Pierce the Veil Release “Today I Saw the Whole World EP”

Pierce the Veil have released a short EP featuring their latest single, “Today I Saw the Whole World” along with an acoustic rendition of the song. “Today I Saw the Whole World” was included on last year’s album Misadventures and is one of the heavier tracks the band have penned (and arguably the best song on the album).

Thus, it’s exciting to hear an acoustic version of the track, which features a delicate acoustic guitar and scaled back vocals from Vic Fuentes. Whereas the original version finds venom in Fuentes’ words, this new acoustic rendition displays a broken soul. Vic’s opening lines of, “Baby, pour over / Tell me are we concrete? / What would you do without my perfect company to your undressed spine?” feel desperate instead of determined.

The best acoustic tracks tend to dig into new emotions that full band versions can’t completely capture, and “Today I Saw the Whole World” certainly excels. Take a listen below:

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Pierce the Veil Explode on We Will Detonate Tour

A masked intruder enters the stage from behind a curtain, greeted by the screams of those in attendance at the Egyptian Room in downtown Indianapolis. As the anticipation builds, the masked man ignites a box labeled “TNT,” dropping the curtain and unleashing a wave of streamers and confetti as Pierce the Veil rip into rapid opener “Texas is Forever”.

It was just two years ago that the post-hardcore act from San Diego graced this very same stage as I pondered the extended wait for their fourth full-length album. That release came at long last in 2016 with Misadventures, an album that not only lived up to expectations, but deserved another full U.S. trek that has now arrived in the form of the “We Will Detonate!” tour.

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But before we get ahead of ourselves, this tour is far more than a victory lap for Pierce the Veil, but also includes a band nearing the top of their game and another band that helped pave the way for the scene as we know it.

Since taking over as lead vocalist for Emarosa, Bradley Walden has been elevating the band’s sound to new heights. Last year’s 131 was a triumph, shedding the notion of what a post-hardcore band could accomplish by embracing pop sensibilities and handling its heartbreaking subject matter with sensitivity and honesty.

Before the opening notes of “Sure” can reach the back of the venue, Walden has jumped into the crowd, where he’ll spend a good portion of the band’s energetic set. Despite the somber tone of some of the band’s newer tracks, Walden and company ramp up the energy of the crowd through their performance. The crowd joins in on the vocal action during single “Helpless” and “Young Lonely”, assisting Walden, whose golden pipes require very little help in belting out every note.

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Next up is Sum 41, whose 2016 album 13 Voices finds the band in a sort of resurgence. Although never truly absent from the scene, this collection of surprisingly aggressive material has seemingly breathed new life into the band, which shows during performances of “Fake My Own Death” and “Goddamn I’m Dead Again”.

Deryck Whibley has always been a joy to watch on stage, carrying himself like a true punk elder statesman. Transitioning from smirk to scowl, Whibley leads the crowd in sing-alongs as they rip through their set. Even though it’s a blast to hear new material, there’s still nothing quite like singing along to classics like “In Too Deep” and “Fat Lip”, which sound just as good as ever.

As Pierce the Veil explode into the evening’s final set, it’s easy to see why they remain one of the most electric bands in the genre. Per usual, their stage presence is on point with lead guitarist Tony Perry and bassist Jaime Preciado bounding across the stage amid flashes of light. Vocalist Vic Fuentes commands the crowd from behind the mic while his brother Mike powers the set forward from his drum kit, appropriately mounted atop a giant stack of dynamite.

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Something that feels slightly lost in the buzz surrounding Misadventures is the fact that the band recently passed the decade mark, with their debut album A Flair for the Dramatic turning 10 years old this year. Placed amidst hits from Misadventures and Collide with the Sky, the band take time to play classics like “Yeah Boy and Doll Face” and “Stay Away From My Friends”. These moments serve as reminders that Pierce the Veil have been on the rise for a while now, and these older songs are still just as fun to sing along to as they were when the band were sweating out club shows in the late aughts.

Pierce the Veil continue to set the standard for this scene, not only in terms of inventive post hardcore, but with their dedication to extraordinary live performances. I’ve seen songs like “Caraphernelia” and “King for a Day” played countless times at this point, but it’s still a blast to see the energy the band brings to the stage show after show. If we’re lucky, our next wait for new music and another grand tour to show it off won’t last four long years.

