Gig Review by Gena Hollyoake with Photography by Andy Watson

Pierce The Veil

The release of their latest album Misadventures brought Pierce The Veil to the O2 Birmingham Academy on this frosty Saturday evening. Ever popular in the UK, it was no surprise that this show was a complete sell out – even Radio 1 Rock Show’s Dan P Carter bypassed the German Markets to grace The Academy with his presence.

LetLive!

Main support came from fellow Californians, Letlive, who are the perfect addition to get a crowd going. This is a band that isn’t about sound quality – they are all about pure entertainment. You could hardly hear Jason Aalon Butler’s vocals for the majority of the set as he was either running around the stage, taking showers with his water bottle, jumping into the crowd or giving security a heart attack by dangling precariously over the upstairs balcony.

LetLive!

LetLive!

Whatever he was doing, you couldn’t help but keep watching, the crowd entirely bemused by his rebellious antics. At one point Butler ripped the stage apart (no, literally!) as he found a roll of carpet from somewhere and flung it into the crowd. Rattling through hits such as Renegade’86, Muther and Foreign Cab Rides, they came, they saw and they most definitely conquered, leaving only a trail destruction and the O2 Academy shaken in their wake.

Pierce The Veil

Despite entering in astronaut suits and having a light show to rival an Ibiza rave, Pierce The Veil started off in what felt like fairly timid fashion compared to the bedlam before. However, they soon kicked it up a gear, inciting circle pits across the crowd with their epic breakdowns and well timed bursts of smoke.

Pierce The Veil

Mixing old with new, they played tracks such as Dive In, Texas Is Forever and Caraphernelia. At one point Vic Fuentes picked an unsuspecting fan from the audience and proceeded to serenade her with Bulletproof Love. It felt like we were waiting forever to hear anything from their album Collide With The Sky but midway through we were served with a triple whammy of Hell Above, Bulls In The Bronx and Tangled In The Great Escape.

Pierce The Veil

“For this one, I need a little help from a friend” Vic said before Letlive’s Jason Aalon Butler burst onstage like a greyhound out of the traps, running around like a caged animal that had just been set free and raising the tempo again.

Pierce The Veil

For the encore they performed fan favourites Circles and King For A Day – which had by far the biggest reaction of the night.

Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil are a band that never seem to age and they look as if they are genuinely having as much of a good time now as they were 10 years ago. They bring their fun, carefree, sunny San Diego disposition to the stage and it feels like you are still watching teenagers jamming in their garage at home – only with fancy lights, a huge audience and a hell of a lot of ticker tape. They are completely faultless, know how to put on a great show and to give them their due; they have stuck to a heavier sound when other Fearless Records bands have opted for a softer, safer approach.

Pierce The Veil

But for us, Letlive completely stole the show tonight. I guess that’s what can happen when there is such a strong support.

Pierce The Veil

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