BRING ME THE HORI­ZON AMO, TRACK BY TRACK, IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Limp Bizkit, Dani Filth, beat­box­ing and break­ing bound­aries? AMO finds BRING ME THE HORI­ZON pulling out all the stops. In this world-ex­clu­sive track­list re­veal, JOR­DAN FISH gives us a teaser taste of what to ex­pect…

Kerrang! (UK) - - Welcome - WORDS: David MCLAUGHLIN

Jor­dan Fish is driv­ing home from Sh­effield af­ter what he de­scribes as “the tough­est thing I’ve ever done in my life”. The multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Bring Me The Hori­zon mav­er­ick is re­fer­ring to the painstak­ing task of com­plet­ing the band’s new al­bum, amo, which the five-piece have pretty much just signed off on as we speak. He’s made the mis­take of putting it on the stereo as he makes his jour­ney back to his fam­ily, though.

“Just now, I no­ticed a tiny thing I should’ve made a lit­tle bit louder,” he groans, know­ing it’s too late now to make any fur­ther tweaks or changes. “I al­ways no­tice lit­tle things I’d change af­ter­wards, but it doesn’t bother me par­tic­u­larly. You could go on for­ever if you wanted to.”

Mi­nor quib­bles and cre­ative chal­lenges aside, it’s clear that this is a record he, vo­cal­ist Oli Sykes, gui­tarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean and drum­mer Matt Ni­cholls are enor­mously proud of. Hav­ing worked on it in Sh­effield ini­tially and then across two stu­dios in LA (in­clud­ing a stint at Good Char­lotte’s MDDN base) ear­lier this year, it was left to Jor­dan, Oli and Dan Lan­caster to see it over the fi­nal mix­ing line. And now that it’s done, Jor­dan can en­joy a brief mo­ment of respite be­fore the work of pro­mot­ing it be­gins.

“This is the best part,” he beams. “It’ll be nice to go home, re­lax for a minute and just lis­ten to the al­bum with a bit of con­text and en­joy it my­self. I’m glad we took so long on those fi­nal bits and pieces, be­cause it sounds ex­actly how I want it now. We wanted to make it as per­fect as it can be, so it feels amaz­ing to have it fin­ished.” Here then, is your first proper in­tro­duc­tion to amo – one of the most an­tic­i­pated records of 2019. Jor­dan lets us in on some of its se­crets, teases a bunch of sonic sur­prises and re­veals the in­trigu­ing col­lec­tion of guests they’ve in­vited to the party… 1 i apol­o­gise if you feel some­thing “We wrote this with the in­ten­tion of it be­ing a kind of in­tro to the al­bum, but it ended up be­ing some­thing in be­tween that and a full song be­cause we loved it so much. It’s pretty much just elec­tron­ics and vo­cals. We wanted to set up MANTRA, and be­cause it’s been out al­ready we didn’t want that to be the first thing that peo­ple would

hear on the al­bum. So this sets the tone with the right level of emo­tion. It’s a re­ally spe­cial one for me, and it’s very dif­fer­ent for us. I’m sure a lot of peo­ple will be sur­prised when they hear it, be­cause it’s un­like any­thing we’ve done be­fore. There may even be a hint of this on our next tour…

“The song is es­sen­tially some­one say­ing to their part­ner that they are in con­trol of their own heart. Like, ‘Sorry if this hurts you, but your love is yours to give, so if the re­la­tion­ship isn’t work­ing for you that’s your pre­rog­a­tive.’ It’s a theme that runs through­out the al­bum.” 2 MANTRA “We had a bunch of songs we were re­ally happy with, but we didn’t have that one that we felt we could come back with, as the al­bum is so var­ied there was no mid­dle ground be­tween what we’d done be­fore and the new ma­te­rial. Once we had that con­ver­sa­tion, that sub­con­sciously pushed us to­wards writ­ing MANTRA. It’s not nec­es­sar­ily rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the record per se, but you could say that about any of the songs out of the con­text of the al­bum. There is a thread be­tween the songs, but no two tracks are alike.” 3 ni­hilist blues (Fea­tur­ing Grimes) “This is an ex­am­ple of us re­ally go­ing for it on this record. It’s like this dark rave song or some­thing – it’s absolutely men­tal, and it might be my favourite on the whole al­bum. I’m sure peo­ple will hear it and go, ‘What the fuck?!’ but what­ever. It’s very dif­fer­ent in sound for us. We’re big fans of Grimes and she loved the song. She ac­tu­ally sent it back with all these added el­e­ments which we weren’t ex­pect­ing, but she’s su­per­cre­ative and she’d com­pletely gone to town on it. That el­e­vated the song to a whole new level. She’s some­one we re­spect, and not re­ally some­one you’d ex­pect to find work­ing with a metal band. Or a rock band. Or what­ever it is we are…” 4 in the dark “This is one of the more poppy ones. Or at least it’s not very heavy, or got rock gui­tars. It’s from the per­spec­tive of some­one who’s found out their lover’s been cheat­ing. It’s mu­si­cally very dif­fer­ent for us. We’re so proud of it. We wanted to make sure it was po­si­tioned quite early in the record so it wouldn’t get lost. And while it’s poppy, it’s still quite dark. We don’t worry about what peo­ple might think of that. It’s not a healthy mind-set to be in when you’re try­ing to write mu­sic. We try not to let what peo­ple might ex­pect from us af­fect us cre­atively, but at the same time we do still like heavy mu­sic. So it’s a con­sid­er­a­tion. No-one wants to com­pletely alien­ate their ex­ist­ing fans. I’m sure it’ll take peo­ple a minute to get it, but I have so much con­fi­dence in the al­bum in gen­eral that I know they’ll come around.” 5 won­der­ful life (Fea­tur­ing Dani Filth) “This is one of the heav­ier ones on the al­bum. It’s quite tongue-in-cheek and ridicu­lous in places. Not many peo­ple know that Oli and I went to LA last year to work with Limp Bizkit. We were go­ing to pro­duce their al­bum and it… didn’t work, but that’s a whole other con­ver­sa­tion. That’ll be my book some day, when this whole ex­pe­ri­ence wraps up. Any­way, the main riff in this song is one we had for them that we ended up not us­ing. It’s this re­ally low-tuned, bouncy nu-metal riff and if we only got one thing out of that absolutely

