Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck was recently interviewed by WhatCulture and opened up about the band’s upcoming album “Gravity” (out June 29). He says the lyrics on the effort are “very personal” and that they deal with his recent struggles with anxiety and depression.
Tuck said the following:
“It’s very personal; it’s all about me. The last two years of my life have been very up and down emotionally. I’ve been through a break-up and I have a family, and all that stuff has taken its toll. That led into a bit of a downer: I had issues with anxiety and then some depression issues. So I’m just telling people all about that.”
“It’s showing a very different side to me that I’ve never shown before. It’s [a] very vulnerable, tender and up-and-down version of me. It wasn’t something that I intended to do, but the more I was doing it, the better the songs started to become. The more tortured I’ve been, the better this album has become. Such a cliché! [Laughs] But it is my favorite Bullet record.”
He also added the following when asked how he overcame anxiety and depression:
“It was more just being mentally strong enough to deal with it, unfortunately. I’m not a very outgoing person and I like to bottle things up. I don’t like to speak about my emotions to people, so I think having the band and music really, really helped me. Otherwise, it would still be inside. I used it as an outlet and, as the songs started to develop, I felt like I had a purpose again. I didn’t even want to write songs; I couldn’t be arsed. I just kind of dealt with it. I had the outlet of songwriting, and as soon as that started, I went to a therapist. Then the break-up thing started to calm down, so it took a lot of time and a lot of things coming together at the right time.”
Tuck went on to say the “Gravity” title comes from the idea of “the weight of the world on your shoulders constantly dragging you down. And then, having the wings on the [album’s front cover] is the moment where you can just fucking take off. Having them look super vibrant was purposeful: we didn’t want it to be all doom and gloom.”