Bring Me The Horizon Releases New EP “POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR”: Streaming
- British rock band Bring Me The Horizon released their fourth EP “POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR” on October 30, 2020.
The EP comprises of 9-track, featuring guest appearances from YUNGBLUD, Babymetal, Nova Twins and Amy Lee.
“POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR” is part of a four EP project. Other EPs will be released next year which when combined would make an album.
“They'll each be totally different with their own sound and mood," frontman Oliver Sykes said. “That's one thing we've never really done. There's often been an over-arching theme on our records, but the music has always felt like a collage. That's cool and I like it, but sometimes you want a soundtrack for a certain occasion and emotion.”
The band recorded the EP in their home studio and worked with co-producer Mick Gordon.
He shared on social media, “recording this ep in the midst of a pandemic has been the most creatively exciting experience we've had as a band in a while, going back to basics, learning how to adapt and be resourceful.”
Oliver Sykes explained track by track for the EP below.
“Parasite Eve” (via NME)
“We'd heard about the pandemic in China, but then the similarities between what we were writing about started to become closer to reality. Every time there was a news story about it, we'd turn to each other and say “Parasite Eve,” not realising the magnitude of it all. We shelved the song for a bit because it felt bit too close to the bone. After sitting on it for a while, we realised that this was a reason to release it now more than ever. In our music, we've always wanted to escape, but there's been too much escapism and ignoring the problems in the world. It's not what the world needs. The world needs more and needs to think about it and remember. You can't just brush over it and expect life to go back to normal, because it fucking ain't. In so many ways, we need to change. That's what rock music is about—addressing the dark side and processing it. This is a moment we all knew was coming one day, but maybe not in our lifetime. Look at the Black Lives Matter protests too. It felt like we were making progress and people were standing up to injustice, but maybe we got too complacent because it's still happening. It's time to be pissed off. It's not the time to say, “These days shall pass” and “Everything will be okay,” because it won't fucking be okay unless we fucking do something about it.”
“Teardrops” (via BBC Radio 1)
“Tech addiction is so normal for us these days. We're addicted to our phones, addicted to our computers, to media, the news. We wake up in the morning, and no one says “You shouldn't check your phone first thing in the morning, and just look at bad news or social media.” No one tells us that. That's like inviting thousands of chatty strangers to your bedroom at like 7:05. We're all in the same boat, so no one really likes talking about it. But the mental impact of the way we're living now, the way our society is, I don't think we've really seen the after effects or the repercussions of that and I think we will soon.
This song is about how our moral compass is a little bit skewed because we're so numb to the bad news every single day and it's hard to know what we should actually do about that. I think it's very dangerous because when we hear these stories of oppression, tragedies or whatever. It's like: Do I scream? Do I shout? Do I tell someone? Do I fight about it or do I sit down? We're losing our touch with how to react to this stuff. I mean, I'm feeling that as a 33 year old man. You have kids, who, for them it's completely acceptable and normal to live how we're living right now. I don't know how to deal with that.”
“Obey” (via Forbes)
“It was written in April, May, of this year, and it was very much inspired by everything that's going on, and very much from the side of the oppressor. I think everyone has been stopped in their tracks, and I think a lot of people are realizing that maybe the people in charge aren't looking out for our best interest. The way that we're fed traumatic and devastating news on a daily basis, I think the powers that be or whatever you want to call them, they've gotten very good at getting us desensitized to this information, and we have been sleepwalking for a while where we know all this horrible stuff is going on, but we didn't do anything about it.”
“Kingslayer” (via NME)
“We wanted to do something with them for ages. We've got a really special connection with them, even though we don't speak the same language. We don't hang out or have conversations, but when you see them, it makes you really happy. They work so well with the whole idea of this record being cyber-punk-y. It sounds like an anime TV trailer.”
“1x1” (via NME)
“[The song addresses] the guilt that we as a society carry for what we've done to other species and ethnicities and other genders.”
“Ludens” (via NME)
“It doesn't sound like anything off [2019's] amo, but it doesn't sound like anything off any of our records. It hits a different tone. We had to write it in five days. We've been talking about this with Sony and Kojima for quite a while. I was really excited because I loved Metal Gear Solid and Kojima is just my favourite developer, he's a legend. All of the legal shit was going on to the point where we like, “This isn't going to happen.” Then we got a call from the manager and he was like, “Yeah, it's happening, but we need it within a week.” We were like, “We haven't written anything yet! Can we have an extension or send them a demo as a placeholder,” and they were like, “If you don't deliver the song on Saturday at one pm then it won't get used.” We were on tour around Eastern Europe at the time, Lee [Malia, guitarist] wasn't there because he'd just had a kid, so it was just me, Jordan [Fish, keyboardist] and his laptop. I was like, “We either try and fail or we just leave it,” because I really wanted to do it. We were like, “Oh fuck it, let's have a go.” We set up a studio in hotel rooms every day and churned this song out. It was fucking mental, to be honest. I didn't even know where to start. I was like, “What the fuck am I going to sing about?”
I wanted it to be connected to the video game, but I didn't want to sing directly about that. I looked at Kojima's whole ethos, went on his website, and as it was loading it came up with this thing that said, “We're not homosapiens, we're homoludens.” It's Latin for player and it's all about how he believes that our creativity is our greatest asset and the biggest hope for mankind. It said something along the lines that even if all the flowers die and the world is at an endpoint, there would still be hope if there were humans on the planet because we find ways to adapt.
We invent, we create, and even though we do all of these awful things, we also do all of these incredible things.”
“One Day the Only Butterflies Left Will Be in Your Chest as You March Towards Your Death” (via NME)
“The idea of that song is that I'm mankind, Amy is Mother Nature and it felt like the perfect thing to have the mother of rock singing it. It's saying, “This is the end of our world, so we need to try and find a new one.” [POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR] ends in a hopeful way. We hope that it will make people want to do something.”
- source : NME