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Wales-based metalcore act Bullet For My Valentine
has just released the first full-lenght and very promising CD 'The Poison
' (read a review
at UG). And now they are in the midst of a huge tour behind the album (you can find the tour dates at this location
). British website Gigwise.com
duly caught up with the band's guitarist Michael "Padge" Padget and bassit Jason James just to blabber on. Here are some excerpts from the chat:
Gigwise: You've got a big tour coming up, has it been a struggle getting to this point?
Jason: Yeah our first one, so it's really important to us. it was a struggle for years back home, you know, we were in loads of small bands that just didn't get anywhere, but the last year has been incredible, our feet haven't touched the floor. It's moving so fast, we can hardly keep up with it.
Did you think you'd be at this point by now? With a big headline tour and big album coming out?
Padge: Well we all believed in it, we struggled, but we always believed that it would happen, so when we finally got a deal... We couldn't really believe it.
Well you guys have been struggling for quite a while, has it been hard seeing other bands from your area, like Lostprophets, Funeral For A Friend, etc, do well?
Padge: We just kept thinking "what are we doing wrong?" All these bands were getting signed up and we'd been going just as long, if not longer than some of those bands and we couldn't figure it out.
Jason: I remember seeing The Lostprophets play just after their first album came out, and they were so amazing, they were so heavy and had such great stage presence that it really pushed us, it should us what we should be like.
So other welsh band's success motivated you guys?
Jason: Yeah, I mean a year later they were playing the Carling Stage at Reading so it really pushed us to try and follow on from that.
Did you guys feel at all bitter? Thinking that you should be up there instead?
Padge: Not instead, but along with them.
Jason: We just felt like if they could do it, we could. There's been talk of doing a big tour with like us, Funeral, Hondo, 'Prophets, you know, all the welsh bands. There might be a big of a clash of interests there though.
Padge: Clash of egos more like.
Where are you guys from musically?
Padge: It's all old school thrash.
Jason: We haven't bothered with any of the modern day stuff, there's just nothing that grabs our attention at all in today's music. So it's all old school bands, like Pantera, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Testament, Stuck Mojo, Megadeth... mainly just classic rock.
Padge: Yeah, we're into the proper stuff, all the new music that's around is just about noise and smashing people's faces off for 7 minutes, we're not into that just being loud for the sake of it. We're into harmonies and having proper songs.
How do you feel about some of the other metal bands around?
Jason: As I Lay Dying are great.
Padge: I'll tell you what I'm not a big fan of, all this make-up malarky, all that crap around the eyes. Some bands are just covered in the stuff, and it's just not about music anymore and you think "What are you doing? Just play your f--king music!" It's like they're trying to cover up something about themselves. It's ridiculous.
Padge: Like Eighteen Visions. I just don't see the point of it, and I'm sure some kids are going to hate us for that, but it's the truth.
How do you think people over here will react to that? The British public haven't looked too favourably on British bands that have gone to America in the past.
Jason: A lot of the bands, go over there and try to take on the American lifestyle, you know, and start speaking like an American and acting like one, we're British and we just want to go over there and show them what we can do. We're totally loyal to our country, but we just want to do the best we can.
So what does the future hold?
Jason: We wrote two new songs, so we're already thinking about the next album, I mean we want this to last you know? Iron Maiden and Metallica have made careers out of this and that's what we're going to do. We're going to up there with them.
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