Andy Six says a “black veil bride” is what Catholics sometimes call a nun. “But to me, it always sounded like a band name. It had sort of the Guns N’ Roses feel — light, and dark. I liked the way it sounded.” Six grew up in a Catholic family. He’s not particularly religious but says the church’s symbolism did a number on him. “It’s a very theatric sect of the Christian church,” he says by phone from his home in L.A. “They have robes and crazy ceremonies and stuff. I always loved the visual aspects of Catholicism.” Six says black veil brides actually marry God. “They go through a little ceremony, and they give up the carnal pleasures of life. The devotion it takes, whether you agree with it or not, is something no one can deny.”
Six started the theatrical dark-rock band in Ohio in 2006, but they’re in Hollywood now, which seems a better fit for a glam-band version of the Ramones doing Kiss. Like many bands before them, BVB was first a hit on YouTube. Billboard magazine says their videos had millions of views, which in turn got them major-label attention. Following an early roster changeup, the current band is vocalist Six with Ashley Purdy on bass and backing vocals, lead guitarist Jake Pitts, rhythm-guitarist Jinxx, and Christian Coma on drums. Last year they released their debut, We Stitch These Wounds.
“We’re all scarred constantly by a bad day or a bad situation, something that upsets you for the day,” says Six. “Over the course of a life, if you deal with a lot of those, you become jaded. It’s important that every day we get up and we stitch our wounds and we go back into battle with a fresh face.”
BLACK VEIL BRIDES: House of Blues, Friday, March 25, 6 p.m. 619-299-2583. $12.50, $22.50.