There are so many tours that we would love to see come to Australia, and The American Dream Tour with Bring Me The Horizon and Of Mice & Men is definitely one show we would love to see. Artist Direct caught up with lead singers Oli Sykes and Austin Carlile and talked about the similarities between the two bands!
What do you see in common between the two bands? Even though you both sound different, there’s definitely some shared ground.
Oli Sykes:Something I noticed personally involves the kinds of fans we have and how they react to the music. There’s a certain relationship that they have to our music. We’re two different-sounding bands. You’re right in saying that. We have different messages. It’s very different, but it connects with the listeners in the same way. We have very passionate fans. A lot of fans share the same problems and shit they deal with. They find a bit of understanding in our music. I think that’s something that connects our bands together.
Austin Carlile:I agree too. It’s the same core base. We have a lot of similarities in that as well. Musically, I don’t see that much of a similarity, especially in the respect of the new album and where our latest material branches off too. I think we’re just two solid young rock bands. I think it’s going to be a good year for the both of us.
Is it cathartic to be so honest in your music or is it emotionally draining? What effect does the process have on you?
Oli Sykes:If you experience it, you can get everything out of your head and into a song. That’s definitely a form of therapy for me. When you’re singing, there’s no consequence to what you’re saying. There’s no point in lying. It’s all out, and it’s honest.
Austin Carlile:I agree. I’ve felt the same thing especially with our newer music we’re doing. It’s easier to put it in there than to keep it inside for me. I’d rather sing about it every night. I’d rather sing about something that’s meaningful to me and I actually wrote because I went through it and experienced it. I’m not talking about something completely left-field that has nothing to do with my actual life. It keeps music that much more fun and relative to me. You’re doing it when everything’s real. You’re not lying about it. If you are, you’re just lying to yourself because you’re the one who’s up there singing it every night.
Both bands balance the melodic and heavy. Is that something delicate?
Oli Sykes:It’s just about making music you want to listen to. That’s the balance. We’re people who listen to heavy music but also people who listen to music outside of metal growing up. For both of our bands, it’s about making music we want to listen to. That’s the sound. It’s not about going, “We need to tone this heavy bit down or make this part heavier”. It’s quite simple in that respect.
Austin Carlile:We want to write good songs and things we like listening to. It’s music that sounds like what we used to listen to, and we just go for it.
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