Another album, another HMV signing in Cardiff. This time we talk to singer Matt Tuck and drummer Moose at midnight.
Last updated: 26 November 2008
So, you're about to go and sign copies of your new album, Scream Aim Fire at midnight...
Moose: I'm normally in bed at this time!
Matt: Yeah, it's good though; it's exciting - the count-down to our new album, like! It's been a long time coming so, yeah, I'm very excited - I can't wait. This album is definitely better than the first.
This will be the first time you've tested public appetite, as The Poison was a slow-burner. Is that something that makes you nervous?
Moose: Yeah, the last one was a slow burner, so this is our first taste of people rushing out to buy our record. In Japan it went straight to number one, so for us, having a number one album is weird! And in a different country is even weirder. But we're not nervous.
Matt: We're the only British metal band who have made an impact worldwide for the last 10 or so, maybe more. It's cool!
To a degree, that must be because you mix metal with pop more than virtually any other band...
Matt: The pop element to our music is totally a natural thing, it's what we've always done you know; it's even what the name kind of represents. We always write the music first, then the lyrics and the melodies later
The music sets it up and whatever I feel like doing, whatever I think the song needs, I'll sing that. I don't care if it's care if it's pop or thrashy... I write what's best for the song.
What makes this album different from The Poison?
Matt: I think this album is definitely better than The Poison: our skills have improved individually and plus as a band we've been playing for many years now especially the last three years on the live circuit.
I understand what made The Poison a success; we've tried to take those elements and recreate them: take the right ingredients and make them better really.
Moose: It's harder, faster, better, stronger!