Interview with Bring Me The Horizon
Formed in 2005, Bring Me The Horizon consist of lead singer Oliver Sykes, Lee Malia, Matthew Kean, Matthew Nichols and Jordan Fish. The five piece band from Sheffield released their fifth studio album That’s The Spirit last year and are now touring the UK with their largest arena tour so far.
Bring Me The Horizon have hit singles that have been all over the radio since the release of their album, including Follow you, Avalanche and their recent single Oh No.
Before they got started on their UK tour, Sixtynine Degrees’ Ben Walker caught up with keyboardist Jordan Fish on how he got started with the band, their album and what to expect from their tour.
How did you get involved with Bring Me The Horizon?
The band started 12 years ago and I joined around five years ago and have worked on the last two albums. The band all pretty much knew each other from school or from around the area where as I met Olly Sykes from when I was in another and he came to see us play. I then started working with the band and it just became obvious after a while that we were going to carry on, it just happened.
What have been your highlights since being with the band?
Headlining Wembley Arena was good and the Royal Albert Hall show we did earlier this year was great. I kind of like it when we play the iconic British venues as its cool to experience a venue that artists such as The Beatles have played at. I think producing our album was such a big thing for me, doing it all ourselves, which was such a big achievement. I think there were a couple of people though, who questioned the idea whether it was a good idea for us to take full control on producing the album, That’s The Spirit.
How was it performing at Royal Albert Hall?
It’s always been a dream of ours to work with an Orchestra as we use so many orchestral and coral elements to our music it just makes sense for us. With being a rock band that plays as loud as us, it makes it difficult. Our booking agent came through with an offer to do a show for Teenage cancer Trust which was a week of shows at Royal Albert Hall for charity and he said why don’t you do it with an orchestra and that was our way in. We were able to do what we always wanted to do and for a good cause, for this one everything was for charity so we could afford to charge a decent amount for a ticket and pay a lot of musicians and do something amazing. It ended up being a lot more work than I thought it was going to be but it was worth it though. We are finishing up the DVD now and it sounds great. It’s always going to be something we look back on with a sense of achievement. We actually got quite a lot of our friends to help out as well. Will who I’ve been in bands with and known since school he was the lead Violinist and he helped compose half of the pieces and another guy, Simon helped and conducted. They were both around our age. The orchestra consisted of students; they were all young and did it for a small amount of money. All the choir were in bands around there area as well. It was an amazing achievement and in a logistical sense it was amazing.
What was the inspiration behind your fifth studio album, That’s The Spirit?
It was specifically about Olly (Sykes) and his personal recovery from drug addiction and all the things that came from that. It’s almost like a concept album in a way in terms of the lyrics and themes. When we came to That’s The Spirit, at first it took us a while to figure out what the whole thing was about. When we started writing then the concept kind of came together halfway through the process. In a way it’s a way of dealing with depression and emptiness and all the darker side of living, the harder parts of being alive and in a way each song for us is a different hardship that you might have to go through or deal with. They particularly resonate with Olly as they are his words and the way he had to learn to deal with those things and that’s how we wanted the music to come through in an emotional sense. The whole album went down that theme and we wanted to go down that route with the artwork as well between the dark and misery outside of the album compared to the bright and colourful parts in side. All of that was meant to represent trying to find the beauty in something that can be quite miserable.
How did the decision come about to go off and produce the album yourselves?
We have a lot of the creative control ourselves so we had it in the back of our minds that we knew we didn’t need someone. When we did the single; Drown, we did it off our own backs and we got somebody to mix it, but there was no producer or anything like that involved in that track and it went down well. There are so many strong ideas in the band that we don’t really need another person’s opinion I don’t think, it doesn’t really work for us. To me it’s a much purer and easier way to get your views across if you’re completely in control. That’s the same reason why Olly still does a lot of our artwork or at least takes direction of it. In terms of our tour posters and merchandise we still have quite a DIY ethic just because it’s a) fun and if you lose control of that you sort of sit around and do nothing and b) I think it’s important that people feel connected to the band, I feel like you kind of tell that the band had a hand in it themselves.
So you’re heading out on tour what can fans expect?
It’s our biggest tour so far and we’ve really gone for it with regards to production. We’ve been developing the set for the last six months and we’re adding in a few more songs and we have a massive screen which is ridiculous. We just want it to be really good. We’re not really making much money on this tour so we just thought let’s do it justice and we want people to go away and think that it’s the best show they’ve ever seen basically, that’s our bench mark
Can you tell us what you are going to perform?
We’re going to perform songs form the last two albums as well as some old ish ones for the diehard fans. It’s a long set for us as it’s quite high energy for us, it’s going to be the longest we’ve ever played. There’s more to it than relentless energy, we’ve kind of got some ups and some downs and different bits. We really went for the flow of the set to make it feel like more of a show, a real big performance that kinds of carry people along with it rather than just the relentless high energy. There’s still the old songs where it’s just mental but there’s a bit more depth in a live performance
So what is next for Bring Me The Horizon?
We’re heading out to North America in March and April with some special guests lined up. After that we’re going to try and probably wind down by early summer next year and then a bit of time away with our families and start thinking about album six.
Bring Me The Horizon are at Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on Friday 4th November, with tickets still available from www.getmein.com/
Bring me The Horizon have also recently released new single Oh No, which you can listen to on ITunes and Spotify as well as other providers.