Pierce the Veil may seem like newcomers to the post-hardcore scene but in fealty is that they've been fine-tuning their sound for nearly a decade. Brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes formed the band after their previous act Before Today broke up and to date the four-piece group have released three albums, most recently 2012's Collide With The Sky which saw the act taking their aggressive yet melodic sound to new sonic heights.
Pierce The Veil just embarked on a full U.S. tour alongside All Time Low and afterward they'll be headed to the United Kingdom and Ireland before heading down to South America for the first time this summer. We caught up with Vic during a rare moment of downtime on the road to talk about the frontman's experience dealing with Pierce The Veil's breakthrough success and what's next for the band. Here's one clue, it doesn't involve laziness.
Pierce the Veil have been a band for a while but it seems like things have really taken off over the past few years. Does it feel like your rise has been fast or gradual to you?
A little bit of both. We've been a band for eight years or so and we've done all the opening tours. It's gotten bigger and bigger and this new record took us to a lot of new places—it was a little quicker than anything we've ever done, and we definitely appreciate it. We've been able to accomplish things we've wanted to do for a long time like doing more touring in the UK and headlining our own shows. Especially overseas, people think we're a new band who is blowing up even though we've been a band for so long. But I'm definitely not complaining.
Do you feel a sense of community with other bands who are going through the same thing alongside you like A Day To Remember or Bring Me the Horizon?
When I was a kid looking up to Thrice, Coheed And Cambria and Thursday, they would tour together and I would always think to myself, "I wonder if they're friends or if they actually hang out."
Now that we're kind of in the same boat, it's totally true: Everyone has been doing tons of tours together for so many years that we've made a lot of close friends, and I think we're inspired by each other as well. A lot of us play on each other's records and it's cool because we all grew up together and learn from each other, too.
What does it feel like to be that band for younger kids just getting into punk and hardcore today?
It's really cool. I think we started really realizing it our first time headlining the Warped Tour last summer. We got to play on the main stage and that's what we used to look up to as kids.
It was crazy to be playing side by side with the Used and Taking Back Sunday and hanging out with those guys. I remember how it felt when I met some of my favorite bands when I was a kid and I'll never forget those experiences. I keep that in mind and try to be as cool to our fans as possible because there were a couple of times where I met some bands who were kind of dicks and it bummed me out. I never want to be that guy.
Where do you see Pierce the Veil's music going as things move forward?
I'm not really sure what the next record is going to be like. I think we learn a lot from every record and every tour. We take a lot from the live experiences that we've been having and that will show in the album. If you notice, our first record didn't have as much faster, aggressive parts on it and the more we toured the more we wanted our live feel to come out in the music. Every record just shows years of working at what we're doing and trying to get better at songwriting and playing our instruments so every album in our eyes should be a better version of the band.
How do you think your nationality gives you a unique perspective when it comes to the band?
I don't really think it does. I think we've kind of gone past all that and we can tour anywhere in the world ... it's never really been a big deal. Sometimes kids like to call it Mexi-core or stuff like that, but we don't really promote that, we think it's funny.
That scene you're in isn't the most culturally diverse so i'd imagine it's inspiring to certain people.
Yeah, I can't even count the times I've had people write in and say, "You've made me proud to be Mexican." And that's cool to hear—it's really sweet. I'm a huge fan of Spanish guitar and it's kind of a natural thing for me to put that type of stuff in our music, too. I think with Spanish style music, especially the acoustic stuff, you can really bring out emotions without using words.
At any point, have you had a second to sit back and take stock before moving on to the next tour?
Not really. Like you said, it's been really fast-paced. This is the most touring we'e eve done in our careers, and within these last three tours, we've barely had a break at all.
I think we're going home for two days before the All Time Low tour, we don't come home at all before we go to the UK, and I think we're home for like two days after Australia and Asia. So we're not really getting a whole lot of breaks but we're not going to complain about it; we're definitely a band that loves touring and playing live is one of our strong points so it's fun.
Do you miss being home?
I miss being home. I miss my parents and my roommates and friends, but a lot of it also has to do with the fact that it's hard to sing for months and months. [Laughs] We have two days off right now, and besides this interview I probably won't talk for the next couple of days. One of the hard parts is just physically being able to do everything when your'e touring this much. But it's going okay so far, the voice is holding up. You've just got to be careful with it, you know?
Spring Fever Co-Headliner Tour with All Time Low, Mayday Parade, & You Me At Six Apr 18 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle Apr 19 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte Apr 20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Apr 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory Apr 24 - New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre Apr 26 - Lowell, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena Apr 27 - West Long Branch, NJ @ The MAC at Monmouth University Apr 28 - Towson, MD @ Towson Center Arena Apr 30 - Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory May 1 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore May 2 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant May 3 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre May 4 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave May 6 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre May 8 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre May 9 - Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium May 10 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA May 11 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA May 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre