Rob Cavuoto: Wretched and Divine is a tremendously cohesive sounding CD where all the songs fit well together and flow musically and vocally. Tell me about the thought process behind this rock opera?
Andy Biersack: Every band, no matter what scale of success talks about the importance of their follow-up CD. This puts an unnecessary amount of pressure on a band.
While making the follow up to Set the World on Fire, we created six songs with a different producer (than Wretched and Divine). They felt like songs that you would expect from a BVB CD, something that we were supposed to be. It felt a little boring considering we are always evolving. I think that this approach is more fun!
There are many bands that I grew up listening to, who I stopped listening to because they never went anywhere.
They would put the same CD out over and over. I think the idea when we starting working on this concept was to detach ourselves from a follow-up and put ourselves in this rock opera.
I think that naturally leads itself to a more cohesive sound. By the same token, what we didn’t do was try to bog ourselves down with the thought of a concept record. We tried to write great songs that were the best that we could write, then refined them to make sure they fit within the story line.
No one was hammering away at “does this work in the story”.