It was always going to be a challenge to release a follow-up to 2012’s Collide With the Sky – a flawless album on which not a single song could be considered a “filler track”. Combine that with a four year wait and San Diego punks Pierce the Veil had some serious pressure hanging over them ahead of the release of their massively anticipated fourth record.
Now, those that are expecting an exact replica of Collide With the Sky might be disappointed. Misadventures is very different, but that is no bad thing. The band have grown, reflected in this polished collection of what could arguably be described as some of their best work. Never a band to be afraid to try new things, Pierce the Veil step outside the box on their latest LP, exploring new territories, especially with softer songs like ‘Floral & Fading’ and ‘Bedless’.
That said, opening track ‘Dive In’ instantly gives us that distinctive Pierce the Veil sound we’ve been missing for the past four years, while the single ‘Texas is Forever’ is a fast and furious jam showcasing the talents of every member. Jaime Preciado’s sensually fluid bass lines paired with Tony Perry’s proficient guitar flourishes and supreme shredding make for an exciting track. Plus, the live intensity we love from drummer Mike Fuentes is captured perfectly. Then there’s Vic Fuentes’ unique gift of being able to draw pure emotion from every single poetic lyric he writes, never more apparent than in the track ‘Circles’. Beneath the surface of this infectious pop-punk tune we find a heart-wrenching tribute to the Paris attacks.
It’s possible that this album could be missing some of the fierce screaming heaviness we’ve come to love from Pierce the Veil, but the tracks ‘Today I Saw the World’ and ‘Phantom Power and Ludicrous Speed’ still provide that classic sound, whilst bringing something a little different to the table.
In all honesty, it took two days of listening on repeat to realise just how brilliant this album is. On first listen there was a little pit of sadness in my stomach – “This is no Collide…“, I thought.
No it’s not, but it is a cracking album in its own right and it’s a blessing to finally have the boys back.
Misadventures is available now on Fearless Records.