Los Angeles rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES have completed work on their fifth album for a tentative mid-September release. The follow-up to BLACK VEIL BRIDES' 2014 self-titled effort was produced by John Feldmann at his Southern California studio.
Speaking to Front Row Live at last night's (Sunday, May 14) inaugural "Strange 80s" benefit concert at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, California, BLACK VEIL BRIDES guitarist Jake Pitts stated about the band's upcoming disc (see video below): "We're pretty used to being in the studio. [Fellow BLACK VEIL BRIDES guitarist] Jinxx [a.k.a. Jeremy Miles Ferguson] and I have our own studio. That's what we live for. If we're not touring, we're always in the studio. We'd done a record with John Feldmann previously, so this time, going in with him, we have a relationship with him, we know how everything works. It was really, really painless and we just gelled really well together and made the album."
Jinxx added that BLACK VEIL BRIDES entered the studio in November 2015, about a month after performing at the Aftershock festival at Gibson Ranch just outside Sacramento, California. "We just got off tour and we just went straight in the studio with Feldy. And every day we had a new track or two; we were just writing up a storm. And we're pretty stoked with the turnout."
Asked how the members of BLACK VEIL BRIDES continue to challenge themselves every time they go into the studio, Jake said: "For me, I think it's just, as far as songwriting, trying to outdo ourselves and not putting out the exact same thing. So many bands just play the same kind of riffs and breakdowns and everything, and everything sounds the same, so it's just trying to create something that sounds different, even from what we've done, but still not get too far off track and make fans be, like, 'What the hell are you doing?' and 'I don't like this anymore.' But try to get a bigger fanbase but make everybody happy at the same time. So we try to mix it up with heavy stuff, the ballads, the radio rock kind of stuff, and just kind of give the albums a little bit of everything for somebody."
Added Jinxx: "And I feel like we've matured a lot as writers as well as a band, and we just went back and sought out our influences growing up — our favorite bands growing up, our favorite albums. And that's what we did. And me and him [Jake] sat down and we just wrote riffs based on that. Basically, what we enjoyed, what influenced us growing up, what made us wanna pick up a guitar and play, and that's what we put into this album. And we're super stoked to share that with the world."
GOLDFINGER frontman John Feldmann previously helmed BLACK VEIL BRIDES' 2013 effort "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones".
A new BLACK VEIL BRIDES song called "The Outsider" was released last December and can be streamed below.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES released its first-ever concert DVD and Blu-ray, "Alive And Burning", in July 2015. The cover artwork for the set was designed by the band's longtime friend and previous album cover illustrator Richard Villa.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES' fourth, self-titled album was helmed by producer Bob Rock, whose resume includes LPs by METALLICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE, THE CULT and many others.