Pierce the Veil’s (PTV) stage entrance at the 2010 Vans Warped Tour was incredible–just seconds earlier, a skeleton clad in a mariachi outfit burst onto the stage, beckoning the crowd to come closer.
This definitely captured the crowd’s attention and brought forth even more cheers.
(Just a tidbit: The calavera mariachi, or skeleton mariachi musician, is a traditional figure during Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a day dedicated to honor ancestors and deceased loved ones.)
The band opened with their new single, “Caraphernelia,” which ignited the audience and had fans passionately singing along. PTV also performed songs from their first album (A Flair For The Dramatic) including “Chemical Kids and Mechanical Brides” and “Yeah Boy and Doll Face,” which prompted crowd surfing and circle pits. PTV designed the new album with a live audience in mind, and it shows–the crowd remained enthusiastic despite Hurricane Alex’s heavy rain.
Vic Fuentes, vocalist for Pierce the Veil, talks about Warped Tour in Texas, his love for soccer and the band’s thoughts on their latest album, Selfish Machines.
Surprisingly, Warped went on despite the hurricane warning in Houston. Did y’all still enjoy yourselves at the show?
We had an amazing time in Houston! Despite the rain and mud it was an amazing show. We love playing Texas as much as we love playing our hometown because the shows always go off.
Thinking back, was there a moment that inspired you to pursue music?
I think the first time I ever actually wrote a song with some of my friends at a party on our acoustics I knew I wanted to keep doing this. I felt like I had actually made something real and it was like a drug. I just wanted to do it again and again after that.
What bands or music do you guys listen to?
I listen to anything from The Beatles and Queen, to Third Eye Blind, to Thrice and Saves The Day. Just some of my favorites.
We like to see that y’all go back to your Hispanic roots when writing music. So this made us curious…how fluent is your Spanish?
A. Can get by in a Mexican restaurant. Yes, definitely.
B. Fluent enough to speak Spanish comfortably with family and friends. I get lost sometimes because I don’t practice it everyday.
C. Could move to a Spanish-speaking country and become a singing sensation. That would be amazing. I could totally do that, haha!
I speak a lot but I’m not fluent. Jaime speaks the most; he’s totally fluent.
Would you ever consider making a song with Spanish lyrics, or part Spanish/part English?
I have thought about it before. I named one of our new songs in Spanish. It’s called “Besitos,” which means little kisses.
We saw Jaime wearing Mexico’s soccer jersey. How big of a soccer fan are you guys? Are y’all keeping up with the world cup?
We are HUGE soccer fans. We are even entering a soccer tournament on Warped Tour against the other bands.
After touring non-stop for about three years, the new album was definitely worth the wait for fans! What’s the most memorable moment in the making of the album?
The first day on Warped we saw kids singing the new songs and then we knew that it would all pay off. I was so happy that day.
What’s your favorite song on the new album and why?
I really like “The Boy Who Could Fly” because it is so much fun to play live. It’s super fast and reminds me of all the punk bands and shows that I used to love.
What was the band’s reaction when Selfish Machines debuted as #1 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart?
I couldn’t believe it! I had to ask our label if there was a mistake haha! Our mom’s and dad’s are proud.
Is there any advice you would like to share with aspiring bands trying to reach the level you’re at right now?
Make a demo and pass it out to as many people as you possibly can. It’s important to build a following in your hometown and build from there.
–Jennifer & Smez
Photo credit: Stephanie Meza
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