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Andy Black

First Fleet Concerts Presents:

Andy Black

Switchblade Saturdays, Of Brighter Skies

Wed, July 17, 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


Des Moines, IA

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

Andy Black
Andy Black
The kid who grew up to fashion the swaggering superhero, pop-iconoclast, underdog-champion alter ego "Andy Black," in the tradition of David Bowie or the Sex Pistols, began with a reverence for the magical convergence of sight and sound. Attitude, language, music, and fashion coalesced into a daily challenge to convention.
The Ghost of Ohio, the second album released under the Andy Black moniker, is both a soundtrack to its comic book graphic novel counterpart and a thrilling standalone record of diverse anthems and ballads, in pursuit of a muse that transcends genre.
As a child, Andy Biersack built minature KISS stages in his bedroom, tore through Spawn and Lobo comics, devouredreruns of the '60s Batman TV series, blasted the devilishly hooky horror punk of the Misfits, and dressed as the Phantom of the Opera. The appeal of sports like hockey and football were as much about the aesthetic iconography as the athleticism. Biersack's fascination with the supernatural, wrestling with doubt, was consistently intertwined with symbolism.
The new Andy Black record marries melancholy themes with upbeat rock and pop, mining the underreported haunted history of his hometown to tell a story in allegory and grandeur that explores his childhood anxieties and obsessions. "I've always liked the idea of building worlds, making a character for myself, in a very heightened and stylized dimensions I could live in," Biersack explains. "It's about expressing myself creatively, while making something that didn't exist before."
The unabashed anthem making of Bruce Springsteen, The Killers, and U2 collide with darker undertones alongside an all-new haunted forklore, mixing boyhood dreams with otherworldly wonder. Quite literally, The Ghost of Ohio is the tale of someone who died young, whose spirit inhabits an area for a hundred years, looking for ways to connect, feeling forgotten, fighting an overwhelming disassociation. But it's also less straightforward story and more "songs inspired by" the specifics.
It's all a combination of musical odyssey, bombastic theatricality, and emotional honesty. It's the same vibrant mixture that's endeared the charismatic singer to 3 million followers across Instagram and Twitter. His sharp style and sharper sense of humor helped position him squarely in the sights of tastemaker fashion publications like Italian Vouge and brick and mortar retailers like Journeys and Hot Topic alike.
"Westwood Road" recaptures a spirit of childhood wonder and exhilaration, reflecting on the victory of dreams realized without the prism of a jaded adulthood. It's a rollercoaster of emotions and experience, a musical exorcism of an anxious mind. Other songs evoke driving near the Ohio River, feeling the pull of a destiny beyond the hills of the Midwest against the steady anchor of family ties; the all-or-nothing drive required to realize a life fully lived; shedding skin to return to a true core; and combinations of folklore and larger than life comic book myth.
The Ghost of Ohio builds on the foundation of The Shadow Side. Andy Black's well-received debut produced the single "We Don't Have to Dance," which is closing in on 45 million views on YouTube. That's double the already impressive total of his first-ever solo single, "They Don't Need to Understand," which premiered back in 2015.
Armed with little more than his will and his wit, Andy left Cincinnati for Hollywood at age 18. He lived out of his car, all while grinding away to make the hard rock band he dreamt up as a kid into reality. By his early 20s, he led Black Veil Brides on extensive world tours; released a string of Billboard Top 10 and 20 albums; and was splashed across the covers and pages of nearly every international rock magazine.
yOn the first Andy Black album, Biersack stretched his creative wings beyond the blueprint of the vintage-Sunset-Strip-meets-modern-hard-rock attack of BVB. He collaborated with guests and cowriters like Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) and Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance). The subsequent touring behind the album, including a main stage-headlining slot on the Vans Warped Tour, further broadened the public's understanding of Biersack's unique blend of humor and earnest passion. It even earned him an invitation to host and co-write the Alternative Press Music Awards.
The Shadow Side was followed by Andy's starring role in the cult supernatural thriller American Satan, in which he played a tragic rock figure ensnared by a deal with the devil. His costars included John Bradley (Game of Thrones), Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy), Denise Richards, and screen legend Malcolm McDowell.
The Ghost of Ohio saw Andy return to longtime collaborator John Feldmann, the producer and songwriter whose discography includes multiple Number One rock albums and gold/platinum certifications, including releases from Blink-182, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Good Charlotte, Papa Roach, The Used, and All Time Low.
"The Shadow Side was the beginning of my return to who I've always wanted to be, who I was as a child, and the rediscovering of my deepest roots," Andy observes.
"The Ghost of Ohio is the next step. It's a full embrace of my long held passion for imagination, stretching back to when I discovered my dad's KISS trading cards in the basement as a kid and walked my neighborhood streets dressed up like Batman."
Switchblade Saturdays
Switchblade Saturdays
Conceived in fire, from the ashes of The Albino Spiders, is the cult- Switchblade Saturdays. An ambitiously hard-hitting band, well-traveled, with a strong foundation within their home base, Des Moines, IA. Switchblade Saturdays is known for their amazing live show, dark imagery and stage presence with a passionate background anthem haunting of love, loss, death, and life. Switchblade has woven their blood into every lyric and every melody, “We bring the crowd into our music the way a phantom entices it’s prey...we play every show as if it were our last, with a vengeance!” hisses Zarrie Solum, lead vocalist/bassist and founding member. “Our fans are our family and blood!!” says Switchblade, who’s fans are reminiscent of a cult or gang displaying the Switchblade Saturdays logo patches, buttons, and bandanna’s. Pumping fists, chanting, singing, fans hang onto every harrowing word of talented lead singer Zarrie. The music is brought into harmonious alignment with Josh Darnell on guitar / background vocals and rounded out with Ben Watson thundering rhythms only ones’ heart could dream.!
! The Switchblade sound was formed by the take of various influences, Misfits, The Damned, AFI, Alkaline Trio, Dillinger 4, Guns n Roses and Social Distortion. “I took a little influence from each band and wanted to have a live show reminiscent of the old days of Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Iron Maiden” hails Solum. “Our sound is shedding it’s skin and being reborn.”! !
! Since it’s conception in 2010, the band has been fortunate enough to share the stage with bands such as: Motionless In White, Get Scared, Bam Margera’s Fuckface Unstoppable Tour, New Year’s Day, Falling In Reverse, Hatebreed, As I Lay Dying, Zao, P.O.D., Motorhead, Norma Jean, Alkaline Trio, Eyes Set To Kill, Fight or Flight, and the list goes on. Michael Graves (Misfits) is a noted fan of Switchblade and has been seen wearing their shirts and handing out Switchblade stickers at his shows. The band’s demo track “Zed’s Dead” is in the cult classic independent zombie movie Escape From The Dead. Switchblade Saturdays was asked to film a video of the song as part of the collector DVD. !
! 2016 upholds a promising year for Switchblade with the recording of 2 EP’s and 1 Full- Length release later in the year. The band is beginning their 2016 touring line-up with 2 dates to start in Austin, TX at South By Southwest in March! Switchblade storms, “We are preparing for war! KNIVES OUT!!!
Of Brighter Skies
Of Brighter Skies
Venue Information:
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309