It’s nearly Valen­tine’s day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - INTERVIEW -

ex­actly what we wanted to do. Make it ex­cit­ing and un­pre­dictable and con­nect with our fans. On a busi­ness level we sell more tick­ets this way, so it works out bet­ter for ev­ery­one.

“And we can go to places we have never been be­fore. We want to try to get that con­nec­tion to see the whites of peo­ple’s eyes. We’ve done are­nas, which were great, but club level is just as good and we can get down and dirty with the fans. It’s good. Some­thing we haven’t done for a long time and it will be good to get that feel­ing again.

“Peo­ple will go home with sore necks, ears ring­ing and sweaty. We are not bring­ing any toys and tricks this time. We’ve gone back to ba­sics.”

Bullet For My Valen­tine per­form at the Water­side, Ayles­bury on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 5 at 7pm. Tick­ets cost £25.90. A £2.85 book­ing fee ap­plies. Call 0844 871 7607 or visit www. at­gtick­­bury.

AL­MOST two years since their al­bum

was panned as Tepid Tepid, the Welsh me­tal band Bullet For My Valen­tine are back heav­ier and darker than ever – and they do have some­thing to make some noise about.,

Hav­ing achieved their high­est UK chart po­si­tion (3) with their fifth stu­dio al­bum in Au­gust, they are back on their pedestal as Bri­tain’s big­gest me­tal band.

Their pro­file had risen with each al­bum since 1998, notch­ing up a run of key ap­pear­ances – only for them to see their rep­u­ta­tion tar­nished af­ter crit­ics lam­basted

But fresh from warm­ing the stage for Slip­knot at the Sum­mer’s Last Stand tour, front­man Matt Tuck has gone back to ba­sics with in what is the group’s heav­i­est and an­gri­est re­lease since 2008’s

“It has done re­ally well and was num­ber one for five days, which was amaz­ing,” he said. “Cilla Black was hap­pen­ing so we knew it was go­ing to be a bit hard to stay there with a Bri­tish icon like that. Un­for­tu­nately, we didn’t get it, but to be num­ber one for those five days was amaz­ing.”

That crit­i­cism and the de­par­ture of long-time bassist Jay James in Fe­bru­ary has given the band mo­ti­va­tion to prove the snipers wrong.

Tuck, 35, ob­served: “We al­ways get crit­i­cism. We al­ways do. was crit­i­cised in the NME.

“You can’t please ev­ery­one ev­ery sin­gle time, we are very much aware of that, but we just make sure we are happy, no mat­ter what other peo­ple think.

“We knew wasn’t our best ef­fort, but it didn’t de­serve all the crit­i­cism it got. It wasn’t heavy enough.

“We were def­i­nitely more mo­ti­vated to stick it down peo­ple’s throats (with But back to front it is a re­ally good record. It reached the top 10 in the bill­boards in Amer­ica and we achieved re­ally good things from that with mu­sic fes­ti­val per­for­mances and an arena tour and peo­ple made a way too big­ger deal of it.”

Tuck talks a lot about re­cap­tur­ing that energy and dark­ness – that’s per­haps at least partly why they chose to team up with pro­ducer Colin Richard­son who worked with them on and

“Mu­si­cally, we wanted to do some­thing ex­cit­ing and it needed to be heavy and dark and su­per melodic,” said Tuck.

“We knew what we wanted to do and if it didn’t fit that cri­te­ria we didn’t do it. We didn’t want any­one interfering, but to let us do what we wanted to do. Work­ing with other pro­duc­ers, they have their opin­ion on what we were do­ing and how we should sound. Work­ing with Colin al­lowed us to fo­cus on how we wanted to do it and he makes ev­ery­thing sound big.

“We’ve had a lot of history of suc­cess there and we wanted to re­cap­ture that.”

Hav­ing sold more than 10 mil­lion al­bums world­wide, the band are now gear­ing up to em­bark on an in­ti­mate tour across Bri­tain.

“We re­ally wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent and re­con­nect with our fan base who had not had the op­por­tu­nity to come to see us for what­ever rea­son. That was it re­ally.

“So we are not play­ing Lon­don, Cardiff, Birm­ing­ham

etc, and that’s

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