Band Bio

Black Veil Brides “Knives And Pens”


        Andy Biersack moved to California in 2009 to move forward with Black Veil Brides. He already had a following from playing shows around his home under the name Black Veil Brides. In February, Chris Hollywood teamed up with Andy and became the guitar player for BVB. In March, Sandra Alvarenga joined the band on drums.
Black Veil Brides took off after the release of the music video for the song “Knives and Pens” on June 17th, 2009. David Sasik played the boy in the video who was bullied at school. The video was directed by Patrick Fogarty and it quickly gained attention, receiving over 60,000 views in the first 6 days. They made it into the Top 100 viewed musicians on Youtube on June 1th8 and also reached the Top 20 “Most Favorited” and Top 50 “Most Discussed” videos on Youtube.

      Pan (guitar) and Ashley Purdy (bass) joined the band in July 2009. The band played a “debut show” on August 29th at the Bipolar Art Show at the Exhibit A gallery in Los Angeles. Black Veil Brides soon signed to Standby Records.  In September of 2009 Chris Hollywood left the band due to personal conflicts and in November, Pan also left the band.
Jake Pitts and Jinxx (both on guitar) joined Black Veil Brides. The band went on the “On Leather Wings Tour” in December 2009 and the “Royal Family Tour” in March/April of 2010 with From First To Last, Eyes Set To Kill, and Confide.


Black Veil Brides “Perfect Weapon”

    Black Veil Brides started recording their debut album in February 2010 and involved their fans as much as possible. The band invited fans to be a part of a shoot in Hollywood that would be used for the album artwork and also invited fans to track gang vocals for the album. The band held a listening party for their album on June 19 at the Exhibit A Gallery and they released the album, We Stitch These Wounds, on July 20, 2010 on Standby Records. The album got into the Top 40 of Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and got to number one on the Independent chart. We Stitch These Wounds has currently sold over 100,000 copies (as of October 2012).
In May, the band announced they would be making a new music video and again wanted the fans help. An open call was put out for fans to join the band for the shoot in Los Angeles. The video, “Perfect Weapon,” was released June 15, 2010. The single “Perfect Weapon” was released on June 8th and reached the Top 50 on iTunes on its first day.


The AP Tour Spring 2011

    Black Veil Brides headlined the “Sacred Ceremony Tour” in July/August 2010 with Vampires Everywhere!, Modern Day Escape, and Get Scared.  In September, Sandra left the band and Christian Coma (CC) took her place playing drums.
In October/November 2010, Black Veil Brides headlined the “Entertainment or Death” tour with Motionless in White and William Control.  On October 10th, bassist Ashley Purdy took a fall that resulted in a fractured jaw and nose. Ashley had to take a couple weeks off the tour, but the band continued on. Ashley rejoined the band on tour on October 28th.
In February, Black Veil Brides supported the Murderdolls on a tour in the UK. In March 2011 Black Veil Brides went to Japan for a short tour. While in Japan, they experienced an 8.9 magnitude earth quake and had to end the tour early. In March-May of 2011 Black Veil Brides headlined the AP Tour with Conditions, Versaemerge, I See Stars, and Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows. On March 26th, BVB played at Extreme Thing Sports and Music Festival.

Set The World On Fire

Jinxx, Rock On The Range

    The band started recording their second album in early 2011. This record was their first on Universal Republic/Lava Records. “Fallen Angels” was the first single for this album and was released on May 9, 2011. The single was quickly followed by a music video, released on May 24th and directed by Nathan Cox. Just days later, the band announced that they would release another music video, for their song “The Legacy,” on May 31st, directed by Patrick Fogarty. Black Veil Brides second album, Set The World On Fire, was released on June 14th, 2011. The album reached the Top 20 on the Billboard chart, #2 on the Hard Rock charts and #3 on the Rock charts. The track “Set The World On Fire” was used on the “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” soundtrack.
In May, Black Veil Brides played at Rock On The Range. Black Veil Brides won “Best New Artist” in the Revolver Golden God Awards and “Best International Newcomer” in the Kerrang! Awards, both in June 2010.

Kerrang! Award for “Best New International Artist”

Sweden Rock Festival June 8, 2011

      The band went to Europe in June for a festival run. Black Veil Brides played at Rock AM Ring in Germany on June 3rd and at Rock Im Park on June 5th. On June 7th the band played at “The Rock” in Copenhagen, Denmark.  On June 8th, they played at the Sweden Rock festival. Black Veil Brides went to the UK for Download festival from June 10-12 and played on the 12th.
After returning to the US, the band played a few more events before going on Warped Tour, which would start on June 24th. On the 17th, they performed on the show The Daily Habit on Fuel TV (although it was not aired until later). On the 18th, Black Veil Brides put on a free show in Hollywood. During the show, Andy fell from a wall and shattered three ribs. Due to this injury, he would have to miss the beginning of Warped Tour. The band went on Warped Tour without him and, although they were unable to perform, did signings for the fans. Andy joined the band on July 1st in Pomona, California to play the rest of Warped Tour.

