Andy Black © Melanie Smith
Andy Black © Melanie Smith

Andy Black © Melanie Smith

Andy Black | Creeper
02 Ritz, Manchester
16th May 2016

Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith was at the O2 Ritz to capture two immaculately executed, energetic and heartfelt performances. Thanks to Katie Clare for the words below.

Andy Black © Melanie Smith

Andy Biersack the founder and lead vocalist for the Black Veil Brides, started his solo music project a year ago with a new name – Andy Black. Black motivated by his fondness of the goth and synth sounds of ’80s, wanted to create new music with a different sound to that of BVB. The Shadow Side, Black’s debut album, was released on May 6th 2016. The album was produced by John Feldmann, who Black had previously worked with, and who’d also produced for The Used, Panic! At The Disco and ONE OK ROCK. The Shadow Side has been well received both by critics and a host of devoted fans and the album’s first single We Don’t Have to Dance, written with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, has already become a live favourite.

Andy Black is supporting his album The Shadow Side with a nine date UK tour The Homecoming Tour, which stopped at Manchester’s 02 Ritz this week, with special guests Southampton’s Creeper. Creeper is a band destined for success that will soon see them selling out venues like this themselves in the very near future. They will be appearing at Slam Dunk 2016 on the Kerrang! Stage. The band are nominated for Best British Newcomer at this years Kerrang Awards.

Andy Black © Melanie Smith
Andy Black © Melanie Smith

Andy Black is on both Facebook and Twitter where he tweets as @andyblack.
Creeper have an official website, Facebook page and Twitter were they tweet as @creepercultuk.

All words by Katie Clare. More writing by Katie on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. She can also be found on Twitter where she uses @tokyo_katie.

Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook andTwitter. Photography portfolio can be found here and Flickr

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Editor: live reviews / books and head of photography. I can't imagine my life without music, photography or books, all connect and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, early punk movement, drifting into the electronic era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. Official photographer for Louder Than Words - annual music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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