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Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes Says Glassjaw Inspired Him To Start Singing, Praises Linkin Park


Bring Me The Horizon vocalist Oli Sykes recounts his musical upbringing in the latest episode ‘Music Ruined My Life’ from the BBC Radio 1‘s ‘Rock Show Show With Daniel P Carter‘. The episode finds him discussing the first album he was obsessed with (Linkin Park‘s “Hybrid Theory“,) the first live show he attended (also a Linkin Park show) and more. That admiration has since come full circle as Sykes recently performed with Linkin Park at their Chester Bennington tribute show.

In regards to the album that changed his life, Sykes responded with Glassjaw‘s 2000 full-length debut, “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence“, he said of that:

“That was really the band that made me want to be a singer myself. I mean, obviously I looked up to Chester Bennington and Iike, I liked Limp Bizkit and all that stuff.

But, of course you always think ‘Oh it’d be awesome to do that.’ But my mind works in a way where I have to see how it’d be possible, do you know what I mean? I couldn’t sing.

It weren’t until I saw a Glassjaw video basically. I got this Roadrunner Records VHS tape—it was just like a showcase—it had Slipknot—that’s the only reason I knew about that record label ’cause of Slipknot and bands like that.

But Glassjaw were on Roadrunner at the time and I never would have found out about that band if it weren’t for that random VHS. It had “Siberian Kiss” on there and it’s a right live video.

And it starts and the band is going absolutely mental and the song is just like craziness. And when I first heard, I was just like ‘What? You can do this as a job?’…

I always felt like I just want to go crazy, so just to see someone on stage just going absolutely mental, jumping in crowds. Even the way he delievered his vocals, I think they sounded like a person was just venting, going off the rails.

I was just transfixed. As soon as I saw it, that is what I want to do, I want to do that. I want to do that. As soon I saw that, I think I went and downloaded Glassjaw albums and stuff like that because I don’t think they really sold that kind of music—not anywhere local anyway.

[I] used to have it on repeat in my room and just scream along, my mom used to go mental at me and tell me to shut up. But yeah, that was definitely the band that made me want to do it myself.”

He also revealed that band’s track “Doomed” is the song he’s the most proud of, despite describing it as being a “horrible experience” to make.