By Erik Badia
Quiet, soft-spoken, and reserved are three descriptions three typically not associated with a member of a metal band, but all are fitting for Bullet For My Valentine drummer Michael "Moose" Thomas. The hard rocker is humble and relaxed, and seems happy to be playing with his cohorts from Wales.
After their well-received debut album The Poison was released, the band toured Europe and North America with only a short break before releasing a second album, Scream Aim Fire. The tour saw the band play many a rock festival and share the stage with Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, and Metallica. "It was amazing playing with Metallica and [Iron] Maiden, and our record doing so well," Thomas marveled. Indeed, The Poison sold more than one million copies world wide, and their international tour certainly helped solidify the band as a standout in the metal scene.
One might think that after touring the world for nearly two years a break would be in order, but not for BFMV. On January 29, Scream Aim Fire was released, and the band announced they would be embarking on yet another world tour, this one larger than the first. In the U.S., Bullet For My Valentine is co-headlining the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour that stops everywhere from Seattle to the Nassau Coliseum on March 20.
Apparently, the Welshman and his band are quite content to be globe trotting. "It's pretty much the same, wherever we go in the world," said Thomas, who apparently is quite content with all the travel. "It's just a lot of people who want to have a good time and enjoy themselves." That's good, because they've got a long road ahead of them. According to Thomas, "After this tour we go to Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe...We're pretty much booked up all year."
Scream Aim Fire was recorded on the road during their tour promoting The Poison. "I think about 20 or 30 percent was written on the road, and we went to the [Sonic Ranch] studio in Texas and recorded it there," Thomas recalled. "[Scream Aim Fire] was more easy, you know, more relaxed...it was quite fun to do." It would appear that everything worked, as Scream Aim Fire has received positive press.
In addition, the current tour has been going well as a result. "It's going really well, we're playing In front of a lot of people," Thomas said. When asked which venue or show the band was looking forward to, Thomas quipped, "All of them, really. We take each show seriously." Thomas and his band mates -Matthew Tuck, Michael Paget, and Jason James - all grew up together in Wales. "We've known each other for years," he said. "We all went to school together; we just come together naturally I think."
Thomas believes that it really doesn't matter where you come from in today's world, as long as you put the time in concerning what you do. "It was hard work," he recalled. "I don't think it was the fact of where we came from, I think it was just the fact of trying to get a record deal is the hardest thing." That hard work is paying off, as Bullet For My Valentine appears to be on the road to superstardom.