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Lee Malia Says BMTH Have Always Been A Year Ahead Of Bands Who Just Copy What’s Cool

Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Lee Malia shares his thoughts on being leaders of the pack

Whatever you think of Bring Me The Horizon, you cannot say they’ve never pushed boundaries or thought outside of every single box placed around them. 2013’s Sempiternal album rewrote what it meant to be a metal band, showing what was possible, and since then with That’s The Spirit in 2015 and amo last month, BMTH have switched it up again and again.

In a recent interview with MusicRadar, Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Lee Malia has spoken about the band’s evolution and why they’ll always be one step ahead of the scene.

Even when we were in the MySpace scene, and on the Warped Tour, and that whole metalcore scene, we knew for the next CD we didn’t want to do [the same thing again],” he says. Even when we did There Is A Hell… we knew we wanted to go a bit more experimental. We have never been too attached to the scene that we are in. As we got older, we realised that songs don’t have to have 100 parts, with every single sound you could make. You learn more. It’s ageing. We grew up, but we were doing it through albums.”

I think we’ve been ahead of some of the other bands. To Oli’s credit, he’s quite good at that. He has ideas before anyone else; he’ll come up with something and you’ll think that sounds like it’s just going to be mental, like having a choir all chopped up on a CD, but then we did that and then everyone started having choirs on their CDs, the whole metalcore scene – but a year later than us. Do you know what I mean? Or having strings. Even though, of course, Metallica did it years before, we modernised it.

I always think we have been a year ahead of bands who are kind of just seeing what’s cool and then copying it. I think we always thought ahead, and thought about what we were doing, rather than just doing the same thing again. We’ve always thought what we could do next to make it better.”

Reinventing their sound time and time again, Bring Me The Horizon achieved their first-ever UK number one album last month with amo. 

To celebrate such a landmark moment for the band, they’re headlining All Points East in London on May 31 alongside Architects, While She Sleeps, Run The Jewels, Idles and more. Get your tickets now.

The line-up for All Points East 2019
Posted on February 22nd 2019, 10:36a.m.
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