Biffy Clyro

  • 09 June 2004

Band form

1995

Biffy Clyro (formed 1995)
Biffy Clyro are an alternative rock band from Ayrshire, Scotland. The lineup of the band consists of: Simon Neil on guitar and vocals, Ben Johnston on drums and vocals and James Johnston on bass and vocals.

Formation & Early Years: Biffy Clyro first got together in 1995, when Simon Neil recruited Ben Johnston and a boy known as Barry to play with him. They named the band Screwfish. Barry was soon replaced with James' twin brother, James.

At this stage, the band was heavily influenced by Nirvana. They played their debut gig supporting a band called Pink Kross at East Kilbride's Key Youth Centre (now known as Universal Connections East Kilbride.

In 1997, all three members of the band moved to Glasgow. Neil attended the University of Glasgow and the twins studied at Stow College learning Electronics with Music and Audio Engineering. The trio started gigging around Glasgow and slowly built up a following. Dee Bahl noticed the band and offered to manage them, arranging an independent single release on the Babi Yaga label. The single was entitled 'name' and was released in June 1999. Subsequently, Stow College's Electric Honey label chose Biffy Clyro to release a record.

Progress: In June 2000, Biffy Clyro released their record Thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow and the tracks were given airplay on BBC Radio Scotland by the DJ Vic Galloway. Shortly before the release of the record, a Beggars Banquet representative saw the band's live set at the T in the Park festival. Biffy Clyro were signed to the label soon after.

After signing to Beggars Banquet, BIffy Clyro released '27' as a single in April 2001. In October of that year, they released a re-recorded version of 'Justboy', followed by a new version of '57' in February the following year. The first album proper from Biffy Clyro was released in March 2002 entitled Blackened Sky.

Biffy Clyro toured a great deal in support of the album, playing with the likes of Weezer.

The Vertigo of Bliss was the second album from Biffy Clyro and was recorded at Linford Manor in Milton Keynes. The album was released in 2003 and saw a growth in the band's popularity.

The third album from the Scottish trio was entitled Infinity Land and featured the singles 'Glitter and Trauma', 'My Recovery Injection' and 'There's no Such Thing as a Jaggy Snake'. When Biffy Clyro were invited onto Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, they performed a cover of Franz Ferdinand's 'Take Me Out'. That same year (2005), Simon's side project Marmaduke Duke also released an album entitled The Magnificent Duke.

2006 saw Biffy Clyro part ways with Beggars Banquet and sign a deal with 14th Floor, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Their fourth album was recorded at Vancouver's The Warehouse Studio. The track 'Semi-Mental', from these sessions, was released as a digital download in December of that year.

In 2007, the band attained their highest chart position to date with the release of 'Saturday Superhouse', which reached number thirteen in the UK singles chart. The album resulting from their Canadian recording sessions was entitled Puzzle and was released in June 2007. The album reached number two in its first week of release; again, the highest chart position the band had achieved. Touring continued for the band, who embarked on live slots supporting Muse, The Who and Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queens of the Stone Age as well as The Rolling Stones.

The next album from Biffy Clyro, entitled Only Revolutions was released in November 2009 and Mike Vennart joined the band as an additional live guitarist.

"The people that have heard us seem to love us. And that's the important thing: there's still so many more out there who'll potentially feel the same way. But our only real ambition is to be our own favourite band and I think we're succeeding." - Simon Neil

Biffy Clyro Announce 'MTV Unplugged' Album And Acoustic Tour

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 13 April 2018

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A gig recorded last November at London's Roundhouse for MTV Music Week will be broadcast on May 25th, with the album coming out the same day.

Biffy Clyro have announced details of a new ‘MTV Unplugged’ acoustic album, as well as an acoustic tour of the UK later this year.

It’s been a rite of passage for rock giants such as R.E.M., Pearl Jam and Nirvana, and Biffy Clyro now join the ranks of artists to have recorded special acoustic sets for MTV. Their acoustic show at London’s Roundhouse last November, recorded for MTV Music Week, will be broadcast on May 25th.

On the same day, the album itself will be released on digital and CD/DVD formats, with a special vinyl/CD/DVD boxset in limited numbers.