          In October 2011, Black Veil Brides went on a headlining tour in Europe with My Passion and Yashin. They played all over Europe, and took a short break to fly to Japan for the V-Rock festival on October 23rd. On October 26th, while performing in Luxembourg, Andy broke his nose when he smashed his face into CC’s drum riser. They had to cancel the next two shows, but Andy did perform October 29th in London. However, after the show he was in extreme pain and was advised by a doctor to not finish the tour at risk of causing further damage. The remaining three shows were canceled, but the rest of the band remained in the UK to do scheduled interviews and to host a Halloween party for the fans in place of the show they were supposed to play. Also in October, the band released their music video for Rebel Love Song which was also directed by Patrick Fogarty.

November 26, Photo by Tierney Irene

     In November, the band embarked on the “Buried Alive” Tour which ran from November 23rd to December 17th. Avenged Sevenfold headlined the tour and Asking Alexandria and Hollywood Undead were also supporting acts. On December 13th, they released the ‘Rebels’ EP with consisted of two covers, ‘Rebel Yell’ (Billy Idol cover) and ‘Unholy’ (KISS cover), and one new song ‘Coffin.’ The EP also included an extended version of their ‘Rebel Love Song’ music video. ‘Rebels’ was released exclusively on iTunes. While on the Buried Alive Tour, Black Veil Brides recorded a live video for ‘Rebel Yell’ along with some backstage/pre-show footage for the video.
To start off 2012, Black Veil Brides went to Mexico and South America for the first time. They played a show in Mexico on January 12 followed by shows in Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. Shortly after returning to the states, they left for Australia. In the end February and beginning of March they played Soundwave and Sidewave shows. Later in March they went on the Rebels Tour with Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows. This tour included Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.
They then returned to the US and on April 11th they performed at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. During their set, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister joined them on stage for a song. Jake and Jinxx also won Best Guitarists that night.
We then started officially hearing news of the band working on their third album. Andy posted a vlog saying that they were tracking songs and their interviews from the Golden Gods also indicated that they were working on the album.

    On May 1, the soundtrack for the movie Avengers Assemble was released and it included a brand new song from Black Veil Brides, ‘Unbroken’. Also in May, the band announced that their third album would be released on October 30, 2012.
On June 7, the band attended the Kerrang! Awards and they won Best Single for ‘Rebel Love Song’. Andy gave a classic acceptance speech which included “We won, so suck it.” On June 9, the band played the main stage at Download Festival. After Download Festival, Black Veil Brides played some shows in Europe supporting Motley Crue and Slash and they also played a few headlining shows. They performed at Greenfield Festival on June 17 then had to cancel the remaining dates of the tour due to a death in Andy’s family. On June 13 the band released the music video for ‘Coffin’ to fans who had signed up to receive the newsletter.
Shortly after returning to the US the band started working hard on their third album. They announced that the previous release date of October 30 would have to be pushed back to January of 2013. The band also divulged that both William Control and Bert McCracken would be doing guest vocals on the album.


In October, Black Veil Brides released the album artwork, title, tracklist, and release date for their third full-length album, Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones.  At the end of October, the album became available for pre-order and the first single, “In The End” was released. “In The End” was also used for WWE Hell In A Cell. Also in October, fans were invited to take part in their music video for “In The End” and their film Legion Of The Black. The music video for “In The End”  premiered on December 12, 2012.
Wretched and Divine was released on January 8, 2013 on Universal Republic/Lava Records and it reached #1 on the iTunes charts, #7 on the Billboard Top 200, and #1 on BBC Radio 1 Rock Chart. William Control performed the voice of F.E.A.R. on the album in each of the “Transmission” tracks and in the song “Shadows Die.” Bert McCracken of The Used appears on the song “Days Are Numbered” and both Roberta Freeman and Juliet Simms have guest vocals on the song “Lost It All.”
Black Veil Brides also made a 45-minute film titled Legion Of The Black to accompany Wretched and Divine. The film was directed by Patrick Fogarty and it tells the story of The Wild Ones’ battle against F.E.A.R. (For Every and All Relgion). The movie premiered in Los Angeles in December. It was limited to theaters in Los Angeles and New York, but it was made available for everyone to view on Facebook on January 6. The film is tentatively set to be released on DVD in the summer of 2013.

 On January 4th, the band began the Church Of The Wild Ones Tour in Las Vegas, NV. This tour is scheduled to go through April of 2013 and includes the USA and Europe. There is a break in February during which the band will be doing the Kerrang! Tour in the UK.

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