Bring Me The Horizon's new record Amo was a pretty radical departure from their usual sound. The record saw 75% less in sales than their 2015 record That's The Spirit, though that number did not account for streaming. Despite the sales, the band says they're very proud of the new record's accessibility.
Now in a new interview with Music Radar, guitarist Lee Malia says Bring Me The Horizon is constantly trying to evolve and push themselves as a band.
“Even when we were in the MySpace scene, and on the Warped Tour, and that whole metalcore scene, we knew for the next CD we didn’t want to do [the same thing again]. Even when we did There Is A Hell…, we knew we wanted to go a bit more experimental. We have never been too attached to the scene that we are in. As we got older, we realized that songs don’t have to have 100 parts, with every single sound you could make. You learn more. It’s aging. We grew up, but we were doing it through albums.”
Malia then takes things a step further and says frontman Oli Sykes "has ideas before anyone else" and that Bring Me The Horizon has "been ahead of some of the other bands."
“I think we’ve been ahead of some of the other bands. To Oli’s credit, he’s quite good at that. He has ideas before anyone else; he’ll come up with something and you’ll think that sounds like it’s just going to be mental, like having a choir all chopped up on a CD, but then we did that and then everyone started having choirs on their CDs, the whole metalcore scene – but a year later than us. Do you know what I mean? Or having strings. Even though, of course, Metallica did it years before, we modernized it.
I always think we have been a year ahead of bands who are kind of just seeing what’s cool and then copying it. I think we always thought ahead, and thought about what we were doing, rather than just doing the same thing again. We’ve always thought what we could do next to make it better.”
Read the full interview here.