Formed in 2007, San Diego natives Pierce the Veil are seasoned veterans in the music industry, and their experience was prevalent in the detail that clearly went into the design of the show. The band is currently co-headlining a world tour with Sleeping With Sirens, and openers PVRIS and Mallory Knox, that recently passed through Houston’s own Bayou Music Center.
The sold out crowd screamed in anticipation of the final act despite a long night of great music. A huge banner displaying the infamous “Collide With the Sky girl” dropped to the ground, and confetti exploded from cannons as the Pierce The Veil opened the show with the intro song “May These Noises Startle you in Your Sleep Tonight” straight into “Hell Above” from their most recent album, “Collide With the Sky.” I was amazed at how they managed to maintain the same intensity and energy throughout their whole ten-song set.
The band couldn’t keep the crowd waiting for even a minute before a chant of “Pierce The Veil” filled the room as they transitioned to an impressive space-themed backdrop before playing “Props & Mayhem” and an acoustic version of “I’m Low on Gas and You Need a Jacket.”
Other songs preformed from Collide With the Sky included “Hold on Till May,” featuring guest vocals by Lyndsey Gunnulfsen, known as Lynn Gvnn, of PVRIS, “Bulls in the Bronx,” and “A Match Into Water” that kept the whole crowd from the floor to the balcony singing, dancing, and swaying along.
Of course, the band did not neglect their older fanbase, playing a handful of songs from their second album, Selfish Machines, including “Caraphernelia” and “Disasterology.” During “Bulletproof Love” lead singer Vic Fuentes surprised the crowd by choosing one lucky fan to join the band on stage and be serenaded.
As the night came to an end, they really could not close the show without performing perhaps their most popular song, King For a Day, with Sleeping With Sirens frontman Kellin Quinn. The crowd was even more engaged, opening two massive mosh pits in the middle of the floor, creating an energy that was almost palpable despite it being the last song of a long show. It was the best way to bring the show to a close, and it left the crowd dancing, singing, and grabbing confetti pieces even as they exited the venue.
Overall, between the setlist and music—including vocals and instruments—the light design, production, and other special effects, this tour certainly stands out from the rest. Each band on the bill knows how to maintain a positive balance between keeping the crowd engaged and entertained while also producing spot on vocal and musical performances. An excellent amount of detail went into each performance that was much appreciated by the fans who I am sure are already anticipating the next time Pierce The Veil make a stop in Houston.
Did any of you attend the show? Let us know what you thought!
If you missed it, catch them on any of the remaining US dates:
March 3 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
March 4 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
March 5 – Hidalgo, TX @ State Farm Arena
March 7 – San Bernardino, CA @ Self Help Fest
By Sarah Hoffman