Bring Me The Horizon have opened up about their future plans, revealing that they may never again release a studio album in the traditional sense.
Earlier this year, English rock outfit Bring Me The Horizon released their sixth album, amo. A major success, the collection of tracks scored widespread critical acclaim and found itself topping charts around the world, including in Australia.
Since then, the band have teased new music, and even recently dropped the track ‘Ludens’, from the soundtrack to the video game Death Stranding: Timefall.
However, if you’re holding out hope for another new album, the band have some bad news for you, revealing that they may never again choose to release music in such a manner, choosing instead to experiment with other methods instead.
Speaking to NME about the release of ‘Ludens’, frontman Oli Sykes explained that the new single is the first taster of their next phase, but denounced the notion of ever releasing an album again.
“We’ve got plans, definitely,” Sykes explained. “‘Ludens’ will be the first song you hear from the new record. We’re not going to do an album again, maybe ever.
“We’re thinking about doing shorter records. I don’t want to say we’re going to do something and not live up to it, but the plan is to release multiple records next year.”
“I’m really proud of amo, but it was such a fucking ballache to make,” he continued. “We spent a whole fucking year of our lives making that record. Part of me was like, ‘For what? We’re never going to get to play all of those songs’.
“You have to ration your creativity over all your songs. You write a really cool pop song then you have to write a heavy song to balance out, then you need to think about singles.”
Check out Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘Ludens’:
However, just because the band aren’t exactly planning on releasing new albums in the near future, Oli Sykes explained that it may open the door for more frequent music from the band, while giving them the chance to experiment with different genres.
“There’s all this shit you need to think about and how it’s going to sit on a 15 track album,” Sykes explained. “I don’t want to do that.
“When we wrote ‘Ludens’, it was crazy but it was fun. We just had to write one song and it just had to serve the video game. We didn’t have to write the biggest song in the world. I just love to sit and go, ‘Let’s just write a song and not worry about how it needs to be’.
“I like how our records go from super poppy to heavy then electronic, and next I’d like to make a bunch of records where each of them has a distinct vibe to it,” he concluded.
“It doesn’t have to be an emotional rollercoaster, you can say ‘I’m pissed off so I’ll listen to this one’ or go for something a little more sombre. There’s always a degree of compromise, but I’d love to write songs that are just the most obscure, electro-y.”
At this stage, it remains to be seen when Bring Me The Horizon might begin to experiment with this new approach to releasing music, but whatever the case, more music more often is certainly not something fans will complain about.