(All questions answered by Ashley Purdy)
When going into the studio how many songs did the band have written and how did you decide which songs would make it onto “We Stitch These Wounds”?
I couldn’t put any number figure on it. But like any band or process we started writing and a lot of the initial writing either got scrapped or re-written. Some made the album and some didn’t. Through our progression we shaped an album that is consistent and is a seamless story from beginning to end. I wouldn’t call it a “concept” album per say, but it is a very cohesive album.
Can you explain the meaning behind the new album’s title, “We Stitch These Wounds”?
Again, the message is one of hope and over-coming adversity. We all have a past or a scar, but we learn and grow from it. It makes us who we are, so we cherish that. Have fun, live life with no regret… life’s short and is about learning. Learn from the things you don’t like in life and make one that is enjoyable to you.
Are you surprised at the success Black Veil Brides has achieved so far?
Not really over all. It’s come a little quicker than anticipated. We are a little enamored everyday when we achieve something new before our debut album even comes out. But generally speaking for myself and Andy; We always knew we were Rockstars, we always believed we were going to be ones, it’s what we always wanted to be as kids and basically embodied the “fake it, till’ you make it” motto. So everything we each did on a daily basis was in ways of creating a larger than life Rock band like that of KISS and Crue that hasn’t existed in decades. We’ve learned from our predecessors in what to do and what not to do, so far so good in ways of us putting out a product for a large audience that enjoys what we’re doing. We are also grateful for that.
With so many people downloading music instead of buying it do you think this is the beginning of the end of the CD?
Yes and No. Yes in the sense that if you have a crappy product and music with only filler, people will just download the one or two songs. But if you put together a solid album, people will buy it and want to have it. It’s pretty simple. I know that we take this notion into consideration and we try to make every song a single, so that you will want to purchase them all individually or as an album. However, we do come from the school of music where we loved having something tangible to hold and look at while listening to the record, so I can guarantee you, every Black Veil Brides Album will have killer artwork, hidden treasures and extra inserts in the Album that you can only buy at stores. It gives you more of an incentive to purchase the album. But it also gives our loyal fans something more they deserve for their money.
What is the best way for a diehard Black Veil Brides fan to get their CD signed by their favorite band member?
Just come out to a show. We love our fans and take the time to meet and greet every single one of them. We’ll stay for hours after our set and sign autographs and take pictures. Without our fans we wouldn’t have a CD to sign.
Where do you see Black Veil Brides 5 years from now?
Wow, that’s a big time frame. But Sky’s the limit! Right now, we’re already doin’ so much before our record drops, that even in the next year I see us growing out of the large club circuit into Arena venues. But in 5 years, definitely in Stadiums and we’ll most likely be on at least our 5th record and on top of the world if things keep progressing as they are with the help of our loyal Bridesmaids..!!
1. The Outcasts (Call To Arms)
2. We Stitch These Wounds
3. Beautiful Remains
4. Children Surrender
5. Perfect Weapon
6. Knives and Pens
7. The Mortician's Daughter
8. All Your Hate
9. Heaven's Calling
10. Never Give In
11. Sweet Blasphemy
*13. Knives and Pens (Acoustic)*
*Only for a limited time when bought at HotTopic (not available anymore)