Black Veil Brides started in 2007 when 16-year-old vocalist, Andy Six, began seeking players to create a vision of a modern day heavy metal band, combining the theatrics and passion of Misfits, Motley Crue, and Kiss, with lyrical content that pertains to the downtrodden outcasts of society. The goal was to create songs that could be a rallying cry for the disenfranchised, and bring back the community and passion that was once so prevalent in rock and roll.
Early on the band went through various member changes, but it wasn’t until 2009 when Andy moved to Los Angeles and met drummer, Sandra Alva, that the vision started to come into fruition. They created a video for the song “Knives and Pens”, a song that spoke of the difficulty of growing up as an outcast in America, and the struggles that face youth on a day-to-day basis. The video amassed thousands of plays within the first week alone, and by the time the video was on YouTube for a month it had already reached views in the millions!
Several weeks after the video was released, Andy began the hunt to find members to fill out the band. Soon there after, Andy contacted bassist Ashley Purdy, through an internet ad. The three members instantly got on the same page about the image and direction that the band needed to go in, and together they were able to shape the concept and visual imagery of the band.
Still on the look out for players that both musically and visually complimented the three of them, they eventually recruited guitarist, Jinxx. Jinxx’s classical background helped add a new dimension to the line up, however the band felt they were still missing a shredder, someone who could bring the heavy metal sound they were looking for. It was then that Jinxx recommended his buddy, Jake Pitts. After meeting with Jake and seeing his musicianship, the band then knew they had all the key players to round out an all-star line up. Each member would bring something special to the table, and help Black Veil Brides to become the band that could bring about a change in heavy metal music.
The writing process for a tour and a record began immediately. In a span of two weeks, the band had a set list ready to go, and hit the road. Their first tour, the “On Leather Wings” tour was a total success. Eager fans awaited their live debut appearance with sold out shows across the United States. During this time, plays on the band’s MySpace were consistently toping 10k a day, and the views for the “Knives and Pens” video on YouTube were at nearly 5 million! The band found themselves repeatedly in the "top artists" charts on Myspace.com and watched the number of Black Veil Brides supporters grow!
After heading home from the successful tour, Black Veil Brides immediately hit the recording studio to begin their debut album, We Stitch These Wounds.
At this same time Black Veil Brides had their first shirt in Hot Topic stores regionally, and could not keep them on the shelves. As the band began their next tour as a supporting act, they found the dedicated and loyal fan base and demographic growing. Again they were exceeding expectations in ticket and merchandise sales. This, in turn, allowed the band to have another tee-shirt put in Hot Topic stores nationally, which also sold out in stores and online.
Black Veil Brides are…
Andy Six - Vocals
Jake Pitts - Lead Guitar
Ashley Purdy - Bass
Jinxx - Guitar
Sandra Alva – Drums