Can you be a metal band without actually listening to metal? Apparently, such questions are facing British metalcore act Bring Me The Horizon, who are currently on tour in Europe with heavy juggernauts Machine Head.
According to Blabbermouth.net, the band had the following comments to make when describing their own relationship with metal in an interview with Swedish website Metalshrine, when asked if they might be going in a new direction on their next record:
Lee Malia (Guitarist): Definitely! As we get older None of us really listens to metal anymore. Everyone's into way different stuff, which helps us write. I don't know, as you get older you don't really wanna be jumping about on stage. (laughs)
Matt Nicholls (Drums): We're surrounded by metal music every day on tour, so the last thing we wanna do is go and sit down and listen to a metal CD.
It has been an eventful couple of months for Bring Me The Horizon, who are currently touring their third record There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret.
Back in October, the band was embroiled in an onstage brawl with hecklers who rushed the stage at a Salt Lake City show. Later on in the tour, at a stop in Helsinki, both front man Oly Skyes and guitarist Jona Weinhoffen were accused of assaulting a female audience member who rushed the stage.
Given the eventfulness of the tour, it's perhaps unsurprising that the band doesn't get to write much material on the road, as Malia suggests:
Lee: Since we tour so much, we can't really write when we're touring, and we're away all the time, so last time we had three months off just to write a CD. We got off tour and went straight into writing and just wrote for three months and then recorded the CD. Usually we work like that, but the coming CD is different. After this tour, we've got nothing planned so we'll start writing in February or something. We'll have a few months to do nothing, because we've been touring pretty full on the last year. There's time to just be chillin' and come February we need to get back into it and start writing.