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Band pierces through veiled emotions

In 2006, after several failed attempts at a band, Pierce the Veil was formed by brothers Mike and Vic Fuentes along with Jaime Preciado and Tony Perry. Over the last few years, the band has gained a lot of positive attention by being featured in Warped Tour and countless articles and interviews. They are known for their powerful lyrics featured in albums Self Machines and A Flair For The Dramatic and most notably for lead singer Vic Fuentes’ voice.

Nearly five years after the band began, with two successful albums under their belt, they are finally being featured as a headlining band alongside Miss May I in the 2011 No Guts No Glory Tour.

Pierce the Veil performed November 20,  in Houston at Warehouse Live and I, along with my best friend, were among the many screaming fans.

We got there an hour early and the line was long but worth it. While waiting in line, drummer Mike Fuentes walked down and shook everyone’s hand. I was the first one to notice him and I was so starstruck that I couldn’t move. I couldn’t believe that I just saw the drummer from my favorite band standing two feet away from me.

The concert started out with a few local bands, followed by opening acts LetLive, The Amity Affliction, and Woe Is Me. The Amity Affliction really caught our attention. They are a post-hardcore band from Australia, touring for the first time in the US.

At first, the crowd in the warehouse wasn’t large, as everyone was standing around enjoying the opening acts.

We’ve heard that being on the front row at one of these concerts is something you need to experience, so throughout the concert we inched toward the front of the crowd each time a song ended. The constant pushing and pulling, barely enough room to breathe, being hit and pulled into mosh pits was definitely worth it when a song started. Everyone was jumping and singing along to the lyrics. It was absolutely riveting.

After the last opening act, Woe, Is Me, announced that Pierce the Veil was performing next, the crowd became ecstatic and started screaming.

PTV’s sound check began, the lights dimmed and everyone screamed. Lead singer Vic Fuentes ran out with a megaphone and introduced himself. It didn’t feel real. I couldn’t believe I was seeing my favorite band in the flesh, only five feet away from me.

Pierce the Veil started off with “The Boy Who Could Fly”, which, in fact, is one of mine and my best friend’s favorite songs from the album, Selfish Machines. As the concert progressed, each song ended up better than the last. Vic even stopped between songs to make a speech to the crowd. Every word he said inspired us all. I had never felt so alive in my entire life.

The band closed their headlining performance with “Caraphernelia”. You could tell this was by far everyone’s favorite song.  Everyone in the venue was singing along, screaming, and jumping in tempo with the music.

When Vic sang the last lyric to the song, everyone was screaming and applauding. We didn’t want the concert to be over, for we had just experienced something that we will never forget. It was by far the best night of our lives.

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