Ed Sheeran has said that he plans to write a collaborative new track with Bring Me The Horizon.
The singer-songwriter opened the BRIT Awards 2022 ceremony with a heavy re-working of his ‘=’ single ‘Bad Habits’, which saw him unexpectedly team up with the Sheffield band. Frontman Oli Sykes added his familiar screams to bring the pop hit into Bring Me‘s world.
Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper’s ‘Wired’ column (via The List), Sheeran described the experience of joining forces with the group as “a dream”, revealing: “We’re going to write a song together.”
He continued: “I got in touch with [Sykes] and we were going to write together but then the pandemic happened, so we were in touch – I’ve been a fan for a long time.
“Oddly enough that’s the kind of music I grew up listening to and had a Kerrang! subscription and I listened to it constantly.”
Sheeran went on to say that opening the BRITs ceremony with a solo acoustic version of ‘Bad Habits’ would have gone down like a “wet fart”.
“The song is EDM, and [Bring Me The Horizon] took it and made it a whole new thing. I was just like, ‘You know what, these guitars are going to be great’.”
According to the musician, the collaboration had “a week’s turnaround” after he and BMTH first emailed each other. He also appeared to confirm that a studio version of the heavy take on ‘Bad Habits’ exists.
“[…] We recorded it a week ago and rehearsed it three days ago,” he said.
During an interview last year, Sheeran said he “was really into death metal as a kid” while naming Cradle Of Filth and Slipknot as two of his childhood favourites.
“Responding to the shout-out, Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth posted: “I’ll believe it when I see it. Fellow Suffolk lad could come good in the end. ‘Dracula’s Castle On The Hill’ anyone?”
Later, Filth said that a joint project with Sheeran “would be great fun” while speaking to Kerrang! Radio. “I think it’d be great if we did it for charity because at least it would bring a bit of credibility to it,” he added.
Ed Sheeran was named Songwriter Of The Year at this week’s BRIT Awards, where he also performed his latest single ‘The Joker And The Queen’.
Meanwhile, Bring Me The Horizon are the cover stars of Rolling Stone UK’s third issue – you can go behind the scenes of their photoshoot here.