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Pierce the Veil are a Post-Hardcore band from San Diego, California. Known for their unique style mixing Post-Hardcore, Pop Punk, Metalcore and, of all things, traditional Mexican music, as well as vocalist Vic Fuentes's uniquely high tenor, they debuted in 2006 with brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes as founding members and released their first album in 2007.

Studio Albums:

  • A Flair for the Dramatic (2007)
  • Selfish Machines (2010)
  • Collide with the Sky (2012)
  • Misadventures (2016)
  • The Jaws of Life (2023)

Tropes describing Pierce the Veil:

  • Author Appeal: Southern girls for Vic.
  • Auto-Tune: Used in the first verse of "Million Dollar Houses (The Painter)" and the intro of "Fast Times at Clairemont High".
  • Band of Relatives: The group was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes.
  • Bank Robbery: The video for "King for a Day" is about the band (and Kellin Quinn) staging one on their boss, who's stealing from the bank, and giving the money back to their coworkers.
  • Break-Up Song: Most of Collide with the Sky seems to be made up of these.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: The subject of "King for a Day", which reflects on the desire for Vic to be alone without having to worry about anything.
  • Gratuitous Panning: Used in "Besitos", on the line:
    A diamond bullet and a gun made of gold, she was covered in blood last seen in San Francisco
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: All of them have been this at some point, but Vic is the most famous example, as well as the only one to still qualify, as the rest have all taken to shorter styles.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Invoked with the song "Bulletproof Love", and Vic calls it one of the darkest he's written. It's written in the style of suicide note that would be found by a loved one, the lyrics are about being passionate "with someone to the point where you're hurting yourself."
  • Motif: Several songs from Misadventures have words relating to flammable gases/liquids, and the first two songs of the album have lyrics regarding detonation.
    Song for Isabelle: Your butane mouth will spit me into flames.
    The Divine Zero: Kerosene is gone.
    Floral and Fading: Selling daylight for gasoline.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Very common on their first three albums. Misadventures is their first album where the majority of the songs have their titles in the lyrics (and even then, it's only six out of eleven).
  • Older Than They Look: Vic is 40. He looks about ten years younger.
  • Patriotic Fervor: They're proud of their Mexican heritage, and they display that fact openly.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: The backing vocals on their albums are all noticeably Vic.
  • Shout-Out: "The Sky Under the Sea" drops the phrase "a celebration of an ending" early in the bridge. A Celebration of an Ending was the name of the one album recorded by the Fuentes brothers' previous band, Before Today.
  • Signature Headgear: Sometime during the Collide with the Sky album cycle, it became almost impossible to find Vic without a snapback on his head.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Vic's speaking voice isn't nearly as high as his singing voice.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Vic Fuentes has a wildly varying vocal range, and can hit low growls and boyish tenor fairly rapidly.
  • Swiss Bank Account: In the "King for a Day" video, Vic and Kellin realize something's up when they see that their boss has moved over $2 million into his own Swiss bank account.
  • Titled After the Song: "Pierce the Veil" was the name of a song by the Fuentes brothers' previous band, Before Today.