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.

Pierce the Veil Share “Floral & Fading” Music Video

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Pierce the Veil have released a new music video for “Floral & Fading”, the third single from last year’s Misadventures. One of the slower and more melodic tracks from the album, the video for “Floral & Fading” finds the band back in time playing for a rowdy crowd at a bowling alley. Check out the video, directed by Ethan Lader, below.

What’s been your favorite video so far from Misadventures? Share your thoughts in the replies!

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Review: Pierce the Veil – Misadventures

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Four years is a long time to wait – just ask fans of San Diego post-hardcore act Pierce the Veil. The band made the leap in 2012 with the release of their highly lauded album Collide with the Sky, rising from the scene quagmire to become one of the biggest rock bands around. High profile tours and festival placements kept the band on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but as the days continued to tick past with no sight of a new record, it was hard not to wonder if Pierce the Veil had reached their peak.

You can buy Misadventures on iTunes.

You can buy Misadventures on iTunes.

Rumors of Vic Fuentes’ writer’s block did little to quell the concern – and turned out to be partly true. The singer would eventually become fed up with the four studio walls that encapsulated his creativity, hitting the road with the band last year on a journey that would finally spark inspiration; resulting in one of the most unexpected releases you’ll hear this year.

Misadventures is good. It’s really good, actually. But on the first few listens, it’s hard to pinpoint why. For a band that has followed a particular sonic thread through the course of its career, Misadventures is an experiment of the highest order. This album is still very much Pierce the Veil, but it’s a Pierce the Veil you’ve never heard, and didn’t even know you wanted to hear.

The band once again worked with producer Dan Korneff, but requested that he push them in ways that they’d never explored in the past. It’s not often for a band of this stature to mess with a working formula and even less often for it to happen when working with a familiar face. Nevertheless, Misadventures is littered with surprising twists and turns.

I’ve long championed the band for being one of the most technically sound acts in the scene. Collide with the Sky proved the band to be cut from another cloth as they perfected their own signature polished post-hardcore crunch. On Misadventures, Pierce the Veil seeks to perfect everyone else’s sound, too.

Take “Floral & Fading” – easily the slowest and least chaotic song the band has ever written, the track captures the slowed-down, ballad-y pop vibe that All Time Low have been chasing for years, all the way down to the precisely placed “Woah-oh oh’s.” “Bedless” is a deep cut that exhibits a Circa Survive feel with it’s sharp opening notes and jerky pace, while “Sambuka” is an up-tempo punk number.

If it’s not clear already, be warned: early listens to Misadventures are likely to result in whiplash for the uninitiated.

“Today I Saw the Whole World” is one of the most aggressive songs the band has ever written, with frenzied guitar riffs pulled straight from the Saosin playbook. Mike Fuentes has never sounded better behind the kit, driving the track forward at a manic pace with several unruly fills thrown in for good measure.

Once the clamor comes to a close, the album immediately shifts gears once more, leading into the 80s inspired “Gold Medal Ribbon”, one of the most remarkably pleasing track on the album. Complete with an opening guitar solo and starfall keys for good measure, you’re already lost in the sound by the time Vic enters at the one-minute mark with the pleading opening lines of,  “Are you up there? Just give me a signal, I’m reaching you now / Cuz I remember the sound of your voice but I don’t remember what we talked about”.

For all of the experimenting that will define the early chatter surrounding Misadventures, it should be noted that the band also takes ample time to refine and upgrade the Pierce the Veil sound you’ve come to love. Album opener “Dive In” rips from start to finish, highlighted by Tony Perry’s stellar riffing, Jaime Preciado’s thumping bassline and some well-placed programming elements that round out the track. Fuentes tears out of the gate with the ruthless opening lines of, “Dive in, take a breath / Blow the smoke through the hole in my chest”. When the track kicks into high gear “Hell Above”-style around the 1:30 mark, it’s a subtle reminder that this actually is a Pierce the Veil album after all.

