Pierce The Veil | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
Pierce The Veil performing during the Creative Control Tour at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas on May 23, 2023, with Vic Fuentes, Tony Perry, and Jaime Preciado. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Pierce the Veil dropped the new album The Jaws of Life, their first in seven years, in February via longtime label Fearless Records. The Jaws of Life marked a welcome return for PTV, with press praise pouring in from Rolling Stone, Uproxx, Huffington Post, Gawker, and MTV, among others.

PTV’s evolution from album to album is nothing less than stunning. The early buzz generated by A Flair For The Dramatic (2007) made its follow-up one of the most anticipated albums of 2010. Selfish Machines shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The Chicago Tribune saluted Collide with the Sky for its “post-hardcore punk with more than a few nods to Queen.” They became a true arena act on Misadventures, selling out huge venues without losing the intimate connection with their fans.

The Jaws of Life was produced by Paul Meany (Twenty One Pilots, Yungblud, Lany), and mixed by Adam Hawkins (Machine Gun Kelly, Turnstile, Twenty One Pilots). Deadly serious subject matter abounds, but Pierce The Veil enduringly navigates it all with grace. The lyrics continue the Fuentes tradition of painstaking honesty and clever twists of phrase. Pierce The Veil perform at the biggest festivals and is counted among the biggest and brightest of a younger generation of bands. But it all starts with the songs. The Jaws of Life is filled with the kind to keep the PTV fire burning forever.
Fan reviews:

Best experience ever! I've been a fan since 2010, my family couldn't afford it when I was younger and I finally saw them, it was truly an amazing experience and I get to see them again in the future. So excited! Literally my favorite band, they got me through my tough times.

My life is complete. I was front row, I had the best time.

Amazing! Saw them the first time with I Prevail a couple months ago and it was amazing. Hands down the best concert I’ve ever been to. The crowd was amazing and you could tell everyone was I loving the atmosphere. As soon as I saw this I immediately bought the tickets. Can’t wait!

Always amazing! I’ve seen Pierce the Veil a few times over the last ten years. First time was in 2015 at The World Tour with Sleeping With Sirens. Best lineup for it’s time especially when PVRIS was opening for them. Saw them at Warped Tour two times and it was amazing. Last time was at The Stone Pony on tour with I Prevail and they did amazing for their comeback. Would always recommend seeing PTV at least once. They put on amazing shows!

My reason for living. Pierce the Veil saved my life so many times, I’ve been in love with this band for ten years now and as soon as they started touring again I saw them three times. Most expensive and amazing opportunity of my life but I’ve never been happier. Thank you boys!
Setlist for the show at the HEB Center
  • Death of an Executioner
  • Bulls in the Bronx
  • Pass the Nirvana
  • Emergency Contact
  • Hold On Till May
  • Southern Constellations
  • The Boy Who Could Fly
  • Circles
  • Caraphernelia
  • King for a Day

Pierce The Veil was the main act at the HEB Center with guests The Used, Don Broco, and DeathbyRomy. They continue across the United States, Australia, and Europe with the last stop at the Alexandra Palace in London, United Kingdom on April 13th, 2024.

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