Bring Me The Horizon aren’t strangers to criticizing others on their songwriting. And keyboardist Jordan Fish says, “The people who are writing the songs aren’t good enough songwriters.” The band mentioned that this directly affects their performance on streaming platforms.

While Bring Me The Horizon average around 4 million monthly listeners on Spotify, many other rock acts are struggling. In 2015, Bring Me The Horizon signed to Columbia Records and released their last album, That’s The Spirit. The album did very well on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms. “Mantra,” the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album, amo, has over 21.4 million streams to date.

In a new interview with Music Week, Fish cites that rock bands are having a hard time on streaming platforms “because it’s bad, generally.” He continues to say, “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.”

Frontman Oli Sykes agrees, saying, “Any of these bands could write a big song but it means they’re just going to have to keep going and be so honest with themselves that it hurts. The amount of times you have to turn around and go, ‘This is dogshit’ when you’ve been working on it for six days… We could have half-written all these songs and then gone to see a producer, hoping he was going to sort them out. But one of the important things about being a rock band is that you do write your own music.”

“It’s not a very rock thing to have people writing your songs or your lyrics for you,” Sykes added. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a little bit of help, or some outside perspective, but a lot of our contemporaries now just have people straight-up writing songs for them. I find that bonkers.”

Matt Ash also stated that Bring Me The Horizon’s unique sound and collaborations with Grimes, Dani Filth, and beatboxer Rahzel have helped them stand out on streaming services.

Bring Me The Horizon will be releasing amo on January 25 via Sony/RCA. The album made our “albums to look forward to in 2019” list. In support of the album, the band kicked off the First Love World Tour. They bring the tour to North America with Thrice and the Fever 333.

Remaining EU Dates:

11/30 – London, England @ Alexandra Palace

North American Tour Dates (w/ Thrice, 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

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

Listen to “Mantra”: