Andy Biersack, singer for the acclaimed glam rock/ hard rock band, Black Veil Brides has released a solo album under another alias! Meet 'Andy Black', who actually made a slight debut in May 2014, with a one-off single, "They Don't Need To Understand." The song is not on this solo album, but definitely turned some heads and raised some eyebrows.
As with any solo project that creeps up, a rumor rose up about a possible break up of Black Veil Brides. Fans can rest assured though, as Andy has said he wanted to do this as more of a hobby, than a career. Black Veil Brides is still his main focus, but its fun to explore other platforms as well.
The Shadow Side was released on May 6 of this year, and fans have been loving it. The lead single, "We Don't Have To Dance" came out in promotion for the album in late March of this year, and the internet's interest grew even more. The song is the second track on the album, and is very fast paced and upbeat in tune. However, in meaning, I think its actually touching on the topic of social anxiety. As far as I know, Andy does not have social anixety. But then again, I don't know the man, so maybe he does and I don't know it. Or maybe, he's just speaking for those who do struggle with it as a way of saying, "Hey, I understand it, and its okay." None the less, its a great track that's a lot of fun to listen to.
There's a beautiful message that is portrayed in almost every song on the album. That message is 'its okay', and 'you're not alone.' Its all very melodic and personal as well, which just brings more meaning to the surface.
Some of my favorite tracks are "Homecoming King", "Stay Alive", "Put The Gun Down" and "Drown Me Out."
Actually, I think "Drown Me Out" is my absolute favorite track on the album, because its just saying you're still here. Life isn't going to drown you out, even when things get tough. Instead you're going to face everything and rise. Ignore the Papa Roach reference, that was my doing, but Andy did make it perfectly clear he was going to rise above it all and be heard. I found this to be rather empowering and beautiful.
The entire album has that vibe and its beautiful. Definitely go give it a listen, even if you're not a fan of Black Veil Brides. Actually, especially if you're not a fan of them because its completely different from the sound we're used to Andy working with. So, it may be a fresh new look for some people. I highly recommend you give it a chance! You can get it now on iTunes, Amazon, or in stores now!
Use it as a way to get excited as well because Andy is on tour now in the UK with Creeper and will be coming to the US near the end of this month! Further information can be found on the official Andy Black website.
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