Bring Me The Horizon are sharing videos on the progress of their upcoming eighth album as they write and record it in self-isolation.
Posting on Instagram, frontman Oli Sykes told his followers that BMTH had been in the studio working on new material amid the coronavirus outbreak, though they “had to abandon everything” as the situation worsened in recent weeks.
“We’ve been isolating since & are all well.. so here’s our plan,” he continued, explaining that the group are now collaborating with their videographer Brian Cox, who has joined them in quarantine.
“We are going to continue to write at home & even record some songs, we have everything we need to create the new record,” Sykes said.
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✨hey world hope everyone is coping with the quarantine o.k, shit is upside down right now.. we were working on BMTH8 in the studio and obviously we had to abandon everything. We’ve been isolating since & are all well.. so here’s our plan. @jordanfish86 and our videographer @brian_c0x are travelling down to Sheffield to isolate with me, we are going to continue to write at home & even record some songs, we have everything we need to create the new record. & we want to involve you in the whole process- so from tonight, we will be sending constant updates of our progress, doing live chats and streams with you guys.. hopefully to bring a bit of joy & light to you guys in these dark times. Stay tuned, stay safe wash your hands & try & beat my face mask by @fabulousbeasts_ ✨ #isolationinnovation
Saying that he wanted “to involve [fans] in the whole process” of LP 8, Sykes revealed that Bring Me “will be sending constant updates of our progress, doing live chats and streams” with their followers.
“…Hopefully to bring a bit of joy & light to you guys in these dark times. Stay tuned, stay safe wash your hands & try & beat my face mask,” he concluded the post, which you can see above.
In the latest clip, titled ‘don’t breathe on me’, uploaded on Friday (March 27), Sykes is seen tracking vocals for the new project – their first since last year’s surprise ‘Music to listen to…’ EP – and at one point keyboardist Jordan Fish walks past him and simply says, “Take a photo of my car.”
In a TV address from inside 10 Downing Street, Johnson revealed that from Monday (March 23), citizens had to stay at home except to shop for food and medicine, for only one form of exercise per day, and to travel to and from essential workplaces.
Public gatherings of more than two people who do not live together will be prohibited, and the police have the power to shut down such gatherings, either through fines or forcibly dispersing gatherings. Shops selling non-essential goods are also set to be shut, following Johnson’s call for pubs, restaurants and bars to close over the weekend.
The BMTH8 project was announced last week in a video which began with the PM talking about the practice of social distancing. You can watch the videos above and keep up to date with the full series here.
Bring Me The Horizon told NME late last year that they may never release music in the album format again following their acclaimed 2019 LP ‘Amo‘. “We’re not going to do an album again, maybe ever,” Sykes said at the time.