Lead singer Vic Fuentes came up with the band's name while sitting in sociology class at San Diego State University. The professor mentioned piercing the veil - meaning to go directly to the root of a problem and removing it at the source. Fuentes like the concept of stopping things that hurt you before they have a chance to build up, and so Pierce the Veil was born.
Aside from being the lead singer of Pierce the Veil, Vic Fuentes is also the group's primary songwriter. Singing his own lyrics helps him connect with the song and deliver a passionate performance. Bassist Jamie Preciado shared the band's creative process in a Songfacts interview:
"Normally what happens is our vocalist [Vic Fuentes], he has like skeletons of a lot of songs. And when we're in the studio we kind of break all the songs down and start with little pieces, whether it be like a riff or like a vocal idea. And then the song pretty much goes from there. We try to just jam out the song as best we can, record it, listen to it again, then jam out again."
The founding members, Mike and Vic Fuentes, are brothers. They both learned to play guitar from their father, a Spanish Jazz musician. There is a video of the pair having their "first jam sesh" - Mike, 5, with a toy drum set and Vic, 7, with his dad's guitar.
Vic Fuentes admits to being extremely meticulous when it comes to recording vocals for songs. He'll do 20 or 30 takes for an average song, often to the dismay of producers. He explains that even if it his singing sounds okay to the rest of the band, the performance has to "feel" perfect in his head before he's satisfied.
Vic Fuentes started writing music by accident. He wrote his first song with friends at a party, and instantly knew it was something he wanted to keep doing. The feeling of making something real, he explained, was almost like a sort of drug.
The band members have a tradition of pranking each other on tour. Tony Perry and Jaime Preciado, the guitarist and bassist respectively, enjoy first person shooter videogames, which Vic Fuentes is not a fan of. As a joke, Tony, Jaime, and the rest of the band besides Vic - even the manager - bought Nerf guns and engaged in foam warfare in the tour van. Vic was so annoyed that he ripped any darts that hit him in half.
Pierce the Veil had a minor feud with emo band Fall Out Boy. Fall Out Boy recorded a cover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It
," prompting Pierce the Veil to point out that they'd recorded their own cover only months before - the implication being that Fall Out Boy had copied them. Not long after, Pierce the Veil released a video on their youtube channel that parodied Fall Out Boy in a series of tongue-in-cheek skits.
The Fall Out Boy feud prompted some media outlets to point out the similarities between the bands' song-titling styles (both commonly use long, descriptive names). Vic Fuentes responded by saying that Fall Out Boy was usually trying to be clever or funny, whereas his titles were more serious and often taken from his own poetry.
Guitarist Tony Perry is a whiz on the Rubik's Cube. He told Alternative Press: "I can solve a Rubik's Cube in a couple minutes. It took a little bit [of practice], but that's one of the perks of having a lot of downtime on the road when we're driving around."