PLUS: WILLIAM CONTROL, PALAYE ROYALE THE GLASS HOUSE, POMONA. 03.03.17 ANDY BIERSACK PAINTS IT BLACK AT SOLD-OUT SOLO HOMETOWN SHOW
“hey, guys, does anyone out there have any hot lemon and honey? my throat is killing me…”
LAST TIME Andy Biersack stood on this stage, it was 2010. Seven years on, much has changed – Andy’s name is no longer the Andy Six it was then; his band, Black Veil Brides, are now a considerably bigger concern than this 700-capacity venue would be likely to welcome; and Andy’s solo venture is showing a strange new side to the man we’d not seen before. But one thing has stayed the same: the man is a genuinely magnetic star, whatever name he’s operating under. On the street outside the venue, hundreds of die-hard fans wait for hours, queueing round the block to enter the venue for what will be the final night of his Homecoming Tour.and despite the strong line-up of co-conspirators, there is no mistaking who the crowd is here for tonight: nearly every single person is sporting an Andy Black T-shirt. Whether with his main band or not, the man is never going to be the bridesmaid, clearly.
Newcomers Palaye Royale have the thankless task of going on first.this trio of brothers and their gritty rock’n’roll are more than up to the challenge, however.think The Strokes meets Teenagers-era MCR at a New York fashion show held on a pirate ship and you’re nearly there.
Next up, the Neuromantic Gothfather himself (and a man Andy definitely owes a drink or two), William Control. His short set is brimming with dark treats such as Beautiful Loser, Strangers and I’m Only Human Sometimes, as well as new track Analog Flesh In A Digital World, which prove his loyal following are just as passionate about his metamorphosis into a techno-gothic-dance king.
Andy has undergone something of a change, too, with this being the softer more romantic side to the metal hat he wears in Blackveil Brides.the switchup from his day job to the synthpop he deals in this evening is a seemingly seamless transition for the faithful gathered here tonight, however, and screams of glee erupt as the first notes of Stay Alive hit. Uplifting, fun and relaxed, a good quarter of tonight’s set is spent with Andy talking at length to the crowd and sharing personal stories between numbers, giving the show an intimate, warm feel. Particularly during Louder Than Your Love, which he co-penned with Gerard Way, and the heartfelt Paint It Black. He apologises for still feeling the effects of a prolonged cold, but if he’s sick, absolutely no-one notices – they’re too busy going nuts to a raucous cover of Billy Idol’s Dancing With Myself. If this is Andy Black when he’s fighting off a nasty virus, firing on all cylinders must be absolute pandemonium.
In the here and now, surrounded by all this doom and gloom, thank goodness we have someone like Andy Black walking among us to ease the pain with a jolt of positivity. He sings,‘we don’t have to dance’, but after a show that’s as fun, welcoming, highly-charged and loaded with star personality as this, you’ll never want to stop.