The fourth single to be released by British metalcore powerhouse for their upcoming album and it does not disappoint. “Teardrops” is a wholly emotional, powerful and aggressive response to the state in which the world has descended into right now alongside an exploration of social issues such as addiction (substance and technology), loneliness, anxiety and depression.
I have to admit, when the song premiered on Radio 1 last week, I was very sceptical as to what it would sound like, as before this Bring Me The Horizon had released three very different, yet very similar singles in “Ludens”, “Parasite Eve” and “Obey”. The nervousness really crept in once Oli Sykes had stated live on air “This is probably the most Bring me song we’ve done since Can You Feel My Heart?”. A very bold statement indeed. However, once Annie Mac hit play on the song and unleashed it to the world, I was completely floored by it.
Essentially, it is a very raw and gritty record that is definitely channelling the aggression of “Sempiternal”, whilst also recapturing the beautiful lyricism, emotion and metaphorical nature of “That’s The Spirit.” The song begins in a quirky manner, an intense build-up of somewhat softer electronic, synth-like notes with a drum track, prefixed by a very deep, croaky and ominously sounding “Teardrops” said by Sykes himself. Soon after however, the song immediately and inexplicably starts to make you want to mosh out. An extremely loud drum track as well as guitar melody kick in without any warning on the pre verse, drawing you into the song, which it does well considering we haven’t heard any singing yet.
Sykes manages to hit you straight in the guts however with his first lyric “we hurt ourselves for fun, force-feed our fear until our hearts go numb”. In a nutshell, the song is not only just an attack on the state of the world as we know it, but an attack on the people living within it and Sykes implies that the state the world is in is purely our own fault. He suggests that, we as humans are poisoning ourselves with a life of excess, be that with technology, substance and/or excess or due to our mental health; we are all as equally guilty and we will continue to do this until we drift apart from those around us: “the emptiness is heavier than you think”.
All in all, the song itself has absolutely ZERO chill and you are made aware of this from the very beginning. It is very much so a protest song, not only attacking the world as a whole but confronting the people living on it, condemning the government controlling it, whilst wholly suggesting that we are trapped, living with our demons. An amazing song from an amazing artist!
You can catch Bring Me The Horizon’s latest album Post Human: Survival Horror on digital release on the 30th of October and make sure to get your preorders in for the albums full physical release on the 22nd of January 2021.