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Interview:
Pierce The Veil at Chill on the Hill -- 5 things to know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Pierce The Veil released "The Divine Zero," the first single from its fourth album, "Misadventures," during June of 2015.

The San Diego rock troupe could not have known that the album itself would not follow for another 11 months.

Nevertheless, "Misadventures" proved worth the wait. Coming off the triumph of 2012's "Collide With The Sky" -- which ?? -- "Misadventures" debuted at a career-high Nov. 4 on the Billboard 200 in May and was the group's second consecutive No. 1 entry on the Alternative Rock Albums chart. "Texas Is Forever" and "Circles" followed as singles and the group has been touring hard since just before the release.

So frontman Vic Fuentes is happy, and a bit relieved, as he checks in by phone from Chicago to talk about the adventures that led to "Misadventures," and beyond...

Fuentes, 33, is adamant that PTV did not intend to take four years between albums. "Every band goes through one that takes way longer than the others, I think," he says. "We set out to do this record just like any other one, booked a couple months of recording time and all that. I ended up staying well over recording time working on lyrics and vocals and stuff. I wanted everything to be on par with the music, which I felt was really strong. So I jsut didn't rush 'em and waited for good stories and did a lot of traveling to work on the lyrics and make sure they were right."

Not everybody was particular patient about waiting for Fuentes to finish, however. "Oh yeah -- obviously everybody wanted the record in their hands in a week," he says with a laugh. "After awhile I think everybody kinda realized it doesn't do any good to breathe down somebody's neck when they're trying to make a piece of art. So eventually everyone kind of let me do me thing and let me finish on my own time. When it was ready they were all happy with it."

"Misadventures'" release coincides with the 10th anniversary of Fuentes starting the band, bringing brother Mike in on drums along wtih guitarist Tony Perry and bassist Jaime Preciado. Don't look for much in the way of celebration, whoever. "It doesn't seem that long, honestly. We didn't even know until people started telling us it was our 10-year, and we're like, 'Oh...That's crazy!'," Fuentes says. "But when I look back at old pictures and stuff, none of the guys have tattoos in some of them. We couldn't even drink yet. It's just been such a crazy thing growing up together with these guys, but I doesn't seem that long to me. I think because our band's always been kind of a slow growth, we've just kept growing as the years go by and haven't paid attention to the time. Maybe it'll hit us when we're 20, y'know?"

Chill On The Hill featuring Pierce The Veil, Bastille, The Used and more

2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway at Schoenherr, Sterling Heights.

Tickets are $60 in pavilion $40 lawn in advance, $75 and $50 day of show, with a $220 and $139 four-packs, respectively.

Call (586) 268-5100 or visit palacenet.com.




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