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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
2016 has been an interesting year for music, often making headlines for the wrong reasons instead of the right ones.
Some great bands made awful albums and other surprising bands put out great work.
Putting this list together was pretty hard work and near misses on the top ten go to CRX, Banks and Steelz, Suede and We Cut Corners who all produced decent records. Next year is already shaping up to be a cracking year with releases planned for Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Beck and Father John Misty, but for now, here are my top records of 2016:
Continue reading: Ben Walton's Top Ten Albums Of 2016
Biffy Clyro are basically a UK national treasure at this point and a worthy one too. They spent their first several years as post-hardcore/math-rock weirdos across albums like 'Vertigo Bliss' and 'Infinity Land', whereas records like 2007's 'Puzzle' and 2009's 'Only Revelations' saw the group achieve melodic rock perfection but still with the bite of their early days. All these ingredients make for a band which can play to masses of people and yet deliver a fierce sincerity to every single member of the audience. Tonight's performance at Leeds' First Direct Arena is no different as they hit the stage in support of their newest album 'Ellipsis.'
Emo heroes Brand New get things started tonight with a primal set that makes this arena setting feel like a basement show in how they savagely press guitars against amps for scratchy feedback, mosh pits get going and the bitter, miserable nature of Brand New's material. Playing a 'The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Of Me' heavy set, with songs as emotional and raw as 'Jesus' and 'Sowing Season' it's pretty easy for Brand New to build a strong connection with the audience. They're a band worthy of headlining places like this and whilst they're playing, it really feels like it's their own gig.
Speaking of primal, despite all the success, the gloss of their monolithic stage show, Biffy Clyro are purely animalistic when it comes to their performance. It's rare across the two hours they play for tonight, that frontman Simon Neil isn't headbanging, jerking limbs or thrashing at his guitar. Ben Johnston is a beast on the kit, hitting each beat with impenetrable muscle and his bassist twin, James Johnston, will constantly be skipping around and stomping with Neil. All of this amongst colossal, colour-changing rectangles and dazzling lasers. Visually this show is never anything less than stunning.
Continue reading: Biffy Clyro - Leeds First Direct Arena, 4th December 2016 - Live Review
'Ellipsis' has taken a strong lead in the mid-week album chart.
Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are on track to score the second number one album of their career with new record Ellipsis. Ellipsis is the band’s seventh studio album and was released on Friday (July 8) and it's so far taken a strong lead in this week's chart.
Biffy Clyro are on track for a number one album with Ellipsis.
According to the Official Chart Company’s midweek chart update Ellipsis is currently outselling the rest of this week’s top five albums combined. The band’s closest competition is last week’s number two, Adele’s 25, which is currently a non-mover in the midweeks.
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.
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.
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.
Continue reading: Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Review
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.
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.
Continue reading: Isle Of Wight Festival Set To Be A Scorcher [Pictures]
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.
The festival season kicks off June 12th on the Isle of Wight, where Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform
Continue reading: Your Guide To The Isle Of Wight Festival 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.
Continue reading: Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Preview
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.
Continue reading: Jim Pusey's Top 10 Albums Of 2013
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Thank you all y'all.x https://t.co/18FmSEp772 https://t.co/jg9zNrraJF
So this happened... Thank you @Johnny_Marr for everything.x https://t.co/LvqBWBvn3L
The three redheads have kicked me out! Sad times.x https://t.co/0wbrxrjNPR
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@TheBarrowlands That means so much to us. Thank you.x
RT @TheBarrowlands: People always ask when we'll remove the @BiffyClyro lyrics from the stairs. Simple answer - never.
We are blessed to have the fans we do. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.x
Thank you so much @avivgeffen for coming so far to share the stage. Such a pleasure. Safe riding brother.x
What an incredible final show of the tour. Thank you so much Hannover. Fuckin rockin.x https://t.co/eodjPtU6LF https://t.co/XDZ68Iyd0k
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