Bring Me The Horizon is one of the few rock acts that has had success with streaming services, with the band’s current single “Mantra” generating more than 21 million streams to date. But many other rock artists have struggled, and during an interview with Music Week Bring Me The Horizon singer Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish addressed what they see as the main issue: songwriting.
Fish stated bluntly, “It’s bad, generally. In my opinion, it’s mostly shite. The people who are writing the songs aren’t good enough songwriters. I don’t love the music on Hot Hits U.K., but they are well-written songs, something a lot of rock bands don’t appreciate. The craft of writing good songs is hard.”
Sykes added, “Any of these bands could write a big song, but it means they’re just going to have to be so honest with themselves that it hurts . . . 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 in a rock band is that you do write your own music.”
The singer remarked that it’s not “very rock” for bands to get outside songwriters to compose their material, saying, “A lot of our contemporaries now just have people straight-up writing songs for them. I find that bonkers.”
Bring Me The Horizon’s new album Amo is due out January 25th and the band will kick off a North American tour on January 23rd in Nashville. “Mantra” is currently Number Eight on the rock radio chart.