This is the worst kind of flavor-of-the-week, emo-through-a-strainer music imaginable. Beyond the intricate arrangements and proficient musicianship, Pierce the Veil is a schizophrenic hodgepodge of just about every trendy rock convention there is. They even bust on the Auto-Tune on the second-to-last. And, yes, I laughed out loud when I heard it.
But when it comes right down to it, it's all about the singer (as it usually is). For a band that supposedly rocks, the singer is painfully Justin Bieber-ish. I referred to the liner notes again to make sure it wasn't an 17-year-old girl singing.
Now, I know this music is aimed squarely at the teen demographic and has absolutely no use for folks of my ilk. And I know every generation has its fair share of schlock artists just trying to catch a wave (hmm, who would it be from my youth? How about EBN-OZN), but I just feel sorry for the Hot Topic-clad, Warped Tour-going kids of today when I hear bands like Pierce the Veil. These kids deserve better. Listen for yourself . . .
Best song: "Fast Times at Clairemont High."
Deja vu: The very definition of over-produced.
I'd rather listen to: Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music