Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack has announced that he will be releasing his memoir, “They Don’t Need To Understand: Stories Of Hope, Fear, Family, Life, And Never Giving In,” on December 8 via Rare Bird Books. You can pre-order that book HERE and read a description of it below:
“Before he was the charismatic singer of Black Veil Brides and an accomplished solo artist under the Andy Black moniker, he was Andrew Dennis Biersack, an imaginative and creative kid in Cincinnati, Ohio, struggling with anxiety, fear, loneliness, and the impossible task of fitting in. With his trademark charm, clever wit, and insightful analysis, Biersack tells the story of his childhood and adolescence. The discovery of the artistic passions that would shape his life, and his decision to move to Hollywood after his 18th birthday to make his dreams come true, even when it meant living in his car to make it all a reality. It’s the origin story of one of modern rock’s most exciting young superheroes, from building miniature concerts with KISS action figures in his bedroom to making the RIAA gold-certified single “In the End” and connecting with passionate fans worldwide.”
During a recent interview with Myglobalmind, Black Veil Brides guitarist Jeremy “Jinxx” Ferguson offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the group already have “six solid songs written” for the effort.
Jinxx said the following:
“We have been writing up a storm. I can’t talk too about what we envision for the next album, but we are revisiting the idea of another concept record like we did with [2013’s] ‘Wretched And Divine’. It would be fun to do another concept CD, but we’ll see how things pan out. We have six solid songs written, and we are still writing. Once we do [the ‘Re-Stitch These Wounds’ record-release livestream concert], we will head back into the studio to write some more. We have been doing it all ourselves. Jake [Pitts, guitar] will be producing it, and we are tracking vocals and guitars at his studio. I’m recording the strings at my studio.”
He also added:
“With COVID going on, we have all been quarantined and working at home, but when we do get together, it’s just us and maybe our wives. When we are all in the same room bouncing ideas off each other, it’s a never-ending flood of inspiration and ideas. I’m excited for fans to hear what we are coming up with.”
Black Veil Brides have shared an album sampler for the new re-recorded version of “We Stitch These Wounds.” That release, which is titled “Re-Stitch These Wounds,“ will be available on July 31.
Black Veil Brides are streaming a re-recorded version of their song “Perfect Weapon.” This version of the track will appear on the new re-recorded version of “We Stitch These Wounds.” That release, which is titled “Re-Stitch These Wounds,“ will be available on July 31.
Black Veil Brides will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of “We Stitch These Wounds” by releasing a new re-recorded version of the album, titled “Re-Stitch These Wounds,“ on July 31. You can pre-order that HERE and check out a new version of “Sweet Blasphemy“ below:
Andy Biersack commented:
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to revisit and reimagine our debut album for its 10 year anniversary. A decade ago I was just a teenager trying to find my way and meet like minded musicians, I was fortunate enough to meet Jake and Jinxx and we clicked instantly. I can remember writing so many of these songs in the tiny Hollywood apartment Jake and I shared and tracking our own demos, so to have the opportunity to take a look at these songs again and update them for the modern era of the band with Jake at the helm producing and mixing is a full circle moment for us.
We have never been happier as a band then in the current lineup and it’s amazing to get the chance to start over and do with this record what we always wished we could have done the first time around. This isn’t meant to be a replacement for the original album but rather a companion piece that we hope fans can enjoy and see the musical evolution of the band in a unique way.”
In other news, the band will also be performing “Re-Stitch These Wounds” in full during a special virtual concert on August 1. The event will be streamed live from the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA and tickets can be found at blackveilbrides.live.
As previously reported, Ashley Purdy (ex-Black Veil Brides) was recently accused of mental and sexual abuse by multiple women. Now, the bassist has addressed the allegations with two new statements.
Purdy said the following:
“The initial accusations and matter at hand are being investigated.
To address this one issue:
One tour, no one who is underage is allowed backstage of on buses, period.
We have a tour manager and security present at All times, who check ID’s to make sure you are 18+ or 21+ if drinking.
Its an insurance liability as a traveling business. This is standard procedure set in place to protect all parties.
Anything to the contrary is false.”
He later added:
“I am aware of certain derogatory statements being made on social media about my character. I sincerely believe that every woman has a right to be heard, trusted and respected. However, these statements have been worsening over time and I can assure you many false allegations have been made. I am mortified by what is being said.
At this time, despite my concern for everyone involved, I feel I have no choice but to proceed with legal action to quickly bring the truth to light. I am asking all my friends and fans to be patient and reserve judgment as my attorneys work to clear my name. Until then, I hope that everyone stays safe and knows I am doing everything possible to quickly and responsibly resolve this situation.”
Former Black Veil Brides bassist Ashley Purdy has been accused of mental and sexual abuse. One of the alleged victims, Pearl Carolina, shared her story on Twitter:
More women have since posted their stories using the hashtag #ashleypurdy. Purdy also responded with some videos before making all of his social media accounts private:
Carolina commented on those clips as well:
You can read the messages Carolina mentioned on Twitter.
Black Veil Brides have issued a statement as well:
“We have been informed of the allegations against a former member of our band we want to make it clear that we do not condone the type of abhorrent behavior that’s been described. We are committed to creating a safe community for our fans and advancing a culture in which abuse of any kind is not tolerated. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault, domestic violence, or child abuse, information and resources are available through the Joyful Heart Foundation”
Black Veil Brides will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of “We Stitch These Wounds” by releasing a new re-recorded version of the album, titled “Re-Stitch These Wounds.“ A teaser site has been launched with a timer counting down to the apparent release date, June 26.
Black Veil Brides have released a cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s “American Skin (41 Shots).“ You can stream that over at bvbamericanskin.com. For those unaware, Springsteen wrote the original song in response to the police killing of Amadou Diallo.
Black Veil Brides commented:
“American Skin (41 Shots) is a song originally written and performed by Bruce Springsteen inspired by the police shooting and death of a young black man named Amadou Diallo in New York City in the late 90’s.
Tragically the subject matter of this song is as relevant today as it’s ever been and so we wanted to share with you our own rendition of this song and urge you to donate to support the movement for justice and anti racist organizations.
While obviously a song alone will not be an inflection point for societal change, we as artists wanted to share something in support of this incredibly important time in history and direct you to organizations who are at the forefront of effecting real change and fighting against the systemic oppression and racism that the black community and poc face every single day.
We are not interested in making any money from this song and instead we ask that if you enjoy it please consider donating to one of the many organizations that can be found here:
Donate to the movement for justice and support anti-racist organizations
Thank you for listening. #blacklivesmatter”
Black Veil Brides were previously planning to release a series of two-song EPs instead of doing a full album, but it looks like those plans have changed. During a recent interview with Rock Sound, Andy Biersack revealed that the band are now working on a new concept record.
Biersack said the following:
“We had planned to do the duologies and then I wrote a big opus concept record idea with drawings.”
“I just sat at our kitchen table one night. And I was like, ‘Oh, I have an idea that will be a big, giant, Wretched and Divine-style concept record.’ And so we’re about four songs into that right now.”
Despite this, the band may still release two songs at a time:
“I believe that there’ll be room to release two-song increments. But right now, I’m so invested just on a creative level into this new concept that we have. Designing character elements and costumes and all that kind of stuff. I haven’t had this level of inspiration for something that we’ve done since probably Wretched and Divine.”
He went on to say that the new creative vision also extends to the band’s performances:
“There is huge excitement in the band. We’ve never had more fun onstage; we’ve never enjoyed ourselves more.”