Bring Me The Horizon
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Bring Me The Horizon‘s frontman, Oli Sykes is just another musician added to the list of people who have some thoughts on the state of the current scene.

According to Sykes, rap could almost be considered the new version of punk.

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In a recent interview with Music Week (per NME) the frontman has shared his thoughts on the genre, where he says that “rap is almost the new punk,” further going on to explain that “rock’s gone soft.”

“That’s why rappers are almost the new rock’n’roll or punk or whatever,” Sykes said. “Rock’s gone soft, it’s gone miserable and boring, there’s not really much exciting about it. So it’s important that we cross over, because we feel like we belong more in a place where people just like music and it’s not about how heavy it is.”

Sykes then continued on to discuss the band’s current sound, where he explained that while it’s a little more on the poppier side of things, it’s got more depth than some of the stuff you hear on the radio.

“Even if it’s a poppier song, it’s a million times more exciting than the shit you hear on the radio,” he added. “It’s emotional, it’s got depth, and it’s always going to grab you and make you feel something.”

This latest piece of news follows last week’s news that Bring Me The Horizon believes current rock bands should be stepping up their songwriting game if they want to do better on streaming platforms.

During their interview, Bring Me The Horizon’s keyboardist Jordan Fish shared that rock music may be having a hard time on streaming services “because it’s bad, generally.”

“In my opinion, it’s mostly shite,” he continues, explaining he doesn’t think most people writing rock songs are good writers. “I don’t love the music on Hot Hits UK but they are well-written songs and that’s something a lot of rock bands don’t appreciate. The craft of writing good songs is hard.”

Bring Me The Horizon tour dates

BMTH recently kicked off the First Love world tour, in support of their forthcoming album amo, which comes out this January via Sony/RCA Records.

They are bringing the run to North America in 2019 with support from Thrice and  the Fever 333.

Plus, the band are set to play the inaugural Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival with System Of A DownFoo Fighters, Disturbed and Bring Me The Horizon. The festival will span over the course of three days, May 17 to May 19, 2019, and it is slated to be held at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Check out the rest of Bring Me The Horizon’s tour dates below!

Remaining European dates:

11/29 – London, England @ Alexandra Palace
11/30 – London, England @ Alexandra Palace

North American dates (with Thrice and the Fever 333):

01/23/19 – Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium
01/25/19 – Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena
01/26/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
01/28/19 – Fairfax, VA @ Eaglebank Arena
01/29/19 – Manhattan, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

02/01/19 – Boston, MA @ Tsongas Center
02/02/19 – Montreal, QC @ Place Bell
02/04/19 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
02/05/19 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
02/06/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Armory
02/08/19 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
02/09/19 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
02/11/19 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
02/13/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
02/15/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
02/16/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint

Australian tour dates

04/10/19 – Brisbane, Australia @ Entertainment Centre
04/12/19 – Sydney, Australia @ Qudos Bank Arena
04/13/19 – Melbourne, Australia @ Rod Laver Arena