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Pierce The Veil Share Their Take On Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police’



Following a sold-out tour of The US, Europe and The UK where they played some of their biggest headline shows to date, San Diego’s Pierce The Veil have unveiled their take on Radiohead’s classic song Karma Police. Having already wowed fans with their rendition of the track after recording it for Australia’s triple j for Like A Version, the band have now recorded a studio version. While still infusing their signature style into the iconic single this new interpretation is yet another testament to their musical prowess, giving a fresh new look to the song.

The band say,

We are products of the 80s and 90s MTV era, so songs like ‘Karma Police’ live deep within our childhood minds. We dug this one up as an opportunity to indulge in something comforting and familiar. Taking inspiration from the memories and emotions the song evokes in us, we created a version that reflects where we come from as a band. We were happy to discover that the song remained haunting and beautiful even when fed through distortion pedals and loud guitars.

Listen/share Pierce The Veil’s Karma Police here.

Watch Pierce The Veil’s triple j Like A Version video here

Photo Credit: Anthony Tran

With their seamless fusion of post-hardcore intensity and emotional depth, Pierce The Veil are well-known for giving their fans an unforgettable concert experience. They will criss-cross North America as the direct support for blink-182’s “one more time” tour kicking off on June 20 in Orlando, FL and conclude in Toronto, ON on August 15. The band will also be making a stop at Chicago’s Lollapalooza Festival August 1 – 4.

Platinum-selling Pierce the Veil (guitarist/vocalist Vic Fuentes, guitarist Tony Perry, and bassist Jaime Preciado) released their 5th studio album The Jaws Of Life to world-wide acclaim. The album, out via long-time label Fearless Records, hit # 14 on the Top 200, #2 on Billboard’s Alternative Chart, and #1 on the Top Hard Rock Albums Chart. The LP features the single Emergency Contact which landed at #1 at Alternative Radio — a first for the band in their lengthy history. That song, alongside The Jaws of Life other singles – Pass The Nirvana, Even When I’m Not with You and 12 Fractures (feat. Chloe Moriondo) – have been streamed over 140 millionX times collectively.

About Pierce the Veil:
Pierce The Veil debuted atop Billboard’s Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums, and Hard Rock Albums charts twice – first with Collide with the Sky (2012) and its follow-up, Misadventures (2016). A decade after its release, the already platinum “King for a Day” shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Streaming chart, driven by the viral #KingForADay hashtag on TikTok. Even with two gold singles; a gold album; 2022 could be their biggest year. Because this is the year of The Jaws of Life.

Rolling Stone once described Pierce the Veil as “hyperactive, progressive post-hardcore,” and that descriptor is apt for The Jaws of Life which is full of fuzzy guitars, massive melodic hooks, and PTV’s distinct emotional heart. The album finds the band at their most raw, crackling with urgency and immediacy. Never predictable, always engaging, Pierce The Veil continues to soar on the strength of highly potent energy, rich musicality, and a scrappy sense of authentic exuberant ambition that’s frankly unrivaled. Vic Fuentes, Tony Perry, and Jaime Precadio put volatile, angsty, confessional emotions into the music, which is why their songs resonant with so many. “No matter where the band performs, fans will show up,” wrote Loudwire. “When you see Pierce The Veil live, you’ll understand why.”

PTV’s evolution from album to album is nothing less than stunning. The early buzz generated by A Flair for the Dramatic (2007) made its follow-up one of the most anticipated albums of 2010. Selfish Machines shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The Chicago Tribune saluted Collide with the Sky for its “post-hardcore punk with more than a few nods to Queen.” They became a true arena act on Misadventures, selling out huge venues without losing the intimate connection with their fans.

Pierce the Veil have long cemented their status as one of the most exciting and relevant acts in their genre — by constantly evolving. With their new album The Jaws of Life debuted at No. 1 on the Hard Music Chart, as well as in the Top 3 of the Rock, Alternative, Independent, Vinyl, and Album Sales charts upon release. The album also received press accolades from Rolling Stone, Uproxx, Gawker, The Huffington Post, and Associated Press. The single “Emergency Contact” landed in the Top 5 at Alternative Radio, while selling out tours with I Prevail and The Used.

The Jaws of Life was produced by Paul Meany (Twenty One Pilots, Mutemath, The Blue Stones), and mixed by Adam Hawkins (Machine Gun Kelly, Turnstile, Twenty One Pilots). Deadly serious subject matter abounds, but Pierce The Veil enduringly navigates it all with grace. The lyrics continue the Fuentes tradition of painstaking honesty and clever twists of phrase. Pierce The Veil performs at the biggest festivals and is counted among the biggest and brightest of a younger generation of bands. But it all starts with the songs. The Jaws of Life is filled with the kind to keep the PTV fire burning forever.

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