Selfish Machines is Pierce The Veil's second album, which they originally released on June 22, 2010. PTV has grown a lot since this album, but this one is most definitely one of their most popular ones.
The album starts with a fast-paced and high energy track called “Besitos.” The opening guitar riff is insane, and honestly, this is the kind of song you could open a show with. This song really brings out their Spanish roots. Most of their songs only hint at them, but this track is a full feature of them.
“Caraphernelia” is one of their most popular songs and was the first real single for this album. This song has a little bit of everything; between the lyrics, the keyboard effects, and Jeremy McKinnon’s (A Day to Remember) aggressive guest vocals, it is just an amazing song, and definitely one of their best songs overall.
“Stay Away From My Friends” is a personal favorite of mine. It’s a bit on the slower side, and in terms of the instruments, it is mostly dominated by piano and drums. The lyrics of this song really prove that Vic Fuentes writes from the heart, and that is one of the many reasons their work is so special.
“Disasterology” is an incredible song. It’s fast, high energy, and the kind of song a band would play to get the crowd pumped up. “Million Dollar Houses (The Painter)” is a beautiful song. It’s about how money can really fuck up people’s lives, and how love is the most important thing in life. Vic actually said in an interview with AP that he wrote this song as a gift to his parents. “The Sky Under The Sea,” has steady drums and a damn good guitar riff. The song is about how people are selfish when it comes to live. In an interview with AP, Vic said, and I quote, “The selfish machine refers to the animal inside all of us that no one ever wants to admit is there. I consider all of our evil thoughts and desires that we are ashamed of to be perfectly natural.” Overall, this album is incredible and I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of how much they like PTV.
If you’ve never listened to them, this album would be a pretty good place to start. Anywhere is a good start, honestly, but I personally recommend starting here.
As previously mentioned, Pierce The Veil has grown a lot since the release of this album, and that includes making new content. They have released two other albums since this one, one of which just came out on May 13 of this year. That one was Misadventures, and you are highly encouraged to read the review we got to do in advanced for it by clicking here. You also can catch them live on tour this October with I Prevail and Neck Deep, so please head on over to PTV's official website to for a full list of tour dates.
Written by Cassidy Donahue
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