When Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow uttered ‘bring me that horizon’ in Pirates of the Caribbean, little did he realise that this very line would transform the lives of five Sheffield teenagers.
For Ollie Sykes, Lee Malia, Matt Kean, Matt Nichols and Jordan Fish, Captain Jack Sparrow had - albeit indirectly - brought them their horizon.
But theirs wasn’t one of sea and sky.
It was one of international stardom, critical acclaim, heavy metal, world tours and multi-million selling albums.
The five Stocksbridge High lads formed Bring Me the Horizon - now one of the biggest metal-core bands in the world.
And next week, the band releases their fourth studio album, Sempiternal, as frontman Ollie Sykes explains.
“It’s gone down really well,” he says. “It’s crazy really but we are really pleased with it because it’s the first time we’ve had a decent amount of time off to plan and work on an album properly. In the past we’ve recorded albums while we’ve also been doing a bit of this, that or the other. We’ve also been touring constantly for six years and that takes its toll. But with this we just took six or seven months out and used that opportunity to push ourselves even harder.”
Demand for Sempiternal started as early as two months before its April release date.
“It’s been so overwhelming - everybody has loved it so far.”
But the new album marks a departure from the band’s hard-edged sound.
“It is a huge step away from what we have done before. We wondered how our core fans would take to it but the comments have been so positive.”
The new album is - according to Sykes - a lot more melodic.
“I sing the melody as well in this album, which is a completely new thing for me so I’ve had to push myself.”
The subject matter of the album’s lyrics is centred on the band’s experiences. “But this changes as we get older,” says Sykes.
“I can listen to a song and know where I am or where I was in life. There has been an evolution of subject matter since we started out. When we first formed as a band we were just kids and we barely knew what we were doing. And then the second album was all about enjoying being in a band but now - for the first time - we feel like proper musicians.”
And while the partying, touring and excesses of rock and roll fed into the lyrics of the band’s sophomore, Suicide Season, it had its repercussions in their personal lives.
“Being in a band like this is the best job in the world but it is also quite dysfunctional. You travel in a bus 90 per cent of the time and wake up in a different city every day but that can be quite lonely. You spend every minute with the people you’re touring with so it’s not like you can talk about each other’s day in the evening. It’s tough when you’ve got a girlfriend back home as well. Life changes at home while yours just stands still. It’s hard to hold down a relationship when you’re on tour.
“You’re told what to do every night and then you get home and can’t work out what to do with yourself. At first it took a huge period of time to adjust.
“But now I know how to plan schedules better so that we don’t run ourselves into the ground.
The band will once again make Sheffield their horizon when they return from touring but for now, their sights are on Sempiternal, which is released on April 1.