Have you ever seen any of those videos of kids reacting to something they’ve never seen before? I’ve seen stare in bewilderment at old rotary phones, dial up computers and VCRs, baffled about things from the past. I recently watch a Metallica reaction video, and I could pick out the metal kids simply by their facial reactions. Some immediately smiled, while others gave wide eyes or a knit brow. One reacted with disgust,“This music isn’t soothing, it’s loud and they scream instead of sing.” I wanted to reach through the screen, look them in the eye and say, “Oh my dear child. Someday you will understand the soothing effect unclean vocals and thrashing guitars can have on your soul,” and then introduce him to the world of Pierce The Veil.
Pierce The Veil aren’t considered a heavy metal band (more post-hardcore rock), their mix of clean and unclean vocals and that thrashing guitar sing lullabies to my soul. Their lyrics are a confusing mess of beautiful emotions that manage to tug on the one heart string you want plucked. Formed in 2006, by brothers Vic (vocalist) and Mike (drummer) Fuentes and comprised of lead guitarist Tony Perry and bass guitarist Jaime Preciado, the San Diego based outfit have created four studio albums, the most recent of which is Misadventures released in May of 2016. They have been on tour with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low, and A Day To Remember. Pierce the Veil is currently on a headlining tour with supporting acts I Prevail and Neck Deep.
Their song “Circles” from Misadventures sings of the tragic event in Paris during the attack on The Bataclan, a story of two kids who try to save each other in the midst of chaos.
“Creeping through this labyrinth I find a dead end to the weekend. But is this real life? Paper hearts turned ash begin to fly over our heads. I begin screaming while the exit signs read heaven’s waiting.”
Its cry of terror and confusion give you a taste of what going through a horrible tragedy is like. Vic’s subdued clean vocals reflect the seriousness of the situation, while the chase of the guitars and the steady beat of the drums had me holding my breath with the desperate hope of making it out alive.
Going back to the soothing effect of a song that screams, “The Divine Zero” (released in June of 2015) rings into this sentiment as my favorite song on their new album. As a person who deals on a regular basis with anxiety, the whishy washy, back and forth meaning behind the lyrics speak to my need for approval from others. The mix between clean and unclean vocals hit my chest with the same desperate feeling I get when I have an anxiety attack coming on.
“Desperate times and desperate measures. I come so close, my hopes are severed by the downside. A million waves in the ocean crash at once to make you smile.”
I take these lyrics as the moment I feel like I’m doing something wrong, I’m crashed by the waves of anxiety only to feel like I’m being ridiculous. While it doesn’t exactly sound soothing to be reminded of that; Pierce The Veil manages to get this song just right to help me realize I’m not alone in this. The well placed screams and the angry guitar solo suck me into a mercy trance worth ugly crying over. That sweet release of pressure. That soul assuaging melody.
Don’t just take my word for it. Pierce the Veil does have four albums for you to explore what heart string they will tug on you. It’s a bonus to see them live at Louder Than Life this October 1st. Just sayin’
Here’s some more soul touching music to rock to by Pierce the Veil: