BLACK VEIL BRIDES singer Andy Biersack (a.k.a. Andy Black) is giving fans another sneak preview of his much-anticipated sophomore solo album, "The Ghost Of Ohio" (Lava/Republic), with today's release of the title track. An accompanying music video, which was directed by Patrick Fogarty, can be seen below.
"The Ghost Of Ohio" follows the recent release of lead track and video, "Westwood Road", which was directed by Martin Landgreve and Magnus Jonsson and has already amassed over a million YouTube views.
Both "Westwood Road" and "The Ghost Of Ohio" are available as instant downloads when pre-ordering the album ahead of its April 12 release date.
About the "The Ghost Of Ohio" title track, Black says: "I grew up in southwestern Ohio and moved to Los Angeles at age 18. I've been on the road for essentially my entire adult life, but some part of me always has this intrinsic connection to the town I am from and the good and bad times I experienced there. This song and video both represent the idea of viewing your home from the perspective of an outsider. I wanted to explore the idea of what it feels like to be 'home' but feel a million miles away even though you're surrounded by all the things you are most familiar with."
He continued: "Since the record is also the companion piece to a graphic novel of the same name that follows the titular character in a fictional version of my hometown, I wanted to capture that feeling in the video. This is 'the ghost' haunting his own memories and experiences. One of my favorite music videos is [Bruce] Springsteen's 'Streets Of Philadelphia' and I hoped to capture that same sort of vibe with this video.
"My grandmother's birthday happened to fall around the same time that we were in Cincinnati filming the video and it was such a great experience getting to spend that day with her. The following day we shot in her house for hours. I'd say about 30 percent of the video is in her house (attic, back yard, etc.), which is a place I spent a tremendous amount of time as a child. Also, we were able to put photos of both her and my late grandfather in the video, which was very special to me! It's her voice you hear say 'he's the ghost of Ohio' in the outro of the song."
"The Ghost Of Ohio" sees Black re-teaming with Grammy-nominated producer John Feldmann (BLINK-182, PANIC! AT THE DISCO), who helmed 2016's acclaimed debut, "The Shadow Side". "Westwood Road" was mixed by Grammy winner Neil Avron (TWENTY ONE PILOTS, THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS). The new album is semi-autobiographical, mining the haunted history of Black's hometown to tell a story that explores his childhood anxieties and obsessions.
Black, who's always had a reverence for the magical convergence of sight and sound, created the diverse album to also serve as a soundtrack for its graphic novel counterpart, marrying melancholy themes with upbeat rock and pop to tell the tale of someone who died young and whose spirit inhabits an area for a hundred years looking for ways to connect. The album's artwork was painted by Eliran Kantor (ICED EARTH, TESTAMENT).
Black will support the album with "The Ghost Of North America" tour, a headlining run that will kick off April 7 at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California.
Black, born Andy Biersack, left Cincinnati for Hollywood at age 18. He lived out of his car, broke, and as Rolling Stone once put it, "subsisting on visions of what would become his wildly successful glam-metal outfit, BLACK VEIL BRIDES." By his early 20s, he led BLACK VEIL BRIDES on extensive world tours, released a string of Billboard Top 10 and 20 albums and was splashed across the covers and pages of magazines ranging from AP to Italian Vogue.
On the "The Shadow Side", Biersack stretched his creative wings beyond the blueprint of the vintage-Sunset-Strip-meets-modern-hard-rock-vibe of BLACK VEIL BRIDES. "That album was the beginning of a return to who I've always wanted to be," he says. "A rediscovering of my deepest roots."
"'The Ghost Of Ohio' is the next step. It's a full embrace of my long-held passion for imagination, stretching back to when I discovered my dad's KISS trading cards in the basement and walked my neighborhood streets dressed up like Batman."