By Taylor Clayton
Pierce the Veil’s third studio album, “Collide with the Sky”, is by far their best album yet. Their first album released under their new record label, Fearless Records, includes 12 songs, 3 of which were released as singles. Kellin Quinn of Sleeping with Sirens, Jason Butler of Letlive, and Lindsey Stamey of Oh No Fiasco lend their vocals to the songs “King for a Day”, “Tangled in the Great Escape”, and “Hold on Till May” respectively. Each song is written, at least in part, by members of the band and the lyrics often have to do with dealing with struggles that the band members have gone through.
The first song, “May These Noises Startle You in Your Sleep Tonight,” is more of an introduction. Being only a minute and a half long, it fades directly into the second song, “Hell Above.” Later in the album you come to the song “A Match into Water” which is about the lead singer’s ex-girlfriend who beat breast cancer. The song was written in recognition of the struggles she went through while overcoming the disease and is a fan favorite because of how relatable the lyrics are.
One of the more personal songs on the album is called “One Hundred Sleepless Nights.” It’s about an experience the lead singer, Vic Fuentes, went through. He was in an on-and-off relationship with a woman and in the end she became pregnant with another man’s child and thus left Vic’s life. The song is centered on the emotions he was feeling the night he found out. Lyrics that show his pain include a line that goes ‘Do you still love me? I am dying to know’ and ‘It’s like I was never even there.’
Collide with the Sky closes with a bit of a slower song about someone whose parents don’t care for them as much as they should. “Hold On Till May” makes you feel like you want to help this little girl who hides in trees to see if her parents will realize she’s gone. The mixture of meaningful lyrics and well put together instrumental components makes this album a good way to spend 46 minutes. This collection of songs can connect with any kind of person, so long as they give it a chance. Pierce the Veil is currently planning their 4th studio album and I, for one, can’t wait.