Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes said in a new interview with NME that the writing process for the band’s new album, Amo, served as therapy for him following his split with his then-wife in 2016.
Sykes explained, “I really didn’t wanna talk about it, ’cause I don’t want it to seem like I care, or I didn’t wanna dredge up the past. I didn’t wanna give the person the ‘glory’ of writing stuff about that person and s**t like that.”
Sykes added, “But, after a while, it just became apparent that I kind of needed to — I needed to get it out of my system. It wasn’t the fact that I was still miserable or anything like that — I was fine — but at the same time, when you go through something traumatic, you carry a lot of stuff with you after it — a lot of mental baggage, a lot of things.”
The singer also stated that “not all” of Amo is about his divorce, remarking, “There’s good stuff, there’s bad stuff, there’s weird stuff. It’s kind of more almost like a thinking piece on love and how it can affect you — not just you, but other people too.” Sykes described the new disc as “a lot more experimental” than 2015’s That’s The Spirit.
Amo will be released on January 11th, 2019, with Bring Me The Horizon kicking off a tour on January 23rd in Nashville. The band has just shared a video for the first single, “Mantra.”