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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...

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