ter­ri­ble ex­pe­ri­ence, then at least we have this. Then one day Oli said, ‘Wouldn’t it be sick if we got Dani Filth on the mid­dle eight?’ in one of his crazy cre­ative brain­waves. Nice guy, by all ac­counts – I didn’t get to meet him. I don’t think he drinks the blood of vir­gins in real life.” 6 ouch “ouch is an­other in­ter­lude-type track. It’s got some lyrics from an­other song that we didn’t end up us­ing in the end, but we re­ally liked the words and they tie in nicely with the themes of the record. So we wanted to find a way of keep­ing them. They’re a bit of a call­back to one of our old songs for fans to pick up on. I’ll leave it at that…”

7 medicine “It’s about peo­ple who are neg­a­tive in­flu­ences and how when they leave

your life things get much bet­ter. It’s a mix­ture of the elec­tronic and ra­dio-friendly el­e­ments of our band, but it’s still got char­ac­ter­is­tics of some of the big­ger songs we’ve done be­fore. You’d need to ask Oli who ex­actly that’s about, but I can think of a few peo­ple it might be about…” 8 su­gar, honey, ice & tea “One of the heav­ier, riffy songs. It’s got a metal-meets-brit­pop feel to it. It went through a few dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions, but we nailed it in the end. It’s quite fun and quirky, so I think it’ll be a good one to play live. The cho­rus is a weird falsetto thing that goes, ‘Su­gar, honey, ice and tea.’” 9 why you gotta kick me when I’m down “It’s Oli talk­ing about his re­la­tion­ship with fans of our band and how they might have opin­ions about him and his per­sonal life. Yet it also goes deeper than that. It comes from a per­sonal place, from a time when things weren’t nec­es­sar­ily go­ing his or our way. Oh, it has my lo­cal vil­lage’s kids’ choir on there, too – an­other Oli brain­wave. It re­minded me of Pink Floyd [An­other Brick In The Wall] or [Jay-z’s An­niesam­pling Hard Knock Life] ‘It’s a hard knock life.’” 10 fresh bruises “This is an­other in­ter­lude. There’s not re­ally much to say about it other than it’s very dif­fer­ent for us.” 11 mother tongue “Vo­cal-wise it’s quite a big song. There’s a lit­tle bit of Por­tuguese in there, which is quite un­usual. It’s kind of a big, an­themic song. It’s prob­a­bly as close as we get to some­thing like Drown on this al­bum. It’s a love song, so it’s an emo­tional one.” 12 heavy metal [Fea­tur­ing Rahzel] “Rahzel is a beat­boxer from The Roots. We had this demo for ages, and the beat was so crazy and heavy it sounded like a beat­boxer. I was like, ‘If we got an ac­tual beat­boxer on it, that’d be sick.’ Back when the in­ter­net first be­came big, there was this vi­ral video on Limewire of him beat­box­ing, so we got in touch and he was up for it. The ti­tle is com­pletely ironic – a nod to how we’re com­pletely not heavy metal. There’s a lit­tle five-sec­ond clip at the end of the track that’s the heav­i­est we’ve sounded in years.” 13 i don’t know what to say “Oli wrote the lyrics about his friend Ai­dan. He was at our Teenage Can­cer Trust show at the Royal Al­bert Hall af­ter he’d re­cov­ered from can­cer, and Oli gave him a shoutout on­stage. But un­for­tu­nately the can­cer came back and Ai­dan passed away. This track is in his honour. He wrote this thing be­fore he died – like a poem, but not re­ally – and all the lyrics are taken from that. It’s a very per­sonal one for Oli, and it felt like an ap­pro­pri­ate way to end the al­bum.” bring me the hori­zon’s new al­bum amo is set for re­lease in early 2019. the band tour the uk in novem­ber – see the gig guide for in­for­ma­tion

“WE DON’T RE­ALLY KNOW WHAT WE ARE ANY MORE…” JOR­DAN FISH

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