Camden Rocks preview: Bullet For My Valentine
Frontman Matt Tuck looks ahead to the Welsh metallers' headline set
Thousands of London shoppers are set to have their faces melted by riffs as Camden Rocks is set to take over 20 venues around the area.
This year's line-up features While She Sleeps...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Ginger Wildheart, Glen Matlock, The Dictators NYC, Heavens Basement, Black Spiders, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Richie Ramone, Feed The Rhino and more.
Bullet For My Valentine will headline the Electric Ballroom, so we caught up with frontman Matt Tuck to find out about their forthcoming album Venom, their recent line-up change and what the future holds for the band...
**Your headline appearance at Camden Rocks has been a closely guarded secret for months: excited to be back for your first gig of 2015?
**Matt Tuck: "Very excited to be back, yes. It’s been over a year since we last played live so we're eager to get the show back on the road."
**You’ve have been in the studio for much of 2015, recording Bullet’s forthcoming fifth album, which you recently described as “a monster.” Care to tell us a little more about it?
**"We spent a lot of 2014 writing it and started the recording process on February 1 at Metropolis Studios in London, and wrapped up around mid-April. It is absolutely a monster, we've never been happier with the way a record has turned out and it’s a huge step up from all our previous records on every level. We're very happy with it."
**It’s been ten years now since the release of 'The Poison' pushed you to the forefront of the British metal scene: what do you remember of that time, with all the excitement that surrounded the album?
**"That whole time in our career was an absolute whirlwind of crazy shit. We went from being four friends from the Welsh valleys chasing a dream, to one of the biggest metal bands in the world. It all happened very, very quickly so there was no real time to take it in – in 2006 alone we toured with Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N Roses and were headlining venues like Brixton Academy. It was mental but the best time ever... unforgettable."
Like every other UK band, you’ve played in Camden a number of times in your career: what was Bullet’s most memorable Camden show ever?
"I think the most memorable would be in late 2003 when we played the Barfly supporting Stampin' Ground. That was the night that the A & R guys from the record labels started to sniff around. That night was the start of everything really – we ended up turning offers away there was such a feeding frenzy to sign the band. Good job we showed up that night!"