Andy Biersack, born Andrew Dennis Biersack, was born on 26th December 1990 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is the lead vocalist - and the only remaining original member - for the Black Veil Brides.
Andy formed the Black Veil Brides at the age of 14, when living in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a teenager, he was the victim of an excessive amount of bullying and prejudice, because of the fact that he followed the emo subculture and had black hair. Because of this, he was branded as a "fag" and an "emo" by other students at his school. The song "Knives and Pens" reflects this prejudice, and is a song that sets out to show how people get bullied for the way they act and dress, and face the choice of knives (for example, self-harming themselves) or pens (choosing to write rather than harming), hence the name of the song.