Twenty One Pilots are undeniably one of modern music’s most experimental and wide-reaching artists, having established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in both the alternative and pop-spheres – a true crossover phenomenon we haven’t quite experienced since the initial success of the mid-oos mainstream emo explosion.
Having smashed incredible sales records (they’re the first band in history to have every song off an album certified Gold) it’s fair that other artists are looking towards the duo to mirror their success.
In a recent interview with Kerrang, Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes mentioned that the act are a huge influence on the metalcore-turned-alt-rock band’s next album.
Gushing over the how the band has impacted their approach to music, he said, “[They’re] popular and accessible, but without compromising their integrity or who they are,” Sykes explains. “That’s a real challenge now.”
In 2013, Bring Me The Horizon released the seminal album Sempiternal – a record that truly blurs the lines between metal and pop music, without compromising any sense of creativity. On their 2015 album, That’s The Spirit, the band further showcased a move towards radio-friendly rock with a massive penchant for creativity.
He confirmed that the band have around 30 song ideas in the mix, for a new album, adding that fans “shouldn’t be surprised at this next album sounding different to the last one” – we’d love to hear what the culmination of influences could possibly sound like.
“I kind of know where I want to go, but it’s also falling into place as we write the thing. We want it to be different and we want to push forward. We like the idea of breaking into the mainstream. We’re not ashamed of that, we don’t see it as selling out. We see it as a great challenge, to make music that can be adored by more people but still retain who we are. That is the goal.” added Oli.