[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Black Veil Brides[/lastfm] are a five-piece metal band composed of Andrew “Andy Sixx” Biersack, Ashley Purdy, Jake Pitts, Jinxx, and Christian Coma. They’re the latest prodigy for love/hate discourse, summoning a feverish resurrection of 80’s glam metal, and interlaced with modern day’s screamo. A byproduct of bands like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]KISS[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Motley Crue[/lastfm], but for the next generation of metal fiends and neophytes.
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You may be asking yourself, “What the hell is KROQ thinking covering these ridiculously garbed, make up wearing fools?” Well, as we discovered at last year’s Epicenter, Black Veil Brides are being followed by millions upon millions of rabid goth and emo kids around the world.
Saturday night, I attended the Black Veil Brides free signing and performance recognizing their major label debut, Set The World On Fire, at Hot Topic in Hollywood. I showed up a bit early to converse with their dedicated and impressively decorated fan base, and discover what makes this band stick for so many. I even witnessed one heroic recovery by lead vocalist “Andy Sixx” who broke some ribs after a dive from a balcony went terribly awry.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
“It’s not what’s on the outside that counts, it’s what’s on the inside.”
These are nuggets of knowledge you’ve heard by a parent or teacher since grade school. Sure, they’re trite beyond measure, but the message holds true. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Black Veil Brides[/lastfm] are a band that’s received its share of criticism by the every day Joe Shmo who ask themselves, “Who likes this band?” Well Joe, there are millions, or more appropriately, an army of millions who have attached themselves to these guys.
Black Veil Brides speak for the outcasts. The kids who are picked on for their “unpopular” or “outside the norm” image. When so many detach themselves, and simply point fingers, a band such as this surrogates as respite for their fans. Many of which who arrived at the Hot Topic in Hollywood before dawn for a 5 PM signing. A seventeen-year-old female expressed this outlook, “They stand up for what you believe in no matter what you’ve been called, whether it’s ’emo’ or ‘fag.’ They stand up for people that have been teased, and they sing good music!” It’s the exterior qualities that receive the blunt majority of criticism. The omnipresent black, long hair, and goth-like face decor. Yes, it can be quite shocking, maybe even scary to foreign observers, but these “brothers” and “sisters” feel together, exuding the embrace and positivity that’s lacking at school or home.