Bring Me The Horizon think rock bands should step up their songwriting game if they want to do better on streaming platforms.
“The people who are writing the songs aren’t good enough songwriters,” keyboardist Jordan Fish says.
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Bring Me The Horizon aren’t shy about criticizing other bands in a new interview with Music Week. According Fish, rock music is having a hard time on streaming “because it’s bad, generally”.
“In my opinion, it’s mostly shite,” he continues, explaining he doesn’t think most people writing rock songs are good writers. “I don’t love the music on Hot Hits UK but they are well-written songs and that’s something a lot of rock bands don’t appreciate. The craft of writing good songs is hard.”
Unlike most bands, BMTH is doing pretty well on streaming. Per Music Week, they have over four million monthly listeners on Spotify.
“Mantra” already compiled more than 21.4 million streams. The song is the lead single off the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, amo. According to frontman Oli Sykes, the record is their way of making an album that’s “heavy” and “catchy” in a new way.
amo will be our first taste of new music from the English rockers since 2015’s That’s The Spirit, which also did pretty well online: 42.5% of the record sales came from streaming.
According to frontman Oli Sykes, other bands could follow suit and have success.
“Any of these bands could write a big song but it means they’re just going to have to keep going and be so honest with themselves that it hurts,” Sykes adds. “We could have half-written all these songs and then gone to see a producer, hoping he was going to sort them out. But one of the important things about being a rock band is that you do write your own music.”
“It’s not a very rock thing to have people writing your songs or your lyrics for you,” he continues. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a little bit of help, or some outside perspective, but a lot of our contemporaries now just have people straight-up writing songs for them. I find that bonkers.”
Bring Me The Horizon tour dates
BMTH recently kicked off the First Love world tour, in support of amo, which comes out this January via Sony/RCA Records.
They are bringing the run to North America in 2019 with support from Thrice and the Fever 333.
Plus, the band are set to play the inaugural Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival alongside System Of A Down, Foo Fighters, Disturbed and Bring Me The Horizon. The festival will span over the course of three days, May 17 to May 19, 2019, and it is slated to be held at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
Remaining European dates:
11/29 – London, England @ Alexandra Palace
11/30 – London, England @ Alexandra Palace
North American dates (with Thrice and the Fever 333):
01/23/19 – Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium
01/25/19 – Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena
01/26/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
01/28/19 – Fairfax, VA @ Eaglebank Arena
01/29/19 – Manhattan, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
02/01/19 – Boston, MA @ Tsongas Center
02/02/19 – Montreal, QC @ Place Bell
02/04/19 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
02/05/19 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
02/06/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Armory
02/08/19 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
02/09/19 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
02/11/19 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
02/13/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
02/15/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
02/16/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
Australian tour dates
04/10/19 – Brisbane, Australia @ Entertainment Centre
04/12/19 – Sydney, Australia @ Qudos Bank Arena
04/13/19 – Melbourne, Australia @ Rod Laver Arena