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Bring Me The Horizon radio-friendly music is no sell-out says Oli Sykes

Oli Sykes argues that Bring Me The Horizon’s new radio-friendly sound isn’t selling out - because that’s the music they always wanted to make

Oli Sykes insists that Bring Me The Horizon’s recent move towards a radio-friendly sound isn’t a case of the band selling out.

That’s because they’re making the kind of music they always wanted to make.

BMTH released fifth album That’s The Spirit in September. It hit number one on rock charts across the world, and narrowly missed out on topping the UK’s mainstream chart.

Sykes tells BBC Radio 1: “We always wanted to be the catchiest, heaviest band. It wasn’t intentional to become an A-list radio band. It was just the music we like.

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“We like pop music. We like catchy songs. But we also like heavy songs. None of it feels forced – none of it feels like we’re selling out. It’s real, and it’s good.”

He adds: “That’s why people from the scene still respect us, and new people are getting into it – it doesn’t feel like something we’re doing for any other reason than because we love it.”

BMTH keyboardist Jordan Fish recently said the band were considering an orchestra tour. They remain on the road until November.

From the archive

Bring Me The Horizon 2016 tour dates

Jun 08-11: Interlaken Greenfield Festival, Switzerland
Jun 12: Landgraaf Pinpop Festival, Netherlands
Jun 15: Prague Aerodrome Festival, Czech Republic
Jun 17-19: Clisson Hellfest, France
Jun 23-25: Montebello Amnesia Rockfest, QC
Jun 25-Jul 02: Roskilde Festival, Denmark
Jun 30-Jul 02: Norrkoping Bravalla Festival, Sweden
Jun 30-Jul 02: Seinajoki Provinssi Rock Festival, Finland
Jul 01: Rotselaar Rock Werchter, Belgium
Jul 07-09: Viveiro Resurrection Fest, Spain
Jul 13-16: Tonsberg Slottsfjell, Norway
Jul 14-16: Kostrzyn Woodstock Festival, Poland
Aug 10-17:Budapest Sziget Fesztival, Hungary
Sep 14: Perth HBF Stadium, Australia
Sep 16: Brisbane Riverstage, Australia
Sep 17: Sydney Hordern Pavilion, Australia
Sep 20: Adelaide AEC Theatre, Australia
Sep 22: Melbourne Margaret Court Arena, Australia
Sep 25: Auckland Logan Campbell Centre, New Zealand
Oct 31: Greenwich O2 Arena, UK
Nov 02: Nottingham Capital FM Arena, UK
Nov 04: Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, UK
Nov 05: London O2 Arena, UK
Nov 06: Sheffield Arena, UK
Nov 08: Manchester Arena, UK
Nov 09: Glasgow SSE Hydro, UK

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