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Pierce the Veil will join three other bands in concert Thursday night at the Avalon in Murray.

Vic Fuentes is the guitarist for the aggressive San Diego-based band Pierce the Veil, and his brother Mike is the drummer. They started Pierce the Veil after their first band fizzled out.

"It was a strange time for us," Vic Fuentes said by phone from his San Diego home. "We had learned a lot with the other band, but we also made a lot of mistakes. When we decided to form Pierce the Veil, we vowed to learn from what we did and move on to a better band."

Pierce the Veil, which features the Fuentes brothers, bassist Jaime Preciado and guitarist Tony Perry, officially formed last year, and its album "A Flair for the Dramatic" was released in June.

"We built a studio under our house here," said Fuentes. "We did some demos for the new album and had a time set up to record the record in Seattle, earlier this year. It was an interesting experience because we drove up to Seattle and recorded most of the songs.

"I was a little scared because I didn't have all the vocals ready. So I knew that I would have to write some things in the studio, and I don't like to do that. And then, once we got the music done, my brother left Seattle to come back home and I was there alone."

However, that alone time proved beneficial to Fuentes. "I was able to focus and concentrate on what I was suppose to do. I had my iPod on and walked around Seattle and got some great ideas for the lyrics."

As Fuentes recorded his vocals, he wasn't trying to make a radio hit. "To have our CDs in the stores is great, but it's not what makes being in the band worthwhile. What really freaks me out in a good way is to go on YouTube and seeing people covering our songs. That makes me realize that our music means something to someone other than ourselves.

"Also, we did a show in England, and it was surreal seeing all the kids who live halfway around the world from us, singing our songs. That makes it all worthwhile."

If you go . . .

What: From First to Last, Pierce the Veil, Four Year Strong, Envy on the Coast

Where: Avalon, 3605 S. State Street, Murray

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

How much: $12

Phone: 467-8499, 800-888-8499