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Interview:
Black Veil Brides put four on the floor with latest album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The last time we saw Black Veil Brides the Hollywood-based group was in heavy conceptual mode, hawking its 2013 album “Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones.”

But for the new “IV,” frontman Andy Biersack says the quintet decided to simplify things a bit and return to a more traditional song approach.

“I don’t think that we ever set out in the early days of the band to say, ‘Let’s make every record be somewhat different in terms of tone or have an obvious evolution or trajectory that is audibly there,’ “ says Biersack, 23, who co-founded BVB during 2006 in Cincinnati before moving west. “But we’ve grown, and even aesthetically things have changed with every single cycle.

“I’ve always liked that about bands; my favorite bands growing up are the ones that seemed to grow with each with me. So while it isn’t a conscious effort, necessarily, to redefine ourselves or whatever you want to call it, we do try our best to be a band that’s making something that’s new and exciting each time.”

Biersack acknowledges there were challenges in making “IV -- which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month. The group worked for the first time with Canadian producer Bob Rock, which the frontman calls “a dream come true that we didn’t know we had.” Harder, however, was a kind of group recovery from “Wretched and Divine,” healing strained relationships caused by what Biersack says was his “tunnel vision” approach to that project.

“There certainly wasn’t a rift within the band, but it wasn’t a comprehensive, ‘We’re all in this together’ kind of experience,” Biersack says. “I made the band suffer in a way. You lose things, sometimes, because of yourselves.

“So the mission statement this time was, ‘We’re going to be a band again and friends again.’ The law that was laid down early was this was going to be a record that all five members of the band were involved in every single decision made -- the way the songs were written, recorded, everything. It was a good way of taking the lessons we learned and the experiences we had and not only growing as a band but improving ourselves as people.”

• Black Veil Brides, Falling In Reverse, Set It Off and Drama Club

• Saturday, Nov. 15. Doors open at 6 p.m.

• Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

• Tickets are $25 in advance, $29 day of show.

• Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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