Senior Writer Jesse Richman sat down with Juliet Simms and Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) at Warped Tour a week or so ago for an incredibly in-depth interview. Most of the year we don’t get to spend as much time together as we’d like to, because of tours and schedules. Andy: I get up every morning at the buttcrack of dawn and help her set up her merch, and…Juliet: Even on Warped Tour, where this amazing rockstar should be sleeping in bed until 3PM, he’s getting up in the morning and carrying things, finding people with me, helping out with street teamers, and doing everything with me. Juliet: The song was very much inspired by the fact that I’d have fans come to me in person or through Facebook, Twitter, fan letters, all of that, and I’d read them. I feel like one of the reasons why we’ve connected so much is that we have a lot of the same mentality. I am going to get an album done this year for sure and out. Andy: You know, there are different divisions of punk rock, and people who believe “only this is punk rock” and “only this is punk rock.” And within that, bands started to tread that line.We spoke with Simms and Biersack about Warped Tour, How are you guys doing? But actually, every tour that she’s done since I’ve been on. It’s absolutely incredible how much he’s been helping me. Right now it’s such a controversial time right now – there’s bullying. You go back even to the 80’s, when the glam rock stuff was going on, and that was “heavy metal.” These bands like GBH, all these bands that were teasing up their hair and doing glam rock albums, like TSOL that cross that line.
Initially, you were only going to do a short run on Warped Tour. He really was just like, “you’re going to be on here acoustic, you’re going to be on here for the full thing.”You’ve done Warped as a full band tour with Automatic Loveletter. A band like Bring Me The Horizon, they have a mosh-metal feeling to them. There are always elements of punk rock in the whole festival, it’s just sometimes people can’t see it that way. There’s only one band on this tour, and that’s Black Dahlia Murder, that you could probably classify as “metal” as it is. It’s not necessarily the type of music I buy and listen to, but I go by their stage and go, “Holy fuck, they’re playing guitars!But you recently announced that you’ll be doing the full tour. Is it strange being up there solo instead of with a band? And then the one thing that’s kept on, that I think is amazing, is ska has also had a very long history on this tour. ” Not to dog any bands on the tour, but it’s nice to hear people playing the fucking guitar, not just hitting it over and over again while people jump.Juliet: What happened was that I went and visited Andy during the California dates. With Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger and some smaller stage bands, there’s a lot of ska on this tour, and that hasn’t been around in a while. Since you went there, I have to ask about the amp controversy.And I basically just went up to Kevin [Lyman] and was like… Bands have been doing fake cabs since The Who in the 70’s.It takes a lot of money to be on this tour, and I didn’t have the funds to be on it with a full band. Andy: It’s as simple as this: Black Veil Brides is the band with the long hair and the body paint and the makeup. And then Black Veil Brides stops wearing the makeup, cuts the hair, and it’s “the guy sounds like the guy from Nickelback” now. We did pretty well, but this year is a whole different ball game. You mentioned that you guys aren’t exactly where the tour started out. Juliet: Andy is actually the first official, like, “Never Take It Off by Andy Biersack.” Andy: People tie things around their finger, to remember a date. Juliet: He designed his line, did came up with the names of the vows and bracelets, and necklaces. So Andy, while I’ve got you here, do you mind if I ask you a couple questions? All of the macho swagger of everyone being on stage, all the “get the fuck up” and shit, it’s fine. But the one thing that should be said by every band – and I think most bands do – is that it is truly an honor for anyone to be involved in this. For any of our bands that are stylistically a departure from the core of bands the tour started with, like NOFX playing in front of a lake and trees, for us to be accepted onto something like this, and to be the people that are carrying the flag on Kevin’s tour, is a huge honor. Our touring numbers were solid at clubs, but we hadn’t played big stages or whatver. I went to Warped Tour every single year growing up and I got to see Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, and AFI and all my favorite bands that I’d stand and watch. I say it on stage every day and I mean it: It really is an honor. Going into the last Warped Tour we did, we just put out our first major label album. Andy: It’s very different to be one of the headlining bands on the tour and to have that situation is very humbling.Okay, we come out and play new songs and they’re “oh, that’s different. ” So they go on stage and take a picture of our cabs and then say that they’re fake amplifiers.Which, by the way, is so incredibly ignorant, because cabinets are never amplifiers! Unless someone has figured out a way to plug directly into a cab!