2013 was a great year in music. So many great albums to choose from! Coming up with only ten picks was nearly impossible. I…Read More
Assembling in the late ’90s, in the town of Kilmarnock, near Glasgow, Scotland, Biffy Clyro comprises a three-piece lineup, fronted by vocalist and guitarist Simon Neil along with James Johnston (bass) and drummer Ben Johnston. Playing loud combinations of pop/rock, inspired by the music of bands like Weezer, Biffy Clyro first started by playing their aggressive pop tunes in the nearby Glasgow club scene, eventually enjoying a stable and enthusiastic response from their audiences. After releasing their first EP, Thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow, via the Electric Honey record label, the band managed to secure some airplay on Scotland’s BBC, which opened the way for even more exposure within the Scottish music scene. Not long after, the trio signed a recording contract with Beggars Banquet and offered their first single, “27,” in October 2000. During the following months, the group played numerous live shows, including one opening slot for their longtime idols Weezer. In February 2002, the crew offered yet another single, simply titled “57,” before the release of their long-awaited debut full-length, Blackened Sky, issued in March of that same year. A year later, the more elaborate The Vertigo of Bliss appeared. Constant touring to support the album kept the band busy until mid-2004 when they recorded Infinity Land, which was released late in the year. Three years later the successful single “Saturday Superhouse” announced the coming of their fourth album, Puzzle. In 2009, Biffy Clyro released its fifth-studio album, Only Revolutions. Featuring such singles as, “Mountains,” “Bubbles,” and “Many of Horror,” the album was both a critical and commercial success going platinum in 2010 and earning several accolades including a Mercury Music Prize nomination. In 2012, Biffy Clyro released an online video trailer announcing its forthcoming sixth-studio album, Opposites. Originally planned as two separate albums, Opposites is set to be released 2013 as a double album featuring at least 20 cuts.
We haven’t heard new material from Biffy Clyro since 2009’s Only Revolutions, their longest gap between albums yet, and when word spread that their new one would be a double album, many feared the worst.Read More