In this month’s Afterword Claire Fox chats to Matt Kean of Bring Me The Horizon
- You recorded your latest album That’s The Spirit in Greece, do you feel the setting influenced the sound of the record?
We had it all demoed before we went out there, so it didn’t really affect the writing but yeah the setting was really good for us in terms of recording it because it gave us time to chill and it was a really nice place to hang out. It made the process a whole lot easier because we get distracted pretty quickly. We generally prefer the quieter settings because they help us focus, which is something we have to force ourselves to do as a group.
- Some of the lyrics in the album are quite inspirational, such as in ‘Throne’ where you sing ‘Every wound will shape me, every scar will build my throne”, is this something you set out to do with this album?
Yeah, as you become older you become more philosophical and more mature. There’s some life lessons in there as well. We are more sure of ourselves, we’ve been together for like 11 years now and we’ve playing together for so long so the music is getting better, so that’s where the lyrics sprung from really.
- Your performances in the early days were heavily fuelled by alcohol abuse and treacherous stage antics, why do you think you were like this as a band?
We were like 17 and 18 years old when we started and we also had people who didn’t like us as well. We were at this teenage, rebellious stage, so everything kind of snowballed and snowballed, but it helped us get to where we are now and we can look back on it and realise how much we’ve grown.
- Your new album is undoubtedly more mainstream than previous works, was this a conscious decision for you to appeal to a wider audience?
Not really. Whenever we write an album we just go write and see what comes out, it’s all very mellow. We’ve always been influenced by a lot of things. There’s a lot of musical genres that we refer to. We are just better at making the changes a bit more obvious now than we used to be. When I was growing up my dad listened to a lot of David Bowie. It wasn’t a conscious decision for us. At the end of the day it’s just the music we’ve always been influenced by and it changes a lot.
- What are your ambitions as group and what do you hope to achieve with That’s The Spirit?
We just go from day to day we don’t really have ambitions as a band. We don’t expect certain things to happen so we are never disappointed. If anything we just get surprised when certain things happen, like the first time we got a booking agent. We think that’s the best approach that’s worked for us in the past and continue to go by it. Like when we played Wembley we never believed it would happen so it was crazy for us.
- As you said you’ve been together for over 11 years has friendship played a part in your success as a band?
Yeah definitely. At the moment we are in the best place we’ve ever been in as a band. We are lucky we get on and are stronger than ever. Sometimes I hear of bands who tour and don’t even talk to each other outside of the shows which is something I just don’t understand. We love touring. Wembley was awesome for us and we’d love to play there again. It’s our 13th time touring in the US as well which is just crazy and hope to get back to Ireland soon too because it’s been over two years since we came.