Let’s face it. There are very few mainstream bands or artists that have been born and bred in San Diego. Many who have made their start here have made the great migration north. Some settled here later. However, one of the few who, with a huge social media presence, tons of fans, and 3 albums (with a 4th on the way), have found their footing in this sunny city is Pierce the Veil.
Formed in 2007, these post-hardcore locals, currently under Fearless Records label, have released 3 studio albums and are currently on the verge of releasing their 4th album. Their most recent album, Collide with the Sky, was released in 2012 to favorable reviews and their single, King for a Day.
Bassist Jaime Preciado spoke to us about the tour, upcoming new album, and working with Sleeping with Sirens.
Pierce the Veil is no stranger working with Sleeping with Sirens. Singer of SWS, Kellin Quinn, joined Pierce the Veil on their hit track “King for a Day,” which helped land the band’s album. Collide with the Sky, at number 12 on the Billboard charts.
About their first leg of tour, Preciado remarks, “It was awesome. We’ve toured with SWS in the past, but this time around, I think our bands are at different points in our career. It was kind of special for us to be able to tour on that kind of scale. The shows were awesome. A lot of them sold out. And a lot of the places we played, we’ve never played before. We played in venues we’ve never done. Bigger venues like arenas. For us it was pretty intense. We were really excited to be able to do that kind of stuff. Going from playing 600-700 capped rooms to playing 4,000 capped rooms, it was like ‘Are there even that many people in this city?’”
With a new album on the way, one would think it would be daunting to have to follow up with the bar set very high. Preciado doesn’t seem too worried. “Yeah its always in the back of your head, but we approach it the same way we approach every album. We want to top, not just the record that we’ve done, but we want to top ourselves.”
Teaming up with Rockstar Energy and Sleeping with Sirens, the boys of Pierce the Veil are just starting off the second leg of their world tour, the first performance being at San Diego’s Viejas Arena.
The crowd was already pumped following Sleeping with Sirens electric performance. But when the curtain in front of the stage rose, cheers filled the arena. The lights fell and silhouettes of the quartet were illuminated from behind the curtain. As the first song, “Hell Above,” began, the curtain fell and the start of the tour for Pierce the Veil officially began as confetti rained down. The energy of the boys was contagious. Preciado head banged and launched from his riser. Guitarist Tony Perry paced the stage and flung his guitar about, while still managing to play with precision. Back on drums is Mike Fuentes, and up front and center, his brother Vic balancing performing, playing guitar, and singing.
The camaraderie in the band is evident. These are people who enjoy what they do, and enjoy the people they do it with. Their songs, according to Preciado, are written with the understanding that they have to be performed live. In fact, catering their songs to be like have gained them the “Best Live Band” at last year’s Alternative Press Award.
“We started thinking that way. Like “why don’t we have this [song] on the record? It’s fun to play, fun to do, let’s just put it on the record. When the fans got involved with that, we thought about ‘How fast can people jump?’ We mapped that out in the studio, stuff people wouldn’t normally do. We realize were going to play these songs for kids so why not make them as fun as possible. We’re going to play these songs for years after too, so why not make them fun to play.”
Despite a high energy show, there is a beautiful contrast as Vic steps out to perform an acoustic version of “I’m Low on Gas, and You Need a Jacket.” The crowd sings along with every lyric, holding onto every note from Vic’s guitar. The night ends with another confetti shower, with the band’s hit “King for a Day.” Quinn joins the band on stage to drive the night, the show, and the beginning of the tour home.
The band is touring the US for their 2nd leg of the tour, and will soon make their way over to the UK and Europe for the final leg.