“If you feel me, I need you to jump as high as you can,” Oli yelled to the crowd, mid-song. And not a single soul stood still. If you had shown me a video of that moment – confetti unleashed from the ceiling, an entire room full of bodies moving in unison – and told me this was Linkin Park in 2005, I’d have believed you. And in that moment, I felt nostalgia for a type of music – and an entire era – I didn’t realize I’d missed.
Bring Me The Horizon might have a way to go before their popularity in America reaches the heights of which they’ve worked so hard to achieve in the UK, but if that night in New York taught me anything, it’s that America is not far behind. BMTH are a force to be reckoned with – not for a nostalgic sound they’re bringing back, but for a brand new sound, for the raw, emotional connection they have with their fans, and for a new movement they’ll continue to forge for many years to come.
If that’s the legacy the 2000s have left us, consider this American music journalist fully on board.