“Why You Gotta Kick Me When I’m Down?” by Bring Me The Horizon
Similar to their track “Heavy Metal”, in “Why You Gotta Kick Me When I’m Down”, Bring Me the Horizon addresses fans who criticize their sound. However this song is a lot more personal for Oli Sykes, as it not only focuses on the band’s music but also Sykes’ private life and how outsiders respond to it. It seems that some people only wish the worst for him. In contrast, he questions what exactly is it that he’s done to make them call for blood.
His response in the choruses is that he’s not fazed by these ill emotions but instead welcomes them. In fact the more vehemently he is attacked, the stronger he comes. But once again, he has to ask the burning question which has prompted the composition of this song. And that query is what exactly has he done to these people that gave them the desire to see him fall.
The second verse takes a lighter tone. He acknowledges that some of these attacks are “all in good fun”. However, they are not coming from a place of love, as amusement generally does. So he advises his attackers that when they come, they should do so at full strength, as his counterattacks are nothing to be taken lightly.
The bridge of the song has Sykes addressing Bring Me the Horizon’s fans as his “daughters” and “sons”. However, the sentiment he is expressing towards them is not one of affection. Rather it is resentment for the constant bombardment of negative criticism and ill will. Now his relationship with them has been severed in a way that can never be repaired.
The ultimate conclusion from listening to this track is that Sykes is emotionally scarred by the way some fans have treated him, but at the same time he’s letting them know that he’s not a pushover.
Facts about “Why You Gotta Kick Me When I’m Down?”
- “Why You Gotta Kick Me When I’m Down?” was composed by all members of BMTH (Lee Malia, Oliver Sykes, Matt Nicholls, Jordan Fish, and Matt Kean).
- This track is under the label Sony Music Entertainment and was recorded at Sphere and Madden Studios.
- The track was released on the 25th of January 2019 and it appears on amo. Amo is BMTH’s sixth studio album.
Who produced this track?
It took the joint-effort of Oliver Sykes and Jordan Fish to produce this track.
Did BMTH release “Why You Gotta Kick Me When I’m Down?” as a single?
No. Amo was preceded by five singles, and this track wasn’t one of them. The singles in question are as follows: