year. Since then a lot of things have changed so it was quite an interesting process this time because we’ve never really done it so convoluted. But I’m really happy with the way everything came out and I think everyone else is too."
WITH ANDY BLACK, YOUR ACTING CAREER, YOUR TELEVISION SHOW - YOU'RE A PERSONALITY WHO ISN'T DEFINED PURELY BY BLACK VEIL BRIDES. WHAT HAS MADE YOU WANT TO COME BACK TO IT, ANDY?
Andy: “It was never the intention to go away from the band entirely, I think that the idea was to try and establish other things that I’ve always wanted to do without dirtying the “brand”, I hate the term but whatever the band is, whatever it represents, it had to be kept separate. I didn’t want it to become a case of, ‘Remember when BVB went into that New Wave period because Andy got a hare up his ass and wanted to do it?’ I didn’t want that to be the case so it really just became a case of, ‘Well... I can just do something else'. You can’t do every continent and every country for nine months of the year, for four of five years straight, without feeling like you're going crazy. That really was the case by October or November of 2015. Everybody has different projects, whether it’s Jake [Pitts, guitar] and his wife who have a band, Chris [Coma, drums] and Ashley [Purdy, bass] both have things that they work on in their lives that are non-music related, Jinxx [guitar / violin] is scoring movies... there’s always something going on in everybody’s life. It just felt like the time was needed, collectively."
HOW WAS THE BREATHER FOR YOU CHRIS?
CC: “Y’know it was nice to take a breather, I mean we’ve been going at it for 10 years – pretty hardcore – the break was a little bit longer than I expected and or wanted it to be, but I mean what are you going to do? Everyone’s doing their own thing. I had a hand injury at the end of the last tour and had some tendinitis on my left hand, so 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 it all, it kinda got a little boring over here, so I'm definitely ready to get back out on the road and see everybody all over again.”
HAS ONE OF THE MAIN APPEALS OF RETURNING TO THE BAND BEEN TO GET BACK IN THAT ROOM TOGETHER, AND RECONNECT AS FRIENDS AND BANDMATES?
Andy: “At this point we all live in different places - we’ve all been emailing back and forth and communicating that way for some time - and now is when everything really kicks off with getting together. I’ve spent my entire adult life with these people and we’re going to share this next experience together, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Being one-fifth of a band is a pretty cool thing - you get to share all this stuff with people who have lived the same moments as you for years and years. It’s a double-edged sword at times, because everything we do is the same. We're on the same planes, in the same hotels eating the same food... there's nothing to talk about after a while. So now that we've had these years apart, we're going to have plenty to say! It's going to be a family reunion."
CC: “Yeah absolutely, I mean everyone’s done their thing, everyone’s kinda gone their separate ways and it’s not like there’s a falling out or we got in an argument or anything - and I know there’s been so many rumours among the fanbase, ‘BVB’s breaking up, look at what this person wrote, they’re definitely breaking up!’ - but everyone’s just grown up a little bit. Andy’s sober and got super healthy and it’s a different era from when we were young and reckless and throwing things out of windows! So it’s definitely going to be fun to get together, I don’t think all five of us have been in a room together since we did the record so it’ll be very nice, I’m excited for it, to have all five of us together in the touring environment again and catch up with all the dudes.”
AND ANDY, YOU'RE HARD AT WORK ON THE NEW ANDY BLACK ALBUM ALREADY - HOW ARE YOU PLANNING ON BALANCING IT WITH BVB GOING FORWARD?
Andy: "At this point, I shift my focus 100 per cent to Black Veil Brides - to the tour, to the release of the record - all that stuff is my priority. I’ve got about 14 or 15 songs recorded [for Andy Black], about nine or 10 of which are ready to go on an album, but any new Andy Black record would probably not come out until the end of 2018 or the start of 2019."
WERE EVERYTHING ELSE TO GET EVEN BIGGER NEXT YEAR, BE IT ANDY BLACK OR ANY OTHER COMMITMENTS, COULD THEY POTENTIALLY TAKE OVER FROM BVB COMPLETELY?
Andy: “That's a difficult thing to say because I know that I’ll be misunderstood, and I know that fans reading this will read more into this than I think that they should, but I will say that I don’t think that we live in a world where Black Veil will ever tour as consistently, as constantly and as tirelessly as we did when we were younger. I don’t think that it’s practical, I don’t think any of us are in that place and I also don’t think it’s fair to the fans. We want to deliver things that are fun and interesting, and exciting to the audience, and that might mean waiting a bit longer between cycles. We'll be able to create things that are more artistically fulfilling as a result, and hopefully better for the fans. We're at a point where Black Veil Brides is the most musically important thing in our lives, but also allows us to do different things. We don't want to suffocate it, ultimately. I think that letting it breathe, and being a bit more of an organic thing moving forward, will be the way to ensure it survives."
WHAT'S YOUR TAKE, CC?
CC: “Yeah, the older we get, I think having some time off and planning things and being smart - where we can tour but not spend 10 months of the year constantly doing it, giving everybody a little bit of space and breathing room - is really healthy for a group, especially when we’ve had nine or 10 years together in a bus. It’s not that we get in any arguments or fights, it’s just everyone has their life at home and it’s nice to relax. I have a family, Andy has a lot of things going on, so I think at this point keeping everybody happy makes everybody more productive. We love seeing the fans, but every once in a while it’s good to get your feet underneath you and not lose sight, so I think having some time off and us getting grounded again, it’ll give the fans a better experience because we’ll be more enjoyable to watch and we won’t be zombified so to speak!"
To read the full chat with Andy, you can order the brand new issue of Rock Sound here.
And to listen to both chats, tune into the Rock Sound Podcast this Friday here.
'Vale' is out January 12 via Lava / Republic Records.
The band also tour the UK with Asking Alexandria later this month. Dates below.
23 BIRMINGHAM Academy
24 MANCHESTER Academy
25 GLASGOW Academy
27 LONDON Brixton Academy