Tonight we have @AndyBVB lead singer of The Black Veil Brides on 5 questions with @Themerchdude
Thank you Andy for Taking the time to do this. Hope you are doing well and having fun! Don’t forget code word “having fun!!” Dinner is on me next time I see you.
- Before we start give us a few sentences about yourself, the band any new protects etc.
I’m Andy and I sing for Black Veil Brides. We recently released our 3rd album “Wretched and Divine” which is being rereleased in an extended version on June 11 2013. I consider myself very fortunate to get to do what I do in my life and like many artists I share a strong connection with our fans that means the world to me.
Here is Andy Biersack with 5 questions with Themerchdude
1) Well you’re in one of those bands that people love to hate (I might have been one of them until I met Jinx) most the time people hate even before they hear your band. How do you deal with the Constance bullshit thrown at you guys. Also how do you deal with having some of the most active fan bases online?
To be honest with you some of the negativity or online “hate” is so blown out of proportion largely due to the “makeup” or visual aesthetic that the band has had over the years. Whats ironic about that is so often people will jump on the “oh that band is nothing but makeup and gay and blah blah” and fail to see the irony that a great number of them fit firmly in their own aesthetic mold…we all know what the hardcore guy with the neck tattoos and flat bill hat looks like, in fact we all know a million of them. Could it be a total coincidence that so many of them dress identically? Or is it a fashion choice/preference that has been brought on by their interest in a particular type of music or genre? The safe bet is that its “what they like” which again is a huge contradiction when so many people are adamant that it’s not okay for a band to possess any level of theatricality without being labeled as “fags” or people saying “well if they spent more time on the music and less on what they look like..blah blah etc.” In point of fact all any of us are trying to do is have fun and enjoy our lives and our art. All that being said my life is pretty damn good, if ticket counts and record sales can in any way be a barometer for success it would seem that our dedicated fans continue to prevail over any nay sayers out there. In this world of bitterness between bands and hatred based purely on ignorance it’s cool to hate the band thats doing well and doing it on their own terms and I get that, but we aren’t miserable or suffering because of it. We have fun, tour the world and get to meet tons of really cool people who feel the same way that we do in all walks of life. Rock and Roll ain’t too bad ;)
2) Your band just won a golden God award. You had many supporters and many people that were not so supportive in the crowd. Many criticized the band because of the way you guys responded to the crowd. Which in all honesty, you just gave it back to them. Why is it that when a band is consistently being hated why do people get up in arms (Butt hurt) when a band gives it right back?
What is most laughable to me about that whole situation was when I saw a few other bands criticizing my reactions that night. To me thats idiotic on two different levels, the first being (and possibly the most important) how can you sit there behind your computer having NO knowledge of what it’s like to even be nominated for any sort of award and mock and judge me and my friends for responding negatively to a large crowd of people who are literally yelling and throwing things at us simply because we won something based on our own fans voting?? I will grant you that in the heat of the moment some things that i said weren’t my best but it’s not really up to them to judge that. Secondly I would love to know a band in this world who has NEVER had a bad night or played for a bad crowd and didn’t get bummed out or angry?
The last thing I will say is this, when did we all get castrated? When did we all become so safe and afraid to speak our mind?
I don’t want to live in a world where a fucking rock band can’t say exactly how they feel for fear of pissing someone off haha WE ARE SUPPOSED TO SHAKE THINGS UP! Thats the very core and nature of what we do!
3) What bands would make you act like a lot lizard?
I still get all crazy fan when it comes to Alkaline Trio, honestly that band has meant the world to me for so long and no matter how many times I see them it always takes me back to being 13 years old and just hoping I could meet them ya know? A lot of bands have that effect on me for different reasons but that one is always gonna be one of my favorites.
4) SOME of the younger scene bands seem to always have something negative to say about your band. I have realized that you get a lot of support from the older metal bands (Mötley Cru, Twisted sister, Skid row) just to name a few. You have a young fan base that supports you guys to no end. Do you feel that an older fan base would give the band a chance if the just listen to your music?
The difference I have noticed is that with the old school band guys you don’t get any bullshit. If they like you they will tell you to your face and if they don’t they will do the same. Younger bands hide behind twitter accounts and feel as if they can say whatever they want with no repercussion, where is the respect there? With these guys that are heroes of mine that I am fortunate enough to now call my friends..they don’t fuck around like that. They come from a time where if you believed in something whether it was positive or negative you REALLY had to back it up. I have no time for shit ass band #9000 saying “Oh they are fags, we are so cool” because so often they don’t have the guts to say it to our face. And if any of them ever do, then more power to them…at least they are being genuine.
As far as fan base goes we are fortunate in that we have continued to grow and expand on our demographic over the years. What we talk about in our songs is pretty simple and can apply to any age group. Have fun and Rebel against convention.
5) Would you ever do a side project with other band members on your off time from the road? And do you find that sorta thing healthy?
Danny from Asking and I want to start a two man facial hair based comedy troupe. It’s all jokes about his beard and my lack of a beard. Not sure if that one is gonna get off the ground hahaha
Honestly I love being in BVB so much I don’t often think about outside stuff but I’m sure somewhere down the line I’ll do something in collaboration with another artist. There are a lot of great bands out there that I have a ton of respect for!
Bonus question: What are the chances that I can get your beautiful girlfriend Juliet Simms to do 5 questions with TheMerchDude?
I’ll ask her right now! Haha
She’s working on a lot of cool stuff thats coming up and I’m sure she’d love to share some info with you some time soon!
P.S. Well, I don’t know if many people know this but the merch dude is actually Robin from the Batman comics, thats the reason he’s had to hide his identity for so many years. Sorry for spilling the beans on that one buddy! haha
Any charities you like to work or work with?
I work with Nikki Sixx’s charity “Running Wild In The Night” and recently we have been working to donate proceeds from signed merch etc. to the Red Cross Oklahoma Relief fund.