PIERCE THE VEIL Live! – The Mayan Theater

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IMG_5742The final show of ’s “Misadventures 2016” tour took place on June 26th in downtown Los Angeles. The fact that the show was a sellout made the intimate Mayan Theater feel even more like a sweaty club gig. But like a previous experience with a tour a couple of years ago, this night was one of youthful exuberance, both from the band and from the crowd.

As a precursor of things to come in their own set, and a bow to the pranks that can come at the end of any long tour, the Fuentes brothers, along with Tony Perry and Jaime Preciado invaded the stage of tour openers, I The Mighty. This happened just as they were about to begin their final song. Running about the stage, the boys from PTV wrapped the stunned but appreciative musicians in feather boas while waving plastic blow-up dolphins high in the air. They continued to goof off, while taking “selfies” and dancing around as I The Mighty finished their set in front of the frothing crowd.

IMG_9068Having been a fan of this band since 2012, and anticipating their new release Misadventures,  it was surprisingly disappointing. The overall sound and tempo felt repetitive, almost formulaic. Having really enjoyed their previous release Collide With the Sky and seeing the sold out Pomona show in 2013, this new set of songs was less than expected.

hit the stage around 9:45. With the mostly teen crowd cheering and screaming, PTV blasted out of the gates with Dive In, the first cut from the Misadventures album. It was immediately apparent that between the small theater acoustics and the potent sound system, this new material was going to play much heavier than the studio recording. Texas Is Forever, the band’s first single from Misadventures was next and is no doubt a crowd favorite. Floral and Fading, Phantom Power, Ludicrous Speed and Bedless were other notable favorites. The intro to Bedless took on an almost Arctic Monkey-like feel. With each successive song thereafter, the band displayed subtle tones and textures, slight flourishes and notes that could not be heard in the studio recordings. Vic Fuentes took a little time out to explain the inspiration behind the album and said the band wrote it while on the Van’s Warped Tour and that the fan support was instrumental in the process.

IMG_8894Again, the band began songs with intros that prompted a certain audible complexity, an eeriness of sorts. PTV’s use of lighting and effects perfectly matched the sync of the music and different patterns and designs lit up the stage. Purple and yellow flowers covered the ceiling on Floral and Fading and white spotlights covered the room while the band played Song for Isabelle, during which Vic looked up to light while conveying a very personal moment. The adoring fans, mostly young girls, sang the ending of the song. They all know the lyrics and it makes for a rather feel good moment.

For the encore, returned with their biggest hits Bulls in The Bronx and King For A Day.

IMG_6430It was then one could see the maturation of the bands songwriting, as these earlier hit songs were clearly the building blocks of the current state of Pierce The Veil. Near the end of the last song, on the last night of this tour, they invited their entire entourage to come on stage to celebrate what must have been a satisfying run of shows. Chaos ensued as toilet paper rolls streamed the crowd, silly string was sprayed, guitar picks handed out, and drum sticks were thrown into the hot and sweaty crowd. The final salute came when the confetti and fog cannons erupted in unison. The aftermath of all of this was an exhausted throng of cheering and smiling fans. As the lights came up and the band left the stage, Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody was piped through the sound system and the cleanup crew began to get busy.

Set List

  1. Dive In
  2. Texas is Forever
  3. The Divine Zero
  4. Floral & Fading
  5. Phanton Power and Ludicrous Speed
  6. Circles
  7. Today I Saw The Whole World
  8. Gold Medal Ribbon
  9. Bedless
  10. Sambuka
  11. Song For Isabelle

Encore

  1. Bulls In The Bronx
  2. King For A Day

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