Sheffield, Yorkshire’s Bring Me the Horizon (BMTH) continues to make a
metalcore mark in America with support of an extensive tour and the
release of Suicide Season.
“Success is when you have got goals, and you reach them,” said Lee
Malia, BMTH guitarist. “Like for us, lots of copies of the new album sold,
watching a lot of our dates sell out. We are lucky!”
The band’s latest album, Suicide Season (released Sept, 2008), reached
Number 2 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers and Number 9 on Billboard’s Top
Independent Albums. The album title itself connotes teenage angst, but
that wasn’t the plan.
“Oliver (lead vocalist) said one day in August: ‘the suicide seasons is
coming.’ And we just liked the sound of the words, so we used it for the
album,” said Malia.
Malia began playing guitar at 11-years-old, learning basics from his
musically experienced parents, and feeling inspired by Rage Against The
“My dad played piano and trumpet, and my mom the guitar,” Malia said.
“My first guitar was my mom’s guitar. I was inspired by Tom Morello, I had to
learn a lot to be like him.” The first song he learned to play was Rage
Against The Machine’s “Know Your Enemy.”
|A Chat With Bring Me The Horizon Guitarist Lee Malia
N. SHUMATE, OUT OF THE BLUE posted: Feb. 22, 2009
From there, Malia attended Sheffield Music Academy in England.
“I met Curtis (rhythm guitar) there. He told me about how he liked how I played guitar, and we started a band,” said Malia. “We had to
search the other members and start it. We took a phrase from Pirates of the Carribean. Johnny Depp said: ‘bring me to the horizon!’
and we changed it to Bring Me The Horizon. That was a long time ago.”
Since the formation of BMTH in 2004, the band has released two full length albums and achieved noteworthy status. In 2006, the band
won Kerrang!’s Best British Newcomer award, and last year they were nominated for Kerrang!’s Best British Band.
“We was surprised about it. Matt the bassist had a collapse,” laughed Malia.
While on the road BMTH has also achieved controversial status. In 2007, lead vocalist Oliver Sykes urinated on a female at a show in
Nottingham, and a video was posted on YouTube showing Sam Carter of the Architects assaulting Sykes, causing fans to lash out
“No, no, he don’t care about it, he did it only one time,” Malia said, “and the violent beating was a fake video we made.”
Within the achievements of BMTH, Malia admits there are moments of conflict.
“Problems like incompatibility of characters of musical sounds, especially many doubts for the style of sound of the new album Suicide
Season,” said Malia. “When we’re on tour, sometimes little fights, especially me and Curtis,” laughed Malia, “but most of the time is all
good. We laugh under it and we do it. We’re crazy!”
Malia recalls experiencing a personal low time in 2006 with “drugs, family problems, the death of friends for drugs, and love.”
“One day, exactly the 7th of July, 2006, I said: ‘if I continue this lifestyle, I’ll go to die in some months.’ And I took care of myself and I had
made some rules in my life,” Malia said.
Putting his past to rest and currently trekking through the U.S., Malia said: “we have a lot of fans, a lot of people at our shows,
everywhere sold out. We are happy, always happy to be in the U.S.. We like to travel a lot and bring our music around the world. I always
say to our tour manager, ‘give me a guitar, give me alcohol and you can bring me everywhere you want in the world.’
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