The Shadow Side is Andy Biersack's debut solo album which was released on May 6, 2016 under the moniker Andy Black. Biersack stated that Andy Black was meant to be a side project and that he would continue making music for Black Veil Brides.
The full album was released on May 6th, 2016. The first single from the album, We Don't Have to Dance, was released on March 18, 2016.
During a backstage interview at the Alternative Press Music Awards 2015, Andy said that his plan was to work on the Andy Black album and Black Veil Brides's fifth album Vale concurrently. In addition, he stated that he had written about 45 songs for the album and just needed to pick the best ones to record for it.
Several musicians in the rock scene featured on the album including Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy, Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance, Rian Dawson from All Time Low, Ashton Irwin from 5 Seconds of Summer, Travis Barker from Blink-182, and Quinn Allman from the Used.
In an interview with Ryan J. Downey, Andy stated that the Andy Black project, and thus creation of The Shadow Side, came about since he "needed to find a lifeline out" from Black Veil Brides since there was an "element" that did not fit within the band anymore.
- Homecoming King
- We Don't Have to Dance
- Stay Alive (feat. Matt Skiba)
- Love was Made to Break
- Beautiful Pain
- Put the Gun Down
- Drown Me Out
- Paint it Black
- Break Your Halo
- Louder Than Your Love
- Broken Pieces
- The Void
- They Don't Need to Understand was a song made by Andy Biersack and Patrick Fogarty that was expected to be on the album but did not appear on it.