Vic Fuentes, frontman for the San Diego modern rock group Pierce the Veil, says he and his bandmates -- including drummer and younger brother Mike Fuentes -- "just went crazy" while working on their third album, "Collide With the Sky."
"We wrote as much as possible," Fuentes, 29, recalls. "We wrote the album over a year(-long) span. We did a lot of traveling to write with friends, wrote all over the country, stayed in a cabin for a couple months in the summer -- all kinds of stuff, just to get as much material as possible. We had hard drives full of fun stuff.
"The whole process was pretty long but very productive. We were super happy with what we did."
Fuentes says Pierce the Veil garnered a lot of inspiration from its fans for the new album's songs -- including "King For a Day," the first single and a kind of made-to-order collaboration with Kellin Quinn from the band Sleeping With Sirens.
"We were getting approached by our fans like crazy asking us to do a collaboration with Sleeping With Sirens," Fuentes explains. "I was getting tweeted all the time, 'Dude, you guys need to do a song together.' So we reached out to them and kind of became friends. We have a lot of respect for (Quinn) as a singer. I think he's awesome. We actually did our parts in different studios but we were together on Warped Tour this summer and sang the song every day, live.
"It was really great to get to know each other, and now we're all good friends. And it's so cool how our fans brought us together."
Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, Tonight Alive and Hands Like Houses perform Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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