"It actually benefits us not having that mainstream love because we do it as a family and we do it on our own."
The life, death, decline and growth of rock music as a genre is oft debated and discussed.
But according to Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck, rock music is doing just fine, and it certainly doesn't need saving. In fact, let the mainstream leave rock music be, and everything will be fine.
Speaking to Music Feeds, Tuck explained why everything is kind of fine in the world of rock music, saying "I don’t think it needs saving. I think it has just become very obvious for decades now that our world is our world. The mainstream media and everyone else doesn’t really want to celebrate it, care about it, respect it or even talk about it you know? It’s one of those things that I’ve personally just come to terms with a long time ago and in a way that actually makes it better."
He continued that what matters more than any mainstream recognition, is the relationship they cultivate directly with their fans "What we do is always about fanbases. It’s about loyalty, it’s about dedication. And we have that longevity which we’ve just touched upon. We can be around thirty years like the Maiden guys, like Metallica, Slayer – whatever you want. Many, many bands! They’re not just these flash-in-the-pan conveyer belt pop artists that have huge success for like ten seconds then they disappear forever and you never hear from them again. So it actually benefits us not having that mainstream love because we do it as a family and we do it on our own. We stick by each other and you’re a fan for life once you’re in. It has positives, it has negatives but for me the positives definitely outweigh all the other mainstream bullshit which we’ve never relied upon! We don’t need it anyway so it’s fine."
He's not wrong. Which is part of the reason that Bullet For My Valentine is about to release their sixth album 'Gravity' June 29. Get all the info on that here.
We recently caught up with Matt and Jason about all things 'Gravity', and future plans. Check out our full chat below: