Bring Me The Horizon aren’t just a good example of hard work paying off, but living proof that adapting to change can set you on a path to success.
On 2015’s That’s The Spirit, the Sheffield metallers gave fans and critics alike another reason to stop and pay attention. A record that saw vocalist Oli Sykes exposed from some of his most vulnerable angles.
Their live show exudes the same qualities tonight at Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena, as all five members jolt around a stage that’s quadruple their size.
Returning to Melbourne after rescheduling last year’s shows due to sickness is a testament to their commitment, and they’re leaving nothing to chance this time around.
The bond between BMTH looks solid on this fifth album cycle, with bassist Matt Kean counteracting Oli’s every stage move.
The all-round super-talent that is Jordan Fish holds up the rear left corner of the stage, switching seamlessly between backing vocals, piano, percussion and, well, some gold star dance moves.
Lee Malia’s riifs boom over the crowd, keeping the set soaring through their back catalogue.
2009’s Chelsea Smile sounds bigger than ever before alongside latest album tracks Happy Song, Sleepwalking and True Friends.
It’s Drown that finishes off the set, not to mention our emotions.
“It comes in waves, I close my eyes.
Hold my breath and let it bury me.
I’m not okay, and it’s not alright.
Won’t you drag the lake and bring me home again?
Who will fix me now? Dive in when I’m down.
Save me from myself, don’t let me drown.”
The words ring around the arena with a euphoric echo of unity as lasting lyrics – “Cause you know that I can’t do this on my own” – loop over the burst of confetti canons, covering the crowd in silver foil to soak up the moment.
Check out the top gallery for Bring Me The Horizon photos by Joel Adams, with support from While She Sleeps and Hands Like Houses.
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Bring Me The Horizon, Margaret Court Arena, 5/2/17