Artist: Bring Me The Horizon
Area: Sheffield, UK
Date of Release: 03/01/19
Genre: Pop Rock
Reviewer: Matthew Bortolin
For Fans Of: Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Against The Current, All Time Low
‘Because I cut my teeth and bit my tongue,
'Til my mouth was dripping blood,
But I never dished the dirt, just held my breath,
While you dragged me through the mud.’
Okay, I think we need to address the elephant in the room. ‘medicine’ is a pop song, there is no denying that, and whilst it may be one of Bring Me The Horizon‘s most divisive releases to date, I think that it’s only fair that we go into it with an open mind. Now, let’s not pretend that this is a realm which Bring Me The Horizon haven’t dabbled in beforehand. There were some hugely pop-infused tunes to be found on their 2015 LP ‘That’s The Spirit’ such as ‘Follow You’ and ‘Oh No’, and if I’m going to be whole-heartedly honest here, I really didn’t mind those tracks. So, without further ado, let’s give ‘medicine’ a spin and see how it fairs within the discography of a band that have evolved so far from their original, brutal roots.
Lyrically, ‘medicine’ centres itself around the recent divorce between front man Oliver Sykes and his (now former) wife, who immediately expresses his relief of the matter with the opening lines “Some people are a lot like clouds, you know. ‘Cause life’s so much brighter when they go.” From a musical and a lyrical standpoint, the song continues to progress down a fairly straight-forward path with nothing that can be considered too ‘out-of-the-box’, but it’s enough to keep the listener engaged and curious to see how exactly the track will continue to develop.
Now, that chorus, god damn, that chorus is catchy. Sykes is an extremely talented and competent vocalist, and he really steals the show here. Coupled with some fantastic production and attention to sonic detail; deep synthesizers, ambient soundscapes, great harmonies and subtle, yet simultaneously impactful guitar chords all sit well to deliver a strong chorus with some lyrics that in my opinion, foreshadow and anticipate the division of their fans such as “So I’m sorry for this, it might sting a bit.”
In summary, ‘medicine’ may not be the best Bring Me The Horizon song out, but it is by no means a bad one! It’s not the most interesting song, but neither is it a snoozer, and with other singles ‘MANTRA’ and ‘Wonderful Life’ supplementing for the punch that ‘medicine’ lacks (as well as being absolute bangers), I’m certain that ‘amo’ is going to be quite an interesting record, and I’m willing to give it a go when it comes out at the end of this month!
(That CGI music video is legit nightmare fuel, though)
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST)? 4.5/5
Personal Enjoyment: 8/10