Despite the band’s success in recent years, Fuentes’ status as one of the best lyricists around has remained one of the scene’s best-kept secrets. The quirks of Misadventures offer Vic the opportunity to take his knack for turn of phrase to another level, even while overdramatic on “Today I Saw the Whole World”: “While you stood over the pavement I was biting the curb / Sick entertainment, but I bet it feels good (coming down) / Can’t bear to wash out the wasted time / Between your lips and mine”.

Yet just like the sonic journey of Misadventures, the album is a thematic carousel as well, touching on a number of topics well outside of the usual breakup banter. “Circles” tells the story of a couple fleeing for their lives during the 2015 Paris attacks, as Vic sings, “Paper hearts turned to ash begin to fly over our heads / I begin screaming while the exit signs read ‘Heaven’s waiting’”. On album closer “Song for Isabelle”, Fuentes ponders the dark pain and weight that can accompany us once our childhood vanishes.

It’s a testament to the band’s talents that Misadventures doesn’t come off as scatterbrained or over-reaching, even in its most peculiar moments. Instead, the album reads as a collection of journal entries, documenting the band’s long road over the past four years, varying from page to page in both sound and lyric. Which chapters you choose to save to your playlist is likely to vary based on taste, but there’s a little something here for everyone.

Still, perhaps the most exciting thing about Misadventures is the endless roads that now lay before a band no longer confined to their own box. It’s clear that Pierce the Veil has the chops to carry on in any number of sonic directions, continually expanding their massive audience. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait another four years to find out what comes next.

4/5

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.

Pierce the Veil to Release “Misadventures” on May 13

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At long last, Pierce the Veil have announced their highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Collide with the Sky. Misadventures is set to release on May 13 via Fearless Records. The album was produced by Dan Korneff, who co-produced Collide as well. You can view a video announcement from the band below, along with the album artwork and track list:

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Track list:
Dive In
Texas is Forever
The Divine Zero
Floral & Fading
Phantom Power and Ludicrous Speed
Circles
Today I Saw the Whole World
Gold Medal Ribbon
Bedless
Sambuka
Song for Isabelle

What are your thoughts on the announcement of Misadventures? Share your excitement for the album in the comments!

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Most Anticipated of 2016: #2 Pierce the Veil Finally Deliver

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When Pierce the Veil released “The Divine Zero” last June, just in time for their run on the Vans Warped Tour, it appeared that the wait for their overdue follow up to 2012’s Collide with the Sky was finally over. Six months later, the wait continues. Will 2016 finally bring one of the most anticipated post-hardcore records in recent memory?

Whether it be writer’s block or otherwise that has kept the San Diego act from returning with a new album, Pierce the Veil have lost little in terms of interest. Still one of the scene’s biggest draws, the band have been able to weather the lull thanks to the lasting power of Collide with the Sky, a surprisingly progressive album, chock full of energy.

That energy translates well to Pierce the Veil’s stellar live performance, which has been another saving grace for the band during this relative stillness. Still, you can feel the confusion and worry setting in with fans as the clock continues to tick. It’s not unprecedented for a band this talented and possessing this much scene capital to fail to follow through on promises and remain in relative limbo (*cough* Saosin *cough*).

But amidst all the foot tapping and hand wringing, there remains the truth that Vic Fuentes, one of emo-core’s most exciting vocalists and songwriters and an admitted perfectionist, could very well be putting the finishing touches on a masterpiece. If any band in the scene is capable of delivering an album that meets the kind of ungodly expectations that this one now does, it just might be Pierce the Veil.

No matter the outcome, after nearly four years of singing the same songs, fans are ready to be rewarded for their patience. It’s time for the talking to end and the music to begin.

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.

Pierce the Veil Stream New Song “The Divine Zero”

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At long last, Pierce the Veil have released the first single from their upcoming album. “The Divine Zero” picks up where Collide With the Sky left off, featuring crunchy guitar tones and the signature impassioned vocals from Vic Fuentes. You can listen to the track below:

You can buy the song on iTunes. Pierce the Veil’s as-of-yet untitled new album is expected to drop sometime later this year via Fearless Records. Today, the band starts a full summer trek on the Vans Warped Tour. What are your thoughts on the new song? Share in the replies!