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Biffy Clyro perform at the inaugural TRNSMT Festival held at Glasgow Green - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th July 2017

Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil performs at Glastonbury Festival 2017 - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Sunday 25th June 2017

System Of A Down, Prophets Of Rage, Biffy Clyro: Who Rocked Download Festival 2017?

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 12 June 2017

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Pictures emerge of the best of Download 2017.

Another Download Festival has come and gone and this year was an absolute smash of an event with System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith headlining the main stage. Donington Park was definitely the place to be with its four stages of the heaviest music you'll hear all year.

Image caption System of a Down headline Download's main stage on Friday

Kicking off the first day of the festival on Friday (June 9th 2017) saw System of a Down headlining, throwing out some of their most popular hits like 'Chop Suey', 'Toxicity' and 'Sugar'. Also on the main stage were Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Prophets of Rage.

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Biffy Clyro headlines Download Festival 2017 held at Castle Donnington - Donnington, United Kingdom - Saturday 10th June 2017

Katy Perry And Biffy Clyro Among First Tranche Of Acts Confirmed For Glastonbury 2017

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 30 March 2017

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Glastonbury Festival confirmed an additional 83 acts on top of the three already-announced headliners on Thursday.

Glastonbury Festival has announced the first tranche of artists to be playing at Worthy Farm this year, confirming 83 acts in addition to the three main headliners of Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and Foo Fighters.

Among the dozens of confirmed acts announced on Thursday (March 30th) are some surprisingly massive names, not least in the shape of pop royalty Katy Perry and Scottish rock titans Biffy Clyro who could expect to headline virtually any other festival in the world.

A large number of music veterans and heroes of yesteryear are also scheduled to make appearances. Former Bee Gee Barry Gibb is set to take the traditional Sunday afternoon ‘legend’ slot, filled by Madness, Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton in the previous three editions of Glastonbury.

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Biffy Clyro seen on the red carpet entering The Brit Awards 2017 held at the O2 - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Biffy Clyro seen on the red carpet entering The Brit Awards 2017 held at the O2 - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Mimi And The Mad Noise Factory Unleash Their 'Get Me Back' Video For Brit Rom-Com 'Love, Rosie' [Video]

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 06 October 2014

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Mimi and her newest band The Mad Noise Factory feature on the movie's colourful soundtrack with 'Get Me Back'.

Mimi & The Mad Noise Factory are a Germany-based indie-pop band whose upbeat tune 'Get Me Back' from their new album has caught the attention of the soundtrack arrangers for forthcoming British comedy 'Love, Rosie' - and with good reason.

Image caption Mimi's new band The Mad Noise Factory unveiled their first collective album earlier this year

With a dynamic beat, quirky vocals and an infectiously catchy dance rhythm, 'Get Me Back' marks a perfect soundtrack song to a tale of long lost young love, lustful recklessness and romantic exuberance. Produced by English producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur), the track follows their previous single 'Heartbreaker', and features on their newest full-length offering 'Nothing But Everything', released in March 2014 through Warner Music Group Germany.

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Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Review

By Jim Pusey in Music Reviews on 17 June 2014

If there's something to take away from this year's Isle of Wight Festival, it's probably sunburn. Unlike the mud bath of two years ago, 2014 will be remembered for serving up one of the hottest weekends I can remember for a festival, along with some crowd-pleasing performances. While not every act managed to capture their moment in the sun, all the major names delivered in spades.

But it wasn't just the music that made the weekend for many; a real sense of celebration seemed to erupt across the site. Partly fuelled by anticipation over the World Cup and partly because of the good weather, thousands of smiling faces could be seen everywhere. Sunflowers seemed to be an essential festival accessory and many opted for as few clothes as possible with t-shirts looking like they'd gone out of fashion altogether. I've even had to make a note in my diary that it's international flip-flop day on June 20th, just one of the many things I learnt around Seaclose Park this year.

The highlight of Friday afternoon should have really been local boy Tom Odell on the main stage. But his piano led ballads took some time to win the crowd over despite his number 1 album 'Long Way Down'. By the time he'd finished though, the reaction showed that he'd justified his place on the main stage billing.

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Isle Of Wight Festival Set To Be A Scorcher [Pictures]

By Sophie Miskiw in Music / Festivals on 13 June 2014

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The Isle of Wight Festival 2014 has kicked off, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers scheduled for Saturday night and red hot weather scheduled all weekend.

