HIT THE DECK 2012 PREVIEW: Bury Tomorrow

Bury Tomorrow have become one of the most loved British metalcore bands since the release of their debut album ‘Portraits’ back in 2009, and with constant touring and festival slots dotted here and there, the hunger from fans for album number two is almost unfathomable. So, with news of new album ‘The Union Of Crowns’ dropping in summer and their set at Hit The Deck on the way, we spoke with bassist Davyd Bates to get the lowdown:

DP!: How are you guys looking forward to playing at this year’s Hit The Deck Festival?
Dav: We’ve never had the opportunity to play it before, so we’re all really looking forward to it. It’s safe to say that last year it was a very well spoken of festival, and we’re looking forward to being given the opportunity to leave our mark on it this year.

DP!: There’s a lot of different band on the line-up this year, is there anyone that you’re particularly excited to see or plan on catching?
Dav: There are so many of our friends playing, it’ going to be an incredible day for music. Don Broco always bring a great show, not to mention Deaf Havana, Lower Than Atlantis, Shadows Chasing Ghosts and TRC. Personally, I’m really looking forward to seeing Rolo Tomassi. I missed seeing them on the Architects tour, so it’ll be a good chance to see them play again.

DP!: You recently announced your signing over to Nuclear Blast Records. How does it feel to be a part of that label’s roster?
Dav: To be honest, it’s by far one of the biggest honours that we’ve had as a band. Nuclear Blast has carved a career out of signing bands like All Shall Perish and Meshuggah. The fact that they have so much faith in our music is incredible, and we hope we can earn our place amongst such an amazing roster.

DP!: You’re releasing your new album ‘The Union Of Crowns’ in July, are you excited to finally get it out there?
Dav: It’s been a long road to this point and I honestly cannot wait. We’re itching to play all our new material live, and the only way that’s going to happen is for ‘The Union Of Crowns’ to come out and for everyone to hear it. It’s a heavier take on Bury Tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to see how people are going to react to this.

DP!: With so many different bands on the line-up, why should people come and check you guys out?
Dav: We’ve spent a long time perfecting our live show, and we have always wanted to be an intense live experience both in energy and musicality. People on the day should come see us if they want to be swept away in a wave of circle pits, walls of death and breakdowns.

DP!: Will you guys be letting yourself loose at the after party?
Dav: With so many great people around on the day, there’s no way that we’d pass up on the opportunity to hang out with friends and cut loose after the show.

DP!: Finally, is there anything else that you’d like to add and share with our readers?
Dav: Pick a copy of ‘The Union Of Crowns’ in July, whether you liked us before or not, and come join us at a show. We want to meet as many of you as humanly possible!

SET TIME: 19:15 – 19:45 (Stealth – Valencourt Apparel stage)
RIYL: While She Sleeps / Bleed From Within / Architects
LISTEN TO: Her Bones In The Sand / Royal Blood (below) / Confessions