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The Time is Now: The World Tour with Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens

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No, the scene (still) isn’t dead. As hard as it is to sift through the fog of elitist Reddit threads and cancel out the decriers who man their posts with each weekly Warped Tour announcement, there’s still music being played here – and it’s resonating as loudly as ever.

Last summer’s monstrously successful Monumentour, featuring Fall Out Boy and Paramore, served not only as a credit to the depth of talent and longevity found in our world of post-alt rock, it also solidified the realm of possibilities laid before bands in this scene as more than just mere pipe dreams.

The World Tour is ground zero for bands on the brink. Yes, co-headliners Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens have already expanded their reach with moderate Billboard success and rapidly expanding fan bases, but they’ve taken this opportunity on the big stage to showcase some up-and-comers that aren’t far from nipping at their heels.

Last year’s first leg of the tour featured metalcore newcomers Beartooth and acoustic duo This Wild Life. This second leg, which will expand into Europe later this year, spotlights Cambridge rock act Mallory Knox and the explosive pop rock group PVRIS. While these acts are already on the rise, the big venues and sell out crowds serve as a larger proving ground for increasing their respective folds.

Truth be told, Mallory Knox already have the stage presence of a veteran band. Vocalist Mikey Chapman brings an animated energy to the band’s set as they power through a collection of amped-up, easy to sing along to songs. Last year’s Asymmetry packs an emotional punch that translates well to the band’s lively set.

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The ascent of PVRIS has been a rapid one – and rightfully so. The Rise Records newbies dropped their debut, White Noise, late last year and sparked quite the buzz. The band’s brand of punchy power pop is full of melody and is as catchy as it is forceful. The band sets up their own equipment, receiving their opening cheers even before plugging in their amps – it won’t be long before they’ll be requiring a much more dramatic entrance.

Vocalist and guitarist Lynn Gunn sounds just as much a powerhouse live as she does on tape. The band opens with “Smoke”, a dark, dreamy track that builds like a slow burn, leading to an explosive moment from Gunn, who belts, “Don’t you try to run right now / Cuz baby I could burn you down”. You can tell that the band’s stage presence is still in process, but it’s no matter – the songs come across just as strong anyway.

Although the crowd sings along to catchy numbers like “St. Patrick”, it’s not until the pulsing “My House” that those in attendance catch fire, along with Gunn. When the song’s bass-filled breakdown hits just before the final chorus, the crowd pushes forward from the back and begins jumping to the beat. This isn’t your typical opening act. PVRIS may very well be holding down their own headlining tour before year’s end.

Of course, what makes this stage possible is the weight of Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens – two bands who have become intertwined in recent years, thanks in part to Sirens’ singer Kellin Quinn’s guest appearance on Pierce the Veil’s smash 2012 song “King for a Day”. Now, at the height of their popularity, both bands are able to enjoy the spoils of their status.

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It’s been no secret for some time now that Pierce the Veil are one of the most exciting live acts in the scene. For The World Tour, they’ve left behind even a trace of their debut, A Flair for the Dramatic, and only play two songs off of their 2010 breakthrough Selfish Machines. This set is all about Collide with the Sky – an album nearing its third anniversary. With a new album in the works, this tour serves as Collide’s victory lap.

In some ways, Pierce the Veil are the spiritual successors of Chiodos in terms of theatrical production and performances. The band’s nu-screamo sound has leapt them to the front of the post-hardcore pack and singer Vic Fuentes has improved drastically, becoming one of the most recognized voices in the scene. He sounds flawless on this night as the band opens with the raucous “Hell Above”.

The band could be considered veterans on the tour circuit at this point, having developed a legendary work ethic with endless touring schedules. Bassist Jaime Preciado and guitarist Tony Perry bounce about the stage as drummer Mike Fuentes powers the band forward. When Vic stops for an acoustic rendition of “I’m Low on Gas and You Need a Jacket”, it serves as a breather for everyone in the room. That is, until Fuentes steps away from the mic and the crowd carries the song through the second chorus unprovoked.

The set ends with “King for a Day”, serving as the obvious transition to Sleeping with Sirens. For a band that seemed to be heading pop with 2013’s Feel, Sirens have responded with “Kick Me”, a song that functions as the set’s opener and the lead single for their upcoming album titled Madness.

