Pierce The Veil is a rock band hailing from San Diego, CA. Their music binds together your confused thoughts and aching heart into a mesh of angry vocals and heavy guitar. They give you a cathartic experience from track one of their first album until track 11 of their most recent.
Shockwave took a moment to chat with long time rock veterans Jaime Preciado and Tony Perry from Pierce The Veil. It started out with who they wanted to see at the show and somehow tracked off to dinosaurs and a random bus thief.
I heard I’m your last interview for the day. What are you going to do with all your free time now?
Jaime: I don’t think we have a lot of free time. We have to warm up yet.
Tony: We play relatively early.
Jaime: Yeah, we have a vocal warm up that’ll be about a half hour. Then we great ready for the show. Gotta get the mind right and the bones warmed up (laughing).
Pump it up, do some jumping jacks?
Jaime: Yeah, get ourselves ready, exactly.
After that, do y’all have plans or are you leaving right away?
Jaime: I think I’m going to try to watch Slayer.
Tony: Slayer, yeah.
Jaime: They are so kind to us. They said that us and Hellyeah were the only bands allowed on the stage. We are super honored. I think it goes back to when we played a festival with them in Australia awhile back, and the guitar player for Slayer came up to our singer when we were at the airport. He was like “Yo, I have a shirt. Can you guys sign it for my daughter?” Apparently his daughter is a huge fan. It was like having a mob friend, we were like “Oh, thank you so much!”
Kinda like a fan girl moment for you? (laughing)
Jaime: Yeah, for sure. We were definitely like that.
Would you rather be in the real version of the The Walking Dead or Jurassic Park?
Jaime: Jurassic Park for sure! I don’t trust zombie things at all.
Tony: I don’t know. I would go The Walking Dead. I watch that show and I see all the mistakes they make. I feel like I could go pretty far in the zombie apocalypse.
Jaime: To be fair, I just want to literally be like (takes off sunglasses and makes a dramatic face) “Oh my God! Look at that dinosaur!”
Tony: You’d be the guy that gets eaten on the toilet.
Jaime: Damn it, you’re right.
You can only hear one song for the rest of your life. You have a choice between “The Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Ring of Fire.”
Jaime: I have to go “Bohemian Rhapsody.” That’s a little bit more chill.
Tony: It’s a long song with a lot of variety.
Jaime: It’s a full song that would keep me entertained.
You guys are on your “Made To Destroy” tour with I Prevail and Neck Deep. What do you like about touring with those gentleman?
Jaime: Well first, that we get to tour with bands that we got to find and bring in is pretty awesome. We love being able to pick our own tours like that, and finding bands that are up and coming. I Prevail is a brand new band. They are on our label (Fearless Records) and it’s been really cool. We have Eric from I Prevail come out and do a song with us, and we get along with the Neck Deep guys. They are super awesome dudes. It’s been great.
Tony: Yeah, we take their money a lot actually. We play a lot of Cee-Lo. We gamble with them a lot.
Jaime: They are degenerate gamblers.
Tony: It started off really mild.
Jaime: One dollar bets, two dollar bets.
Tony: Within three days there are $100 bets coming out.
Jaime: They’re savage.
And that’s just between you guys type of stuff?
Tony: Yeah, it’s just a dice game that we play like on the bus or in the green room and stuff.
What are you looking forward to most about going to Europe as you prepare to jump overseas?
Jaime: Yeah, we haven’t even thought about that yet. It’s coming up after this run. We go home for like six days and then we head over to the UK and Europe. I think, in general, we haven’t really headlined in Europe ever. Playing UK is always awesome for us because we are trying to break new ground over there. It’s a good challenge, and this is the first time we are actually going to bring our production over there.
Tony: We’ve never had our own production or real show over there, we’ve been kinda limited.
Jaime: We have a trailer and stuff to bring all our stuff, and having to bring it overseas is really tricky. We’re trying to bring the same show over there.
So you have to do some shipping?
Jaime: Yeah! We have boats and…. boats and ho’s! (laughing) No, I’m just kidding. We just have to figure out some way to bring all that stuff. Hopefully we figured it out and it’ll be one hell of a good time.
Is there any other country that you’re really hoping to see and explore?
Jaime: We’ve done a lot of international already.
Tony: We did Australia already.
Jaime: Australia, South America …
Tony: I’d really like to go back to Japan someday.
Jaime: Japan would be cool. We’ve only been there once. I know we have plans to travel more international stuff.
What’s the craziest thing that has happened so far on your tour?
Tony: First day of the tour, when we were in San Francisco, someone robbed our bus bays.
Jaime: Yeah, first day.
Tony: It was the first thing we woke up to on day one. Luckily they caught the guy and they were able to find out where it was.
Jaime: We just started the tour though. That’s a hell of a way to start a tour. It was pretty wild.
What did he get away with?
Jaime: A bunch of suitcases full of clothes, it was so sketch. The worst burglar thief on earth.
Tony: He got away with it, but then he came back and he was just laying in the bay and going through more stuff. He could have just taken the bags, but he was opening them all up and separating them.
Jaime: So the cops literally found him in the bay. The best part was, the cops knew him. They were like “Ernie, is that you? Get out of there.” It was like the fourth time he got caught stealing.
Did he know it was you guys he was stealing from?
Jaime: No, I think he just saw buses. The way the venue is, that’s where all the buses park. So there’s buses there all the time, so he figured out a way to break into them.
Serial bus thief, that’s so crazy. So let’s talk about “Misadventures” a bit. You guys went through a lengthy production process. Can you tell me a bit about that?
Jaime: Yeah, originally we went into it with a plan like every record. We have a couple songs that we worked on and demo’d out. Right from the get go we took a couple left turns called life. We had to cut two songs that we didn’t feel were ready for the record, so creating that was a new thing. We had a tour booked in the middle of it, and we were in the studio for so long.
Tony: We thought we were going to be done, and then we had to stop the process.
Jaime: Once the music was said and done, our singer Vic went on a crazy trip to figure out lyrics and get inspired from all that stuff. It was just a really unorthodox process that we’ve never done before, hence the name “Misadventures” [because] it was all over and the title made sense.
So that’s where “Misadventures” came from.
Jaime: Yeah, it took us on a crazy trip. We’re glad it’s done and we’re glad that we get to play these songs live now.
What’s your favorite song to play live?
Jaime: Off the new record?
Any of them.
Jaime: Any of them? Oh man. I would probably say something off the new record, just because it’s so new. I love coming out playing “Dive In” and that’s our first track. It’s our “Hey, if you’ve never heard Pierce The Veil listen to this song.” It has everything. It has fast stuff, slow stuff, heavy, whatever. It’s a great song to play live.
Tony: I’m going to go old record. “The Boy Who Could Fly” — there’s a guitar tapping, lead solo that I got to play in that one. Then we stopped playing it, so my moment is gone.
Aww, well you at least got to play it a little bit right?
Jaime: We’ll figure it out. We’ll start playing some old stuff too.
Anything else you’d like to plug through Shockwave?
Jaime: We’re excited to be here at Louder Than Life. It’s the very first time we’ve ever done this festival and we’re very excited. Hopefully, we gain some new fans. That’s what these things are all about.
If you haven’t heard “Misadventures” you are missing out. Check it out on iTunes, and experience their set at Louder Than Life through our well placed photos below.