The Isle of Wight Festival 2014 is underway and it’s looking like it’s set to be a scorcher of a weekend! The Met Office has forecasted dry and sunny weather with temperatures reaching 22°C. British festival-goers will have their fingers crossed that this unusual weather carries on for the rest of festival season, although that may be seriously wishful thinking. With Glastonbury right around the corner we can only hope that the typical torrential rain of festival season doesn't start to set in.

Image caption The party has been kicking off at the Isle of Wight Festival, with festival-goers enjoying the hot British weather [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Ben A. Pruchnie]

Scheduled to appear tonight at the Isle of Wight Festival are big name acts Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Tom Odell, Starsailer and Lawson, with Katy B appearing at the Big Top. The rest of the weekend is jam-packed acts including the eagerly awaited Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will take to the main stage on Saturday night. Saturday also belongs to Cher Lloyd, Dappy and The Pretty Reckless among other acts.

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Your Guide To The Isle Of Wight Festival 2014

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 11 June 2014

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Heading to the Isle of Wright Festival? Here's our handy guide to the weekend.

The annual Isle of Wight Festival kicks off tomorrow (June 12th), beginning a British summertime so filled with awesome music events you might even forget about that whole football thing that’s also happening. This year the festival boasts an impressive line up featuring acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings Of Leon and Fall Out Boy. So if you’re one of the lucky ones packing your bag to head off to Seaclose park, or if you’ll just be following the action from the comfort of your own home, here’s our handy guide to enjoying the Isle of Wight Festival 2014.

Image caption The festival season kicks off June 12th on the Isle of Wight, where Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform

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Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Preview

By Jim Pusey in Music Reviews on 11 June 2014

With just hours until thousands of people flock to Portsmouth and Southampton for their annual ferry trip to the Isle of Wight Festival, it's time to look ahead to the first big event in the summer festival calendar.

Twelve years since the festival was resurrected, organiser John Giddings has steered Isle of Wight from strength to strength. With around 60,000 punters travelling to the Island, it's not just Seaclose Park that's transformed for the weekend, there's a real community spirit that's evident as buses wind their way towards the festival site. Past years have seen a surprise appearance from Kanye West for Jay-Z's headline set, rock royalty like Jagger, McCartney and Neil Young take to the main stage, and bands such as the Foo Fighters casually chatting to fans on the car ferry. This year looks like it will live up to the festival's reputation without a repeat of 2012's well-publicised mud bath. Although there's perhaps not many surprises on the line-up, there's still plenty to look forward to.

The top twelve to watch from June 12:
Boy George: If you're arriving early, the former Culture Club front man is headlining the Thursday night festivities. But far from a nostalgia act, George is touring his first album of original material in 18 years. He's embraced DJ culture and is likely to put on an impressive show whether he's behind the turntable or the microphone.

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Pinkpop 2014 Announce Headliners The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica Plus Many More

Posted on 12 March 2014

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Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

By Staff Writer in Music / Festivals on 24 December 2013

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2013's been a year filled with great music but, at times, it has felt like you've had to search it out.

It's been a year of truly brilliant sounds even if there may have been a few disappointments along the way. Take hip hop, for example: unlike 2012's records by Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, there was nothing that really demanded your attention. Yes, Kanye's album 'Yeezus' was technically brilliant, but it's a record I'm still struggling to digest properly. Similarly, Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta, Holy Grail' (which, in my opinion, is as good as West's effort) was less immediate than the likes of 'Blueprint 3', which means it's got somewhat lost in the public consciousness.

Both those records had an interesting release as well, materialising on shelves seemingly from nowhere. They're not the only ones either; My Bloody Valentine's 'mbv' appeared online out of the blue in February after a gestation period of 20 years. Equally, Mazzy Star, Boards of Canada, Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie made unexpected and impressive returns following long hiatuses. There were also some great reissues and live records; Rilo Kiley's 'Rkives' acted as the epitaph the band deserved, Bob Dylan repainted his self-portrait with the 'Bootleg Series' and revealed songs well worth revisiting, Steve Albini finally got to share his vision for Nirvana's 'In Utero', The Velvet Underground's 'White Light, White Heat' finally got the deluxe treatment it deserved following Lou Reed's sudden death and Neil Young presented what could well be his best live album to date with the 'Cellar Door' addition to his archives series.

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