EXCLUSIVE: Biffy Clyro 'Opposites' album premiere
Following the success of the 2009 album ‘Only Revolutions’, UK band Biffy Clyro is to release a new album on February 4.
Produced by GGGarth Richardson (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine) in Los Angeles, Opposites finds Biffy Clyro delivering on their growing ambition with their most varied and unpredictable album to date.
As vocalist/guitarist Simon Neil told Q: “Our mission statement with this record was: don’t be scared of anything.”
A deluxe version of Opposites which also be released, featuring 20 tracks spread across two discs, The Sand at the Core of Our Bones and The Land at the End of Our Toes, and will be boosted by a DVD featuring a documentary which examines the recording of the album. ‘Stingin’ Belle’ was the first track to be taken from the album, while the first full single will be Black Chandelier.
Recent weeks have seen the band unveil Storm Thorgerson’s artwork for Opposites on Twitter.
This week has also seen Biffy Clyro perform a live set for ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ while Zane Lowe premiered Black Chandelier on his Radio 1 show.
Biffy Clyro came together in 1995 in a school in Kilmarnock, just outside of Glasgow, when childhood friends Simon Neil and twins James and Ben Johnston started playing music together.
United by a love of underground, experimental rock and post-hardcore bands such as Braid and Karate, along with the starrier likes of Guns N’Roses and Metallica, they quickly honed their own unique sound.
A mind boggling mix of off-kilter tempos, itchy, unpredictable guitars, soulful choruses and feral screams, sewn together into a strange tapestry of sound that sat resolutely apart anything else being made at the time, both in spirit and - thanks to their admirable refusal to uproot from their hometown for the dog eat dog music community of London - geographically too.
Their first three albums – Blackened Sky, The Vertigo Of Bliss and Infinity Land – arrived in a barrage of creativity, a record released every year and relentless touring building up a small but devoted army of followers.
Take a listen to the new album here:
Team Biffy’s ranks grew exponentially when Puzzle came along and stunned listeners with its achingly personal, rich and complex take on rock anthems, the band found themselves playing Wembley Stadium with Muse, headlining the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury and gigging with The Rolling Stones.
U2 even supported them at a special Little Noise session at London’s Union Chapel, although the highlight for the band came when they headlined in front of a hometown crowd at Glasgow’s SECC.
“That’s where I saw Metallica in 1991,” says Neil. “We played there in that same room. It’s amazing how things work out.”
Having earned their first ever NME Award for Best Video for the single The Captain, Biffy Clyro soon collected the Best Video prize for the same track at the Kerrang! Awards.
The band were also been nominated for the highly prestigious Mercury Prize and recently earned another Kerrang! Award, this time for Classic Songwriter.
Long established as one of the world’s most incendiary live bands, Biffy Clyro then released Revolutions // Live At Wembley, their first ever live album and DVD. Recorded at Wembley Arena on December 4, 2010, it celebrates the band’s career to date as it includes songs ranging from fan favourite 57 which originally featured on their debut EP right up to the present day with performances of all of the singles taken from Only Revolutions.
Harking back to the classic live albums of the ‘ 70s, the 90-minute set includes numerous other highlights from their back catalogue including Saturday Superhouse, Folding Stars and Glitter and Trauma.
You can pre-order the album here on iTunes.