Bring Me The Horizon - This Is Sempiternal
EXCLUSIVE! Extreme metallers talk new LP, performing in the snow &... turtles!
Sheffield based metalcore superstars Bring Me The Horizon are about to release their hugely awaited fourth album Sempiternal, and MTV caught up with the band to talk line-up changes, performing in the snow, and sandpit turtles.
How does new album Sempiternal compare to the last one, There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret?
Oliver Sykes (vocals) – "It’s an evolution I think. It’s a huge step forward but we’ve not thrown away what we’ve done before – if anything we’ve taken the best bits of what we’ve done over our previous albums and put it all together, with the added dimension of Jordan now coming into the band."
Jordan Fish (keyboards and programming) seems to have had a lot of input on the new album and is now a full time member, how has he altered the way work you as a band?
OS - "At first Jordan came in almost as a freelancer just to do some stuff, but as we went on him being there became a kind of turning point for the album and helped form how it sounds. It made it easier having another person to write with and bounce things off, and suddenly we could do all these things we wanted to do but didn’t have the technical knowledge to do before."
Jordan Fish – "We had a lot in common musically and it just worked even better than we thought it would."
OS – "We discovered that even if we weren’t always into the same bands, we still buzzed off the same aspects of music, so I was very comfortable just letting him get on with what he does – which is unusual for me as I’m generally very controlling. It was a big weight off me compared to previous records."
JF – "Also if one of the guys had an idea usually I’d get what they were thinking of straight away so things weren’t getting lost in translation – which meant if an idea was good we got to use it."
Jordan - was there a point where you felt you’d moved from just being ‘a freelancer’ to become more integral to the band?
JF – "In my head I felt part of the project, but I didn’t want to say incase the others weren’t feeling the same way! But then we started talking about me doing some live stuff with the band and it started becoming so obvious that people began making jokes about it."
Lee Malia (guitar) - "It got to the point where we couldn’t imagine writing without Jordan and it was just obvious we needed him the band."
Matt Nicholls (drums) – "Because there was so much electronics on the record we wanted to make sure we could recreate that live, and we didn’t want to just use backing tracks."
OS – "Having Jordan in the band has enabled us to reach a new level now we’ve managed to crack using electronics. It also means that we’ve managed to rework our older tracks with which keeps it really fresh for us.
"We’ve been playing some of them for five years now but now they feel completely new to us – we’ve not changed them just added more depth."
Your last album featured guests including Lights, Josh Franceschi of You Me at Six and Skrillex - do any other artists feature on Sempiternal?
OS – "Our friends (Swedish post-rockers) Immanu el do some ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ but there’s no real outside guests on this album. It was a conscious thing not to have other people this time, just because we’ve done it so much on the last couple of albums. It was great having guests on but we didn’t want it to be a gimmick – this time we wanted it to just be BMTH."
The album’s first single Shadow Moses came with a video which sees you performing in the middle of a snowstorm – were conditions as brutal as they looked?
MN – "We filmed it on an island in North Germany. It was 8 in the morning, minus 12 degrees – it was mental conditions."
JF – "It was pretty traumatic."
Matt Kean (bass) – "We were trying our best not to look cold – even though we were freezing! After every take we just ran into the van and tried to thaw out."
JF – "Eventually you just give up trying to get warm because you know you’d just have to go back out there and in five seconds you’d be freezing again."
LM – "It didn’t feel like we were in Germany, it was more like the North Pole!"
Shadow Moses features the line ‘This is Sempiternal’… which some people initially misheard as ‘This is Sandpit Turtle' - did you find that funny or just irritating?
OW – "This has gone all over the internet, it’s getting to the point where I might start singing that instead!"
MN – "Someone texted me it and I thought it was the funniest thing I’d ever heard, and then went to tell the guys they were all like… 'Yeah we know, everyone’s saying it!'"
MK – "Maybe we should just cash in and bring out our own line of Sandpit Turtle merchandise…"
Ideally where would you like the band to be in two year’s time?
OS – "It would be great to get to the point where we could play somewhere like the Royal Albert Hall, somewhere a bit different, with a full orchestra like (Metallica live album) S&M. Something like that might be a bit ambitious but it would be a great way to cap things off.
"Hopefully the album will have been received well and we will have had a real good time touring and no one’s dead. No big heroin overdoses or anything like that.
"Not, that is, that anyone’s a heroin addict, just to make that clear!"
Gavin Cullen @mtvuknews
Sempiternal is released on 01 April 2013 on RCA