“We put a good couple years of our lives completely obsessed with [making] this record,” frontman, Vic Fuentes, explained. “It was actually the reason we called it Misadventures—because it went on so many twists and turns and so many wrong directions and so many weird places that it brought us.”
Four years have passed since Pierce The Veil’s Collide With The Sky. Though a long time, Vic Fuentes’s determination to include meaning and emotion into every syllable proves the wait was well worth it. He paints a picture through his beautifully written words that are destined to be all over Tumblr and sounds that penetrate your soul. Fuentes’s unique crooning is familiar; the only difference is how much sharper his voice sounds.
Passion bleeds from the second Misadventures begins, proving that this band knows how to combine enough aggression to be post-hardcore and still be the edgy punk band their fans know and love. Originality and raw intensity illuminates through topics of self-worth, an individual’s ability to shine, and dreams of leaving everything behind for love, proving Misadventures will leave any fan craving more.
While taking so long to write the album, Vic Fuentes journeyed for around the world to get away from recording. He said, “I felt like I was at a time in my life when I didn’t have the story I wanted to tell.” With that, he wrote the songs in so many places to find inspiration and provide every song with personal meaning.
Misadventures begins with winding, warm guitars and a great piano composition followed by pained screams with the opener, “Dive In.” In an interview for radio.com, Fuentes explained that “there are people who have clearly lost their love for music and still do it.” With lyrics like “Now I wanna be the tattoo ink that swims down through the needle in your skin/And I wish I was poisonous,” the opener is simply an angry song about trying to keep those people away from the band.
“Texas Is Forever,” with its’ energetic tempo and stellar guitar riff, is the second track off the album. Fuentes describes this song as “saying goodbye to someone that you love.” His ex-girlfriend is from Texas, and though they both moved on and happy for each other, the song is about the last time the two said goodbye to each other.
The next song Fuentes explained to radio.com was “Gold Medal Ribbon,” a song dedicated to a friend that passed away. “She was my first girlfriend, the first person I ever said ‘I love you’ to in high school; it was a song for her, letting her know I still think about her.” The song title was no accident either, being a Baskin Robins ice cream flavor, which just so happened to be her favorite.
The last song Fuentes talked about was “Floral & Fading,” an ‘80s ballad with the regular Pierce The Veil flair. The song was written about his current girlfriend, who has gone through the public harassing and threatening her because the two were together. “With [this] song, I was trying to tell her that. All that matters is that we’re together. We could fake our own deaths and disappear and none of it would matter. That was me trying to console her,” he said.
Past all the deep thoughts and meaning behind the songs, they still have unique sounds. With the thumping riffs and “woah” driven tune of “Today I Saw The Whole World,” the song is an anthem in the making. “Circles” provides more than just a hint of pop, while “Bedless” is a pop-rock opera with lyrics like “these stars defy love, so I close my eyes/And sleep inside your worn-in bedline” is a song that needs to be heard to be believed.
The lyrics over everything else make the music amazing. “I think we’re in over our heads” rings of self-doubt on “Sambuka,” while “I’d put a bullet in my head if I ever lost you now” screams of love on “Phantom Power and Ludicrous Speed.” Vic’s last words on the epic album closer, “Song For Isabelle” is a perfect way to end Misadventures: “I’m not a kid anymore, but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again.”
“Because we’ve never done anything like that, we wanted to start off with a once-in-a-lifetime performance for our fans,” Vic Fuentes said. The first tour, as Fuentes explains, is its own special kind of tour. Pierce The Veil will venture out on a 16-city tour where the band will play the entire Misadventures album from beginning to end.
Read more of the interview from Radio.com here.