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Bring Me The Horizon reveal hopes for Hayley Williams collab

Exclusive: The Sheffield giants reveal hopes of joining forces with the Paramore singer.

By Nick Reilly

Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes and Paramore's Hayley Williams (Picture: Alamy)

Bring Me The Horizon‘s Lee Malia has revealed that the band would be keen on a collaboration with Paramore’s Hayley Williams in the near future.

The Sheffield rockers, who headlined Reading & Leeds festivals last month, revealed they’re keen to delve into emo-rock after exploring the genre for the upcoming latest instalment of their Post Human series.

Asked about the sound of their next release, which follows on from 2020’s Post Human: Survival Horror, lead guitarist Malia told Rolling Stone UK: “It’s not super heavy, but it shows the catchy rock side of our band. [Recent singles] ‘Die For You’ and ‘Strangers’ on there, and it continues in a similar vein to that.”

He added: “There’s big singalongs on there, but that’s why it’s taking so long to be released. We don’t want to sound like we’re ripping off emo bands. We wanted to do something current and fun that doesn’t sound like we’re ripping off early 2000s emo bands. It’s a hard thing to capture, but it’d be cool to get someone who was a big part of the scene at that time on there.”

Lee Malia plays the Jackson's American Series Soloist SL3 (Picture: Jackson Guitars)
Lee Malia plays the Jackson’s American Series Soloist SL3 (Picture: Jackson Guitars)

When asked if Hayley Williams could be a potential collaborator, Malia responded: “Her name has been thrown around by us before and Paramore are sick, so it’d be cool. I don’t know if she’d want to do it with us, but it’s a name we’ve definitely spoken about and just you hope it gets to somewhere.”

While a collaboration between the two acts is yet to emerge, they will both share the bill at Las Vegas’ When We Were Young Festival, which is headlined by My Chemical Romance and has been hailed as a celebration of the mid 2000s emo scene.

Malia was speaking to Rolling Stone UK to mark the launch of Jackson’s American Series Soloist SL3, a new electric guitar designed to match the specific needs and capabilities of heavy metal guitarists.

“I used to play Jackson years ago, because my dad bought me one and I’d play it on tour. I then went away from the metal guitars for a while, but I’ve come full circle now and really got back into that side of guitars. I got sent the new Jackson to try and I loved it, so this makes sense. Some metal guitars have active pick-ups which sound super metal, but these are classic and I can do a bit of everything. It doesn’t just have to be insane metal. It fits what we’re doing at the middle and it looks cool too.”