Australia has been quite fortunate on the festival front this year! Not only did Download branch out onto Australian shores for the first time and take over Melbourne in March, the East Coast is going to be experiencing Good Things in December. Kicking off in Melbourne on Friday December 7th, the festival rolls into Sydney on the 8th and Brisbane on the 9th with huge acts such as Stone Sour, The Used and All Time Low joining Welsh heavy metallists Bullet For My Valentine.
Whilst it has only been two years since vocalist/lead guitarist Matthew Tuck, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Michael ‘Padge’ Paget, bassist Jamie Mathias and drummer Jason Bowld last graced Australian shores, this time around is hot on the release of their sixth studio album ‘Gravity’ earlier this year via Spinefarm Records. ‘Gravity’ is also the first album released since the departure of former drummer and founding member Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas in 2016.
Whilst BMFV have been around since 2003, the story begins all the way back in 1998! Tuck, Padge, Moose and original bassist Nick Crandle first met whilst studying music together at Bridgend College. Getting started with covers of Nirvana and Metallica, the quartet decided on the name Jeff Killed John. After releasing their first EP ‘Better Off Alone’ (1999), there were a couple of two track Eps recorded between 2002 and the early part of 2003. However on the eve of heading into the studio to record the self-titled EP, Crandle decided that he no longer wanted to be a part of the band; this resulted in the addition of Jason James AND the changing of name. The rest they say is history!
After releasing their self-titled EP (2004) through Visible Noise, BMFV released follow-up EP ‘Hand Of Blood’ August the following year via Trustkill Records. Debut album ‘The Poison’ was released October 3rd the UK before becoming publically available across the USA on Valentine’s Day. Gaining huge momentum on the back of songs like Tears Don’t Fall, All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me) and Suffocating Under Words Of Sorrow, BFMV took off across the world! From playing Download Festival 2005 to opening for none other than Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses, opportunities were being thrown at the band left, right and centre.
The flood gates sung open for BFMV and nothing could slow them down, well almost nothing! Tuck was forced to undergo an emergency tonsillectomy in 2007 thanks to severe laryngitis, which unfortunately led to the cancelation of several shows. After receiving clearance from doctors, Tuck and the rest of BFMV went back into the studio and released ‘Scream Aim Fire’ (2008). BMFV took off across North America and Australia alongside Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold and Blessthefall for Taste Of Chaos, before hitting up North America yet again and Europe in the later part of the year. 2010 saw the arrival of third album ‘Fever’, before BFMV released their fourth album ‘Temper Temper’ in 2013.
Unfortunately all machines need to break down at some stage and BFMV wasn’t an exception to this rule. James decided towards the start of 2015 to leave the band, which required Tuck to pick up the bass for a small period of time as the universe opened the door for Mathias to join the band. The changing of members didn’t slow the momentum down, as later that same year fifth album ‘Venom’ was released. More bad news in the way of a line-up found its way into the camp, however it came in the form of good news that Moose and his wife were expecting their first child! As Bowld took his temporarily place behind the skins, BFMV signed a new worldwide deal with Spinefarm Records and went into the studio to record their sixth album. After teasing the world with first single Don’t Need You back in 2016, ‘Gravity’ was eventually released June this year with Bowld now a permanent member of the band.
Whilst the band might not be as young and full of rage as they were back in 2005, BFMV still put on a great show and one that a LOT of people will be checking out at Good Things. Seeing a mixture of songs that showcase the softness of Tuck’s voice whilst being paired with those heavier and faster rhythms from the earlier days, make sure you don’t miss out on being there when a small part of Wales takes over Australia!
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