Say what you want about Kellin Quinn – the band’s front man has a charisma that isn’t lost on the crowd. It also helps that the band’s performances are now anchored by post-hardcore vet Nick Martin, who made a name for himself as lead vocalist for hardcore heavyweights Underminded and also served as guitarist for D.R.U.G.S.

Sleeping with Sirens bulldoze through their set, letting off the gas slightly to play a cover of Goo Goo Dolls smash hit “Iris” midway through. Fans are treated to favorites such as “Low”, “If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn” and “If You Can’t Hang” before the band’s set comes to a close.

In many ways, The World Tour is a microcosm of the scene, featuring star power and buzzworthy bands on the rise. For every naysayer who bemoans the old days, there are at least 10 to 20 rabid fans attending sold out dates across the country and singing along to every song. Like it or not, this is the scene in 2015 – and it’s as alive as ever.

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.

Who should replace Jonny Craig in Isles & Glaciers?

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It’s been nearly four years since post-hardcore supergroup Isles & Glaciers released their first and only collection of songs. Their 2010 EP The Hearts of Lonely People was just as exciting as it was unexpected, combining the music fortitude of a slew of the scene’s biggest names.

Fronted by heavyweight vocalists Craig Owens (Chiodos), Vic Fuentes (Pierce the Vel) and Jonny Craig, Isles & Glaciers’ styles ranged while playing to each member’s strengths. To this day, the band has only played one live performance – a surprise set at SXSW in 2009, nearly a year before the release of The Hearts of Lonely People.

Because of each member’s prior commitments to their day jobs, it’s clear why there would be a lack of activity from the band. However, it’s become increasingly obvious that Isles & Glaciers have no intent on ever making music together again, largely due to a falling out with Jonny Craig.

The infamous Macbook scam, continued drug issues and erratic behavior all appear to have lent a hand in breaking the relationship. But without Craig’s lower register tenor croon to balance Owens’ and Fuentes’ high end, it’s clear that the band wouldn’t be the same without him. So what to do?

We’ve decided to compile a list of options for the remaining members of Isles & Glaciers to consider before laying the band to rest forever.

Tilian Pearson

It’s true that the former Tides of Man vocalist has a much higher upper registry than Craig. However, it’s worth noting that Pearson has filled Craig’s shoes on more than one occasion. Tilian was the the fill-in touring vocalist for Emarosa in 2011 before taking over Craig’s role as clean vocalist in experimental post-hardcore outfit Dance Gavin Dance in 2012. If anyone knows how to sing to Jonny’s tune, it’s Tilian Pearson.

Trenton Woodley

If you’re unfamiliar with Trenton Woodley, you would do well by getting to know him. As lead vocalist for Aussie rockers Hands Like Houses, Woodley has proven himself to be one of the most promising singers in the scene. His croon is smooth like Craig’s, but may be even more versatile. His work on recent Hands Like Houses release Unimagine shows that he’s capable of an array of styles and we’re thinking he would sound swell alongside Owens and Fuentes.

Tyler Carter

Tyler Carter is perhaps the best fit to pick up the soulful slack in Isles & Glaciers as Craig’s replacement. Their vocal styles are eerily similar. Both possess a self-indulgent, melismatic delivery that is as much about swagger as it is about vocal style. Carter’s wide range helps him fit into a multitude of sonic environments, perhaps best displayed on Issues’ recent self-titled debut. Both singers have a touch of soul that sets them apart from the typical scene clean singer. Without a doubt, Carter could hold his own in Isles & Glaciers.

Jonny Craig

Truthfully, as great as the previous three singers are, there’s no one we’d rather see fill the third vocal spot in Isles & Glaciers than the man himself. It’s true that Craig is a bit of a rascal and has had his issues in the past, but he appears to be clean and back on the grind, currently working on a new project with Kris Crummett. It may be that past scars have cut a bit too deep with the rest of the group, but if there’s ever a chance for reconciliation we’d love to see it happen.

Of course, if The Hearts of Lonely People is the only music from Isles & Glaciers we ever get, we can at least be thankful for what we had, even if it only felt like just the beginning.

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.