Release Date: May 6, 2016
Record label: Republic
Andy Biersack’s debut solo album is finally here. Andy Biersack has rock star in his genes, and while his first foray into solo material may be a completely different beast to the fire and fury of Black Veil Brides, his charismatic presence surges through this album.Despite the dark and moody aesthetic of his new alter ego, this album is full of bombastic alt-pop with the likes of ‘Stay Alive’ and ‘Louder Than Your Love’ being life-affirming. Far from a frivolous side-project, ‘The Shadow Side’ contains some of the best material the man has been responsible for and proves Mr Biersack is one of the most captivating figures in music today.
Pop punk was one of the great fads of the late 1990s and early 2000s. With bands such as Good Charlotte, The Used, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, etc. captivating the “mall core” middle school aged students all over the world, this period and genre of alt rock is filled with nostalgia for most millennials. Enter Andy Black of Black Veil Brides and his side project under his own moniker.
In his Andy Black full-length debut, Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack chases his dark muse against a cinematic backdrop of impressive pop ’n’ roll on The Shadow Side. These songs don’t back away from the arena ready bombast of ‘80s Bruce Springsteen and U2, a sound that suits the charismatic singer like high-end couture without sacrificing the postmodern theatrics or Biersack’s artistic voice. Yes, much will be written about the almost unbelievable collection of rock radio hit-makers who collaborated with Biersack and producer John Feldmann in some form (a list that includes members of Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and 5 Seconds Of Summer), but the guy whose name is on the cover sounds confidently in charge.