Bullet for My Valentine
'The New Sound of Metal'
Bullet For My Valentine, haling from Wales, carries with them the new sound of metal, while staying true to their roots. Last year, they garnered 4 Nominations in Kerrang and won one for Best Single, "Tears Don't' Fall."
Originally known as Jeff Killed John, the band formed in 1999 while studying music at Bridgend College. Starting out as a Nirvana and Metallica covers band, in 2002 they released a two-track CD (You/Play With Me) through the Pynci scheme for new Welsh musicians. Produced by Greg Haver, the songs were little more than identikit nu-metal, but it did help secure them a live Radio 1 broadcast at Newport's TJ's.
Originally they played identikit nu-metal, before it went out of fashion and fate forced a rethink. Jeff Killed John rethought their strategy, recruited Jason James on bass, and worked on their sound. And, crucially, they got rid of the rubbish name. And so Bullet For My Valentine were born.
As of now, they on tour in support of their latest album The Poison opening up for the legendary Iron Maiden. Then after that, it's off the UK for a string of sold-out shows.
I spoke to Padge, one of the guitarists, and here is what he had to say.
First off, I want to congratulate on the re-issue of your album, The Poison and the issue of the "Hand of Death" EP. I watched your video for "Tears Don't Fall." How was the video shoot? "Thank you! The video shoot took place in Miami. We used an artificial rain machine for effect. Scott Winig was the Director."
As well, congratulations on landing the slot for the opening act for Iron Maiden; one of your influences. How has the audience reception been to your set? "Well, last night was our first night, so we want to see how the tour goes. So far, so good. The audience has been cheering, so that had been a big plus for the band."
I am curious as to the method of your music. Do you find anything that catches your as far Modern Metal goes? "We try to stay true to our roots. We tend to shy away from Modern Music, as we try to hold on to what is true to us."
I would also like to take this time to congratulate you on landing in the Top 200 of the Billboard Charts with the album. How has that affected the the band? "It led the way for sold-out shows, things are looking good."
Are anticipating the upcoming UK Headliner Tour? "Hell Yes! We are going all out for this one. We are going to incorporate a full stage, props and pyrotechnics. It's going to be great!'
In your own words, what would you describe as the key elements to your song writing? "First off, we concentrate on the music and melody.
Our music is important to us; as is our lyrical content.'
How was the experience of being nominated in 4 categories in Kerrang? How did it feel to win the "Best Single," for "Tears Don't' Fall?" "It was amazing and a great honor. We were thrilled."
In a few words, can you tell us how the Warped Tour went? "It went well, it was tough, but, really good.'
Will you be headed to the studio after the UK Tour? "We have to head to the West Coast for a few radio shows. So it's back to the States for us. Then, after that, we can prepare to go into the studio."
Any words you would like to convey to your fanbase out there? "We want to thank all of you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all the support. It means a lot to us."
Interviewed by Eva M. Trudeau
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