Bring Me The Horizon Updates Mid-2000s Emo/Punk with Anthemic New Song “sTraNgeRs”; Tour This Fall

Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

Bring Me The Horizon has gone through a transformative few years, the English band breaking out from the heavy metal/screamo world into something more palatable to wider audiences — while still finding a way to emphasize its darkness, edge, and dynamic lead vocals from Oli Sykes.

The latest example of this dramatic shift is “sTraNgeRs,” which debuted on Wednesday. Pairing an emo-styled pop-punk structure with a soaring chorus and lyrics about mental health and internal struggles, it’s an example of the group taking what’s been done before (in this case, the Warped Tour scene of the mid-2000s) and updating it with that BMTH energy:

Said Sykes of the track in a statement:

“The song came out of a long writing trip in LA, and as soon as the lyric ‘we’re just a room full of strangers’ came it took on such a deeper double meaning – how it would feel to be performing it live as that’s what it is.. all strangers connecting on this mad level.. and that it was like rehab.. Coming out of lockdown and the pandemic, everyone is recovering from something and I’m so aware that so many people struggle daily with differing traumas, and just wanted to stress that they’re not in this alone… and we’re a community here to help each other.”

For those unfamiliar with the path Bring Me the Horizon has taken, the band first began as a “death metal” outfit before refining its sound, first to a more traditional “hard-rock/screamo” direction before shifting to where it is today — a diverse, risk-taking ensemble that releases collaborations with Ed Sheeran:

The group has been working on new music for a while, which, when released, will follow 2019’s full-length amo and a 2020 release called Post Human: Survival Horror.

No doubt ready to unleash this new material to fans in sets alongside some of its earlier material, Bring Me The Horizon mapped out a headlining North American tour for the fall:

~ w/ Knocked Loose, grandson, siiickbrain
* not a Live Nation produced show

Sep 22 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival *
Sep 24 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center ~
Sep 25 – West Springfield, MA – The Big E Arena ~*
Sep 27 – Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre ~
Sep 28 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium ~
Sep 30 – Orlando, FL – Addition Financial Arena ~
Oct 01 – New Orleans, LA – Emo Nite New Orleans Vacation ~*
Oct 03 – Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall ~
Oct 06 – Los Angeles, CA – The Kia Forum ~
Oct 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre ~
Oct 09 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival*
Oct 12 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory ~|
Oct 14 – Chicago, IL – Wintrust Arena ~
Oct 15 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre ~
Oct 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – UPMC Events Center ~
Oct 18 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ~
Oct 20 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium ~
Oct 22 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival
Oct 23 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival
Oct 29 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival

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