Oli Sykes On The Hardest Part Of Being British In Rock Scene
In a recent interview, Bring Me The Horizon’s frontman Oli Sykes talked about the difficulties they had with his bandmates and the challenging aspects of being a British rock band.
Bring Me The Horizon was formed in 2004 with lead vocalist Oliver Sykes, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, guitarist Lee Malia, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. Their debut album, ‘Count Your Blessings,’ was released in 2006, and even though it received mixed reviews, it still peaked at number 9 on the UK Rock & Metal Albums chart. Their fourth album ‘Sempiternal,’ released in 2013, helped them build a reputation in the metal scene.
However, it turns out that it wasn’t easy for them to prove themselves as a British band. While surviving in the fast-paced music industry is already challenging, things get even trickier considering the British bands’ groundbreaking legacy in rock history. Furthermore, the crowd’s negative reactions when a performance doesn’t meet their expectations can escalate, and the band was once even attacked during their live show.
During a recent interview with NME, the frontman of the band, Oli, talked about his bad stage experiences and revealed the challenges of being in a British band. Explaining how it was difficult to change people’s perception of them, especially as a British band, the singer stated that he still couldn’t believe that they managed to reverse the bad reactions they received from the audience and achieve success.
Oli, in his own words, said:
“I feel like it is really hard, as a British band especially, to change the public’s opinion on you. I genuinely still wonder how we managed to become a band that people finally respect.”
Bring Me The Horizon’s latest release was their album ‘Amo,’ which dropped on January 25, 2019. Prior to this, their previous works were the 2015 album ‘That’s The Spirit’ and the 2013 release ‘Sempiternal’. Recently, the band has gone back on stage and fans have high hopes for a new record.