Which brings us to the forthcoming album, ‘amo’. In a Kerrang interview, Oli described it as “varied, free and weird” – can you elaborate?
It is! With this record it was weird. What we usually do is by the time we get to the studio we’ve got the songs pretty much done. Like 95 per cent done. But with this one we were writing as we were going along. The songs had changed so much from the demos. And we were sitting around thinking, ‘This is so weird, I wasn’t expecting this song to go this way.’ We went off in these mad directions. They don’t sound like what you think they’d sound like. People are expecting a pop record. And there is pop elements and pop songs, but it’s heavy still too. It’s weird in that way. It’s super heavy in some parts and super pop in others. But I think people are gonna enjoy it.
Would you say there is a theme to ‘amo’?
It’s ‘amo’, you know, it’s love. As a universal thing. Loving yourself, loving the people around you. It’s not just mushy love. Love in general.
Do you think your fans have evolved with you over the years?
It’s weird, because we always get people asking us to play old stuff. Like: ‘Oh, you’ve changed.’ But you know what: I used to do that as a kid when a band brought out a record that didn’t sound like the last one. That’s how kids are. But I think for the one fan that doesn’t like us anymore because we’ve changed, I think we’ve gained five more.