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Oli Sykes of Bring Me the Horizon shares details about parting ways with Jordan Fish

Author Benedetta Baldin - 3.6.2024

The unexpected news that keyboardist Jordan Fish was leaving Bring Me the Horizon was revealed towards the end of 2023. Both parties used social media to inform supporters of the move, and their remarks came across as rather cordial. However, frontman Oli Sykes claimed that the narrative was not as simple as it seemed. The statement at that time was:

Bring Me The Horizon has decided to part ways with Jordan Fish. We want to thank him for the musical journey he took with us and wish him luck with everything in the future. Meanwhile we continue to work on Nex Gen, with brand new music coming very soon. See you on our UK tour in January.

But after “Post Human: NeX GEn” was released last week, Sykes just spoke with Revolver and revealed specifics about the separation. The band’s former member is given credit for several tracks on the full-length album. Sykes stated that the band’s choice to split up was essential to its survival. Sykes stated that Bring Me the Horizon gradually started depending on computerized songwriting techniques rather than really playing their instruments in the studio, pointing out that the primary problem originated from the way he and Fish would write music toward the conclusion of their tenure as bandmates. Sadly, the rest of the band was left behind when he and Fish collaborated.

The main reason it was delayed is because of personal reasons within the band, and it was directly connected to Jordan leaving. Things weren’t good last year, as a unit, and the writing suffered because of that. It slowed down to a halt. Me and Jordan were like a force. We turned into the ‘Oli and Jordan Show’ without really realizing it. Ever since I got out of rehab, just before Sempiternal, I really had to throw myself into something, and I guess that was music. I became addicted to writing, and learning how to sing and produce. And Jordan was my partner in that kind of pursuit. We wrote all the time. I didn’t realize how much we pushed the other guys out. I’m not going to bullshit and say, ‘Oh, it was amicable and we all ended on good terms and stuff.’ End of day, it’s like any breakup… but there’s no juicy story or anything. There’s no headline there. At the same time, there’ll be some wounds on both sides that are going to take a bit longer to heal before [getting back] on communicating terms again. Oli Sykes

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You can catch the band on tour:

June 8 – Mystic Festival – Gdansk Stocznia, Poland
June 13 – Greenfield Festival – Interlaken, Switzerland
June 14 – Rock For The People Festival – Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
June 16 – Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Austria
June 17 – Budapest Park – Budapest, Hungary
June 21 – Southside Festival – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany
June 22 – Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
June 23 – Hurricane Festival – Eichenring / Scheessel, Germany
June 27 – Resurrection Fest – Viveiro, Lugo, Spain
June 28 – Provinssi – Seinäjoki, Finland
June 29 – Tuska – Helsinki, Finland
July 1 – Stockholm Fields – Stockholm, Sweden
July 4 – Festival Beauregard – Hérouville-Saint-Clair, France
July 5 – Main Square – Arras, France
July 7 – I-Days – Milan, Italy
July 13 – Mad Cool Festival – Madrid, Spain
July 19 – Electric Castle – Cluj, Romania
July 24 – Ejekt Festival, Oaka P5 – Athens, Greece
July 26 – Hills Of Rock – Plovdiv, Bulgaria
August 17 – Summer Sonic – Osaka, Japan
August 18 – Summer Sonic – Tokyo, Japan
November 30 – Allianz Parque – São Paulo, Brazil