Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes: “Rap Is Almost The New Punk… Rock Has Gone Soft”

Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes has said that rap is “almost the new rock’n’roll or punk”, claiming that “rock has gone soft, miserable and boring”.

Speaking with Music Week (via NME), Sykes said it has been important for Bring Me The Horizon to shift away from their metal roots, in order to maintain an emotional connection with fans.

“That’s why rappers are almost the new rock’n’roll or punk or whatever,” Sykes said.

“Rock’s gone soft, it’s gone miserable and boring, there’s not really much exciting about it. So it’s important that we cross over, because we feel like we belong more in a place where people just like music and it’s not about how heavy it is.”

Speaking about Bring Me The Horizon’s current sound, Sykes said, “Even if it’s a poppier song, it’s a million times more exciting than the shit you hear on the radio. It’s emotional, it’s got depth, and it’s always going to grab you and make you feel something.”

Co-writer and keyboardist Jordan Fish added: “A lot of artists I like have changed constantly throughout their career. Radiohead are one of my favourite bands – and I wouldn’t ever compare us to Radiohead – but a lot of people would have said, ‘I prefer ‘The Bends’. But I don’t like that old stuff, I like them from when they went electronic onwards.”

Bring Me The Horizon are scheduled to tour Australia in April 2019, behind their forthcoming new album amo.

Last week, a fan died at the band’s London concert, but their cause of death remains unclear.

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