With so much negativity in the world, many people tend to turn to music as an outlet for their emotions.
Personally, Pierce The Veil was one of those musical outlets for me. If you don’t know the band you may
be asking, “Well why them?”
Between their raw lyrics and their live shows along with their caring personalities, Pierce The Veil’s
music always seems to be about making a difference in someone’s life.
Many of the lyrics that are written by the band’s primary writer and lead vocalist, Vic Fuentes, are
written from personal experiences that either he faced or heard about at some point in his life. With
Pierce The Veil’s latest album Collide With the Sky, Vic shared some of the songs meanings publicly
through a YouTube channel called ArtisanNewsService.
Off the album, the song “A Match Into Water” contains the lyrics, “I kissed the scars on her skin / I still
think you're beautiful / And I don't ever wanna lose my best friend / I screamed out, "God, you vulture”
/ Bring her back or take me with her.”
For listeners those lyrics can be about anything and help heal negative emotions, which is what powerful
music is supposed to do. But once listeners hear the true meaning behind the song, a special connection
between the artist and the fan is created. In one of the YouTube videos posted by ArtisanNewsService,
Vic describes “Match Into Water” his gift to his ex-girlfriend who successfully battled breast cancer.
In the video Vic explained that the song is about how proud he is of his ex-girlfriend making it through all
the pain and the treatment all on her own. “She's the strongest girl I've ever known and I'm inspired by
her every day.
Then there are songs like “Bulls in the Bronx” off of that same album. With the lyrics, “Please, don't take
this out on me / 'Cause you're the only thing that's keeping me alive,” the listener can relate, especially
if they’ve ever tried to find love in a world where it keeps denying them that privilege.
According to songfacts.com, on Vic’s Tumblr he explained how the title of the song is about being able
to distance yourself from the chaos in life. He wrote, “When the ground crumbles beneath you, your
first instinct is to run and jump to safety, and it's the moment where you're suspended in the air that I
want to focus on. It's about freeing yourself from the things that are breaking or falling apart in your
life, and inspiring a sense of hope from desperation."
On the same YouTube channel mentioned earlier, Vic spoke about the story that inspired “Bulls in the
Bronx.” He explained in the video that he received an email from fans whose 16 year old friend
committed suicide. In the email he was given a link to the young girl's Tumblr. “It was one of the most
haunting things I've ever seen. There were things on there where she would say how she thought she
was worthless, ugly, all of this crazy stuff. That whole thing really stuck with me for a while, and I wrote
this song about her,” Vic explained in the video.
Even during their live shows, the fans are what matters. If you’ve ever been to a Pierce The Veil show
you’d know that there’s always at least one moment that the crowd sings back to the band as they stand
there in silence taking it all in. In that moment, the whole room is one. And in that moment, the whole
room feels like your second family.
Strife Magazine took the time to speak to some Pierce The Veil fans, and this is what they had to say.
Katie | 16 | Pennsylvania - “Pierce The Veil really means a lot to me. I've gotten lucky enough to be able to see
them live twice and it has really impacted me. You can tell by their live show that they really love what
they do. All of their songs, especially “Props and Mayhem,” always make me feel better when things are
going wrong. I can't thank them enough for what they've done for me.”
Izzy Max | 17 | Michigan - “I love Pierce The Veil because they are such hard-working, appreciative, and
talented guys! They're so nice and really care about all of their fans and are so down to earth.”
Kyra Alvarez | 16 | New York - “I first began to listen to Pierce The Veil at the age of 11 or 12, when I
began middle school. It was a weird transition for me, from elementary to middle school, especially
because my family moved and the school I was going to was full of people I didn't know. The people I
met there though introduced me to the world of rock and alternative music, and before long I was
checking out Pierce The Veil.”
“Honestly, I don't want it make this a sob story or a pity or sympathy begging story, but truth is at that
time I was going through shit. I was beginning to understand life more, and it began to hit me, the
things that had happened to me at a younger age, the things that occur all around us. I was constantly
upset, furious, and melancholic. I felt alone and besides music I honestly had no other support or
“But I remember that Pierce The Veil was one of the bands that brought me to life the most, their lyrics just brought up my spirits, made me want to move, and it made me actually think about life and the
positives in it. Not only did their music offer me refuge, but their lives and the members of Pierce The
Veil themselves, allow us to connect with them. We learn that they have also gone through shit, that
life is hard but they were able to go on and do something great. They inspire people, including myself, to
look for happiness and keep moving forward until you reach your dreams. And yes, their music and the
members themselves definitely save lives.”
“The band isn't afraid of reaching out to their fans, and giving them advice for many of the struggles
they are going through, they reach out to us, even if it isn't directly. Pierce The Veil has been there for
me from the day I first began listening to them.”
Alicia Bingay | 15 | New York - "What does Pierce The Veil mean to me? Well Pierce The Veil was one of
many bands that helped me through rough times. One of my friends at the time introduced me to them
and I fell in love since. After a year or two listing to them I got to see them live February of 2015 and it
was one of the best days of my life. It meant so much to have them as the first band I saw live because
of how much they mean to me.”
Kaitlyn | 18 | Louisiana - “I've been a Pierce The Veil fan for years and their music has helped me to quit
self-harming and it makes me so happy every time one of their songs come on.”
Beka Corbett | 15 | New York - "Pierce The veil are one of the bands that got me into music and wanting
to play it. Jaime [the bassist of the band] is one of the main reasons I started playing the bass and I'm
really happy I did because it's now my favorite instrument. I'm constantly learning how to play their
music on guitar, bass, and drums and each song has a unique feel to it. Through learning their music I
have learned a lot because they use a lot of technique in their songs. Every day they inspire me with
their music and lyrics. I wouldn't be where I am without them"
Kat | 18 | South Jersey - “Pierce The veil saved my life. I was a sophomore in high school, not believing
that I was sick with anorexia. When I heard “Hell Above” I cried, and when I heard “A Match Into
Water” I lost it. I saw them live at the Spring Fever tour and knew this band was changing me. I realized
that I wanted to live, if only to hear this music. Then junior year came, and with it a relapse. I broke
down nearly every day. Then “Hold On Till May” came on my playlist and I was reminded why I got
better. Pierce The Veil saved me from myself.”
After speaking to their fans, it was clear that we are like a family. We all want one thing, which is to be
happy, and music helps with that. No matter what you listen to or who you are, just remember that
there’s always someone who loves you, and if you need one extra person, we love you.
How has Pierce the Veil helped you? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
Written by Melanie Gomez
Click the video below to watch one of the videos Vic did for ArtisanNewsService:
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