How are you guys doing? I caught your set this afternoon, Juliet. First of all, it sounded great and the crowd seemed to be into it.
How are you feeling about these dates? Honestly, it was unexpected to arrive on this tour and have such an incredible response. I only came out here with a guitarist. Thankfully, Black Veil Brides have been more than accommodating and Warped Tour has been so accommodating in helping me so much. I can only imagine! Keep-A-Breast has been amazing too.
Was there any great romantic story to that? I was screaming that I love Andy. She was a little upset [Laughs]. Is it tough, with both of you being so in the middle of big points in your careers right now, to find the time? I just go out with her. On the last one I helped, I co-tour managed. Do you schedule it around each other? Black Veil is on tour like eight months out of the year. He came out and was on tour with me in a van! No laying down or anything, and just helping me with everything.
I get up every morning at the buttcrack of dawn and help her set up her merch, and… Juliet: Initially, you were only going to do a short run on Warped Tour.
What happened was that I went and visited Andy during the California dates. So I told Kevin. Is it strange being up there solo instead of with a band? Dave, my guitarist, has been incredible. Is Automatic Loveletter still a thing? To be completely honest, Automatic Loveletter was me. I wrote every song. It seems like a lot are going there to try to escape from this world, to get into more mainstream territory, more radio territory.
I think that Warped Tour is such a great tour. She went on a tour with an artist she had toured with in the past, and the tour was very poorly promoted. It was a poorly attended tour.
They can walk up and go see their favorite singer. I imagine they stick out like a sore thumb. Like screaming and stuff! They obviously saw me from the show. Is it hard for you? It makes them different. That sounds a lot like what Black Veil Brides have been singing about for a few years. Is that part of your bond?
Andy has inspired me so, so much. It just worked out perfectly. Plus I like her hair. Good for Warped Tour. Can you talk a bit about what you guys are up to?
I performed with him a couple weeks ago on his new single. What else is coming? Is there an album in the works? They have an option. The single was released through a contractual option. The rest of it is up to whether they want to make a record or not. I have so many studios, so many friends, so many musicians… I am going to get an album done this year for sure and out. Have you been writing in the meantime?
She has, like, songs. Is that indicative of where the writing for the album is going? And I feel like I did that. I wanted to sing songs that inspired me throughout my career and inspired me to sing and be in a band. I feel like that connected a lot. Oh not at all! And it needs to be there. One other thing I wanted to quickly ask you about. You have a bracelet company called Never Take It Off. Can you tell me how that came to be? The kids get them and they put them on. Never Take It Off.
I like it a lot. I now have a line within it. People tie things around their finger, to remember a date. He designed his line, did came up with the names of the vows and bracelets, and necklaces.
How are Black Veil Brides doing this year? I say it on stage every day and I mean it: It really is an honor. We all do it. The reception to us has been insane as well. Going into the last Warped Tour we did, we just put out our first major label album.
We did pretty well, but this year is a whole different ball game. There are a lot of little scenes, but not one overriding scene anymore. Why do you think metal has become such a strong part of what started as a punk rock thing? You have these punk rock bands that crossed that line way back then.
But they do know what Metallica is though, so they can associate with that part of our influence. A band like Bring Me The Horizon, they have a mosh-metal feeling to them. I greatly respect them. Since you went there, I have to ask about the amp controversy. Black Veil Brides is the band with the long hair and the body paint and the makeup.
But there has to be something! Which, by the way, is so incredibly ignorant, because cabinets are never amplifiers! You cannot play music out of a cab. Unless someone has figured out a way to plug directly into a cab! Machinehead came out last week and was defending us in a way.
Do they have fucking cables going up to the ceiling? How could they possibly maintain any amount of electricity in that venue with 9 million cabs. KISS has had cabs that shoot video out of them for years! Do they think those are working as well?
See these pieces of wood? People always find something. You brought up KISS earlier. You guys lost a lot of the makeup and longhair that made your reputation in the beginning. You become a caricature of yourself over time.
The look fits well with that.