Black Veil Brides is an American rock band originally formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, but the band was reformed in 2009 in Hollywood, California. The group is composed of Andy Biersack (lead vocals), Ashley Purdy (bass, backing vocals), Jake Pitts (lead guitar), Jinxx(rhythm guitar, violin) and Christian "CC" Coma (drums). Black Veil Brides are known for their distinct appearance (black makeup and body paint, tight black studded clothing, and long hair), which was inspired by Kiss' and Mötley Crüe's stage persona, as well as numerous other 1980s glam metal acts.
Black Veil Brides was founded in 2006 with members Andy Biersack, Johnny Herold, Nate Shipp, Chris Riesenberg, and Phil Cenedella. They went through various other members, recorded We Stitch These Wounds with Andy Biersack, Jake Pitts, Ashley Purdy, Jinxx, and Sandra Alvarenga in 2010, and came to their current lineup when Sandra left to join the band Modern Day Escape and they put Christian Coma in her place. Lead vocalist Andy is the only founding member remaining.
Black Veil Brides is a Roman Catholic term used for when a woman marries into the church and gives up all the pleasures of life to devote her life to God. She is then deemed a Black Veil Bride. Sorta’ similar to a rock band where you have to give up many things in pursuit of what you're passionate about or believe in. It also has the dichotomy of the positive and negative. The happiest time in one’s life, could be getting married. And the opposite of that in one’s life would be at a funeral of a loved one. It all tends to fit really well for a dark and heavy rock band.