As one of the most recognized post-hardcore/rock bands in the world, Pierce The Veil is known for putting on a jaw-dropping live show that you’ll be telling your grandchildren about down the journey of life. Gearin’ up to kick off their ‘Made To Destroy’ tour, I had the pleasure to chat with lead guitarist, Tony Perry, about hittin’ the road, ‘Misadventures’, and out of the ordinary experiences that come alive out of the blue throughout the madness of nonstop touring.
Header photo by: Ashley Osborn
First and foremost, how are you feeling about the upcoming tour and what do attendees have to look forward to this time around?
We are looking forward to playing all of our songs. The last tour that we did here in the US was just our previous record. So, now we are going to be playing a mix of old and new songs.
Describe the creative and recording process for your latest studio album release, ‘Misadventures’.
It was a long record to put out. A lot of the process was kind of done all over the place; Vic recorded some stuff up in Big Bear, some stuff in Seattle, some things in San Diego, some over in New York. It was put together all over the US.
I saw that you guys have spent a significant amount on tour overseas over the past few years…
I’m sure Vic was writing lyrics all over the world. We didn’t really record unless we were home or in New York at the studio.
Other than touring all over the world, what were you guys up to during the four year gap between your 2012 album release, ‘Collide With The Sky’ and ‘Misadventures’?
There was some time off, but most of the time was spent trying to get the record out. There were breaks here and there, but because the process kept getting broken up so much, we kind of had to keep jumping into it over and over again.
I assume that you guys had to go through a transitional phase from everyday society’s expectation of living to the lifestyle that you’re living now.
Yeah. It was a slow process, it’s not like we just jumped into doing what we’re doing now. We all started off with day jobs and playing music as a hobby. Eventually, music took over more and more of our lives; it wasn’t like we just flipped the switch and jumped into a touring career.
Who are some of your early influences when it comes to making music, and who are you digging recently?
More recently, we have made a lot of friends over the years touring with different bands, and a lot of our friends are putting out new records right now. I know that A Day To Remember put out some new stuff which sounds awesome; it’s a great record that I’ve been listening to a lot. It’s kind of nice to have all of these friends and meet new people throughout this industry. We are constantly hearing new bands and new music.
Tell us about your tattoos and the artists behind them.
Most of my work is done by an artist in San Diego by the name of Tyler Densley. He actually left San Diego a few years back, I believe he is in Utah now. I have my whole body done, there’s no specific theme; there is way too much stuff on me to have a specific theme. It’s kind of all over the place.
In general, what do you aspire to integrate into your music? What is the most important element for you?
Like how we were talking about different friends in bands and stuff, there is always different influences and things going on that we draw inspiration from whether it’s music or other stuff that is going on around us in which we draw inspiration for our lyrics from. Processing and acting on change; there is always going to be something that we want to try. Nothing to crazy. We don’t want to completely change our style, just enough to keep things interesting.
Tell us about one of the craziest encounters you have ever come across on tour.
Our fans are all pretty good to us, so no one has been too crazy. As of recent, we went to Australia; while we were there, we got to hang out with some kangaroos and koalas.
When the gang engages in nerdy activities, what do you guys like to do to supplement your creativity outside of music?
I know the other guys like to play video games; they play Fifa and Madden. On tour for me, to kill time between flights and stuff, I’ve been reading a lot. I listen to a lot of music and whenever we can, we will have guitars on the bus so we can keep jamming. I just recently read the NOFX book.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
One thing we try to tell everyone is that one of our songs, “The Divine Zero”, is about if there is a goal in life or something that you want to do, you should just do it. You don’t need to wait. You’re capable of a lot right now. There’s no reason to wait to try to start whatever it is no matter how old you are. If there is something that you want to do and something you want to be, you can start working toward that goal right away. See you at the shows.