PIERCE THE VEIL
PIERCE THE VEIL HAVE JOINED FORCES WITH FANS TO SPREAD SOME FESTIVE CHEER FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE. IT IS, THEY TELL JAMES HICKIE, THE PERFECT WAY TO CAP OFF A YEAR IN WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN MORE IMPORTANT TO THEM THAN EVER…
Somehow, vic had the strength of zero men
Oliver, who at seven years old thinks he might be Pierce Theveil’s youngest fan,is pulling a Kerristmas cracker with his herovic Fuentes and introducing him to the tradition of the bad joke contained within. “What’s furry and minty?” “I don’t know – what is furry and minty?” answers Vic. “A Polo bear!” “That’s pretty good!” isvic’s verdict. “That’s the best joke I’ve heard all day!” adds his drummer brother, Mike.
Today Oliver is joined by 10 other fans that have been granted early access to the Manchester Academy – where tonight Piercetheveil play the latest instalment of their Misadventures tour – for a special audience with the band. Inside, the venue’s bar has been transformed into a festive grotto, complete with tinsel and daft headwear, as these fans join forces with their favourite band to donate gifts to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), the UK’S largest paediatric centre, to help give children a treat at a tough time.
“It’s always nice to take these kinds of opportunities when we can,” saysvic as he shakes hands with everyone and thanks them for the generous offerings of toys, sweets and computer games.
“It’s good for us to remind those kids that we have their backs,” adds Mike.“the fans are like a family to us, so it’s great to show that we’re all in it together.”
Bassist Jaime Preciado, who seems particularly keen on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles nunchucks set that’s been brought along for donation, wastes no time getting into the spirit, donning a jumper emblazoned with the words ‘Jingle My Bells’, much to the room’s enjoyment. Guitarist Tony Perry, meanwhile, coolly accessorises his baseball cap with a Santa hat, as band and fans come together for a signing and selfie session – making this, as Oliver tells his mum,“the greatest day of [my] life.”
“That kid, and everyone who came to see us, really made my day,” enthuses Vic later on, as he and his bandmates relax in their dressing room and look back upon an eventful 2016.“I was having a really rough morning, dealing with some vocal troubles, and they turned my mood around instantly; they were really the
ones bringing the good vibes to us.”
And, as the band reveals, that’s not the first time this year that Piercetheveil’s fans have aided their fortunes.
The road to this year’s Misadventures, Pierce The Veil’s fourth album, was one Vic describes as being littered with “ups and downs” but, he says, “having the support of the fans got us through it.”
“The thought that we’d someday be onstage playing these new songs in front of crazy, screaming crowds really motivated us to finalise the album,” recallsvic. “The tweets and Instagram comments asking when it was coming out were a constant reminder of the connection we have with our fans.”
It’s an admiration that elevated Pierce The Veil to dizzying heights this year.to celebrate their new album’s release in May, for example, the band played a show in Mexico City’s 20,000-capacity Palacio de los Deportes venue; while the following month they appeared on Conan O’brien’s late-night talk show, which receives somewhere in the region of 500,000 viewers per episode (“A dream for all of us,” beams Jaime). Meanwhile, in October, previous album Collide With The Sky went Gold (recognising sales in advance of half a million copies). Most recently, as part of this tour, the band has fulfilled their ambition of playing London’s O2 Academy Brixton – a feat Jaime admits to fantasising about.
“When we were making the track Texas Is Forever, I dreamed of playing it in the biggest room we could possibly find, and filling it with the biggest circle pit,” he continues.“to see that dream come to life at the Brixton show blew my mind.”
“When you dig down so deep into something, it can get a bit dark,” recallsvic of the process of making Misadventures.“so seeing people’s reactions has been the light at the end of the tunnel for us,” he adds, highlighting their show in Paris in October, where fans sang along to Circles, PTV’S song about the city’s terrorist attacks, as “particularly special”. “It’s all because of the fans,” says Mike. And, given what the band has coming up next, it would appear that 2016 is the gift that keeps on giving.after a day off followed by two shows in Dublin and one in Belfast, the band will return to the U.S. for their final dates of the year – an exciting prospect not just because the run climaxes in their native San Diego, but because they’re supporting the city’s other famous sons, blink-182.
“It’s crazy for us because we grew up listening to them,” says Mike, who seems to be angling for a special Kerristmas gift.“if you’re reading this, Mark [Hoppus], we are available for a tour…”
Aside from further shows with your heroes, then, what are you guys hoping for from the holiday season?
“I’ll sleep for a week and then I’ll be back to wanting to be on tour!” says Jaime.vic laughs in recognition. Despite admitting to a continued appetite to tour in order to “create whole new worlds and see the songs in different lights”, he admits to having a more immediate hunger he needs to satisfy.
“I’m heading straight to my favourite Mexican shop, Santana’s, for a burrito,” he reveals with audible excitement.“maybe even two!”
Well, it is Kerristmas, after all…
We’d heard beards were ‘in’ at the moment, but this was frankly ridiculous Vic never did quite get the idea of this particular kind of cracker Mike: available for Facetime calls to your nan at any time Novelty jumpers: fine. Novelty facial hair: a touchy subject “What do you mean,‘nice Kerristmas dress-up’?” Vic never left the venue without his handy tour elf