Initially, the track may be shocking as it is softer and more plainly introspective than most of the Black Veil Brides’ canon. The track begins with Andy recalling wisdom once imparted by his father in the lines, “Growing strong, the voice of my father said/ ‘Don’t give up, don’t be forgotten’/ This hell on Earth, I just want to run away.” Additionally, in the preclude to the chorus, Biersack restates that, despite all of his successes, he is still the same outcast boy that he has always been with the lines, “ Singin’ all my songs to bedroom mirrors/ Deep inside my heart I’m still here.” Finally, as the chorus takes hold with a brightly toned flourish, Biersack delivers the song’s ultimate message with the lines, “We do it our own way, no matter what they try to say about it/ We’ve got our own plans, yeah/ They don’t need to understand.”
More than anything, “They Don’t Need To Understand” serves to set Andy Black apart from Black Veil Brides in both a stylistic a and musical sense. While listeners may have expected Biersack’s new side project to bear similarities to his usual work, and it is undeniable that some similarities are indeed there, overall, Andy Black provides a refreshingly different look at Biersack as a writer and artist. Furthermore, “They Don’t Need To Understand” offers listeners an intimate view on many of Biersack’s early struggles, as a child with uncommon aspirations in a world that does not understand. Yet, as Biersack repeatedly affirms, it does not matter that no one understands the ways that both he and his bandmates have come to their success, all that really matters is that they did, “...it [their] own way, no matter what [everyone else] tr[ies] to say about it.”
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