By JIM GREEN
One of the reasons I was looking forward to the 2013 Vans Warped Tour this summer was Black Veil Brides.
Since being introduced to them by a friend who photographed them on the 2011 Warped Tour, I have enjoyed their music and have wanted to see, hear and photograph them. So when this year’s Warped Tour was announced, I eagerly anticipated the lineup and was thrilled when BVB was added.
Back in 2011 when I first discovered them, BVB wore heavy KISS-inspired makeup and lots of leather.
Two years later, almost all of the kabuki makeup is gone, some of the leather still remains, and visually the band may not be quite as interesting, but they are still a solid unit musically.
I was fortunate enough to see the quintet (Andy Biersack, Ashley Purdy, Jinxx, Jake Pitts and Christian (CC) Coma twice on this year’s Warped Tour: Virginia Beach, Va., and Charlotte, NC. They did not disappoint either time.
The group drew large crowds to the stage regardless of the time they played (2:30 p.m. in Virginia Beach and 8 p.m. in Charlotte). They have a fan base that is as diverse and rabid as any band I have come across in the past few years. Even without the makeup, this could be a band that has longevity to it if it continues to put out such strong material as “Fallen Angels,” “In The End,” “Resurrect the Sun” and other youth/rebellion-inspired anthems.
Much like KISS, Black Veil Brides is a band you either love or hate. I am not sure there is any middle ground. They get flak for not being metal enough and some of Biersack’s rants have drawn criticism, but they put on an outstanding show. The 30-minute sets during the Warped Tour are really not enough to show what this band can do live. To be able to survive, they have to continue to write solid material and develop consistency in their live shows in order to keep their young fans and gain new ones.
I liked what I saw and I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with next.