BLACK VEIL BRIDES singer Andy Biersack spoke to U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine about the forthcoming debut album from his solo project, ANDY BLACK. Tentatively due later in the year, the disc — which is being produced by John Feldmann — is expected to include collaborations with FALL OUT BOY’s Patrick Stump, Gerard Way, 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER’s Ashton Irwin and ALL TIME LOW’s Rian Dawson.
“It’s completely different, very unlike my entire career, which has been spent in a collaborative effort with four other individuals,” Biersack explained. “There’s also a precedent when it comes to making a BLACK VEIL BRIDES record. At this point now, this is our fifth record that we’re making — and that’s not to say that we go in with a cookie-cutter approach, but we certainly know stylistically what we like. The odd thing about the solo record was there was no precedent.”
Asked what the ANDY BLACK is sounding like, Biersack said: “I think my intention for this was to go as far in the other direction as possible. Sonically, the goal was to really play with music and a lot of different stuff, to have a lot of odd instrumentation and to have a lot of programmed stuff, keyboards and more classic, almost pop-rock guitar. It’s more U2 than MEGADETH. There are no guitar solos on the record. There’s a lot of drumming styles; there’s some weird sleigh bells. It was about playing with music and seeing what happened. We came up with something in the vein of stuff I love — U2, Adam Ant… It’s somewere between Springsteen, new romantic and modern goth-pop music.”
Biersack previously described ANDY BLACK as a “fun and artistic way for me to try something that musically I wouldn’t want to force into BLACK VEIL BRIDES.”
Asked why he couldn’t incorporate his songs into BLACK VEIL BRIDES, Biersack replied, “There are so many bands I loved growing up whose singer would have a new idea for a sound and then completely ruin the band by taking a shit on the whole audience. That wasn’t my interest.”
Biersack continued, “It would be different if the reason I was doing this was that I wanted to get away from BLACK VEIL BRIDES… This is more that I didn’t want to cross the two things.”
The singer said that when he informed his bandmates about the project, “I made it very clear… it was a passion project on the side, and everybody in the band gets it.”