Inspired by Wild Wild Country, Oli Sykes is convinced we’re “quite tribal people”

September 25, 2018

Bring Me The Horizon‘s frontman Oli Sykes has unveiled how the lyrics and music video for the band’s latest song ‘Mantra’ emerged. The track is featured on the group’s upcoming new album, Amo.

In a new interview with NME, Sykes shared how he came up with the lyrics for ‘Mantra’. While watching Netflix, the singer was flicking through the channels and came across Wild Wild Country. The captivating documentary revealed the story of a man named Osho making a long journey from India to America, aiming to start a cult.

“As I was watching it and trying to write these lyrics, I was getting all of these similarities into how starting a cult is like starting a relationship or starting a marriage,” Sykes commented. “You’ve got to give yourself over to a person and trust them and love them unconditionally. Whatever they say goes and you have to have this blind faith towards them. You might have to give up your whole life to be with them.”

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Despite living in the XXI century, people are still “quite tribal’, Sykes believes. They still “want to belong to a cult” and “believe in someone”. Then when things get too overwhelming, “they don’t want to admit that it’s wrong because it doesn’t agree with what they initially said.”

This theme is reflected in Bring Me The Horizon’s music video for ‘Mantra’ as well. In the video, Sykes’ character is “depressed, disillusioned and brainwashed from watching TV and doing nothing with his life,” the singer explains. “He decides to start this cult which does a lot better than he expected and gets out of hand until the rest of the world is in it.”

The new album, Amo, will be out on January 11, 2019. We can’t wait to hear more new songs from Bring Me The Horizon. And you? What do you expect from the rest of Amo album? What do you think of’Mantra’?

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