«Sometimes we’re just too scared to face our emotions», Sykes says about the video’s message
Since Friday, Bring Me The Horizon had been teasing the new clip for ‘In The Dark’. Now the band has debuted their emotional new video featuring ‘Black Panther’ actor (see it below).
For BMTH frontman Oli Sykes the video is of special importance: ‘In The Dark’ is the first music video he has directed by himself. So in the clip, we don’t see the singer himself: his lyrics are articulated by the Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker.
Who is Forest Whitaker? You might know the actor by his roles in Black Panther, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Platoon, The Last King Of Scotland, and TV series, The Shield (via AltPress).
Musically, ‘In The Dark’ is one of Bring Me The Horizon’s lightest songs, it’s rather on the pop-rock side. However, on the lyrical side it addresses a sensitive topic of grief. The band believes that «we all try to ignore» the need to grieve but it’s important to let yourself do so. The lyrics start with a describing a feeling of «free fall» you have while grieving:
Oh, I’ve done it again
Dug a little deep, and it’s all caved in
Now I free fall in a black hole
I know I’m getting warm ’cause I feel so cold
“I guess it’s meant to be a representation of the grieving process,” Sykes shared on NME. “It’s a visual metaphor for what the song is talking about. When it comes to the grieving process, we all try to ignore that feeling–but it’s important to grieve. Even if something’s happened for the best, you need to take that moment to feel something. Some people lose a whole world to grief sometimes, while others just don’t grieve. Sometimes we’re just too scared to face our emotions.”
Watch the video for ‘In The Dark’, featuring the ‘Black Panther’ actor below.
As for touring, Bring Me The Horizon are currently giving the remaining shows of the tour in the U.S. with Poppy and Sleeping With Sirens. On Nov 13 the group is heading to Thailand, followed by Japan. Then the guys will take a holiday break and be back on the road in Europe, kicking off on Feb 6 with a couple of shows in Russia.