Back in 2019, Bring me the horizon revealed their plan for a four-EP series titled Post Human that would roll out over the course of a year. And while Post Human: Survival Horror arrived to solid fanfare and will return in October 2020, the second EP in the series has yet to arrive, despite the band releasing music over the past year. So what gives? Bring me the horizon Oli Sykes Narrator NME to Post Human series is “still the plan,” and he elaborates on why things have taken longer than expected to continue their musical vision.
For those who keep track, the band in the first place teased plans to ditch the album formatmaybe not at all when you first advertise Post Human series. But within just a few months of the release of the first part, keyboardist Jordan fish explained, being on a good creative roll kept them from releasing the four EPs in a calendar year.
In September 2021, the band appeared to be closing in on the second release in the series when they served up the single “Die4U“, with Fish confirming in December 2021 that the second offer would be more influenced by emo and screamo.” Then, back in May of this year, Sykes once again whetted fans’ appetites for their next installment with debuts with the song “Strangers” during a DJ set at the Malta Weekender festival.
Now giving an update on the next installment in their series, Sykes reveals insight into why it’s taken so long. He tells NME: “It’s almost like we’ve been left behind; now the world is back on track, between other commitments such as families, children and even my own [Drop Dead clothing] mark, it’s just a matter of finding the time.”
He added another reason that should be of interest to fans of the band. “We’re messing with it, but I think we also feel like the bar is set so high for us. I feel like we’re doing pretty incredible [live] set now and any song we write now has to be good enough to justify its place in the set list,” reveals Sykes.
He elaborates: “I am also so against making music for the sake of consumption. I feel like so many artists just put out a song or do a collab just to make money. I just feel like there aren’t a lot of iconic songs anymore, songs where it’s clear a lot has gone into them. maybe [Bring Me the Horizon] should make it a little more like, “Let’s get some damn music out and make some money.” But you know, it’s just not in my heart to do that.”
He added: “I’d rather spend three months working on a song than release something special; this isn’t a case of writers’ block, we’re just taking our time with it and making sure we’re doing something different, which becomes increasingly difficult as your catalog grows.”
So at least that’s encouraging for fans patiently waiting. It seems Bring Me the Horizon isn’t rushing the music just to stay in the cycle, but rather putting their focus on bringing something they feel is real quality, with the chance to be great for music listeners.
Although no firm release date has been set, “Die4U” and “Strangers” have given the band a solid footing as they prepare for their next musical installment in the series.
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