Pierce the Veil

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Who Sounds like Pierce the Veil?

A post-hardcore quartet, Pierce the Veil was formed by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes in 2006. During high school, the brothers had been part of a different band, Before Today (previously Early Times), that enjoyed an enthusiastic cult following of surfers and skaters. The name Pierce the Veil actually comes from a Before Today song and was inspired by the sociological idea of the same title.

To pierce the veil means to go to the source of a problem and cut it out or deal with it directly, and this concept has been a source of inspiration for Vic as the primary lyricist. The band continues to develop their sound and has been playing over 200 shows a year since the release of their debut album.

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Pulling from post-hardcore, emo, and progressive rock genres, Pierce the Veil cites classic punk bands like NOFX and Pennywise as inspiration for their music and lyrics. Other, more immediate predecessors like Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Thrice also had a direct effect on the group’s overall sound and image.

Bands similar to Pierce the Veil tend to experiment with genre-crossing. Though post-hardcore vocalizations and loud, fast music are indicative of most bands like Pierce the Veil, many also incorporate pop beats and other interesting musical elements. Some such similar sounding groups include:

  • Sleeping with Sirens
  • Chiodos
  • A Day to Remember
  • All Time Low
  • Mayday Parade

As avid tourers, Peirce the Veil is often grouped with bands of similar tastes and styles for shows. Some other groups they’ve gone on tour with and have advocated for include The Amity Affliction, You Me at Six, From First to Last, Emery, The Devil Wears Prada, and Four Letter Lie.

Biography

Brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes founded the band in San Diego in 2006. Vic is the group’s leading songwriter, as well as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and one of the guitarists. Mike plays the drums and other percussion instruments. Other members include lead guitarist Tony Perry and bassist and backing vocalist Jamie Preciado.

The band has won several awards throughout the years for their unique, live energy and outstanding videography. Additionally, they’ve received honors for Best Breakthrough Artist in 2010 and Band of the Year, as voted by the readers of the British magazine Rock Sound, in 2013.

History

In high school, the Fuentes brothers played in the band Before Today, backed by a cult following. The indie group was so well-loved that Before Today was signed with the label Equal Vision Records, who continued to carry the band even after it transformed into Pierce the Veil.

The first album released under their new identity, A Flair for the Dramatic, was produced entirely by the brothers. They played all the instruments and recorded all the vocals as a duo. Shortly after the album dropped in June 2007, the group gained Perry and Preciado as members. Pierce the Veil spent much of 2007 and nearly all of 2008 touring with other, similar artists.

Almost exactly three years after their first album was released, the group’s second album, Selfish Machines, dropped and made it to number 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Again, Pierce the Veil took on an extensive tour schedule, playing festivals like Bamboozle Left, South by Southwest, and Vans Warped Tour for the second time.

Between the release of their second and third studio albums, the group contributed covers of Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” to the compilations Punk Goes Classic Rock and Punk Goes Pop 4, respectively.

Toward the end of summer in 2011, Pierce the Veil signed with a larger record label, Fearless Records. The band spent time recording their third album and touring with various, similar sounding groups before their record became available for purchase in July 2012. To promote the album, Pierce the Veil played the Warped Tour for a third time, finally earning a performance slot on the event’s main stage.

Given their extensive tour history, Pierce the Veil decided to capitalize on their experiences by producing a documentary about their first world tour. This Is a Wasteland, the DVD, was released in November 2013. In addition to their non-stop tour schedule, the band is set to release a currently untitled fourth studio album.

Music

Pierce the Veil takes distinguishing characteristics from various genres to create an interesting and memorable sound. Most of their vocals are typical of post-hardcore music. Evoking human screams, Vic Fuentes delivers lyrics with yelps, growls, or similar vocal techniques.

Great for blowing off steam, Pierce the Veil songs are often loud and fast. Additionally, the lyrics are indicative of the emo genre and often reflect upon human nature, failure, relationships, frustrations, and other everyday emotions.

Discography

  • A Flair for the Dramatic (2007) – The band’s debut album was recorded exclusively by the founding brothers and features the single “Yeah Boy and Doll Face”
  • Selfish Machines (2010) – Reached the number one spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and features A Day to Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon on the well-received single “Caraphernelia”
  • Collide with the Sky (2012) – Selling over 27,000 copies in its first week, the album led to the band’s most successful headlining tour and features the beloved single “King for a Day”

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