Multi-award winning Scottish rock outfit Biffy Clyro are hitting the musical highway once again, touring the UK and Ireland in 2013 with their sixth album, ‘Opposites’.
Demonstrating their growing success and talent for creating mainstream hype around their unique brand of eclectic rock, the band’s 2013 outing is their biggest arena tour to date. Fans with Biffy Clyro tickets in their sights can look forward to an 11-date extravaganza, which will see Simon Neil and brothers James and Ben Johnston bringing their blistering sound to some of the country’s most impressive venues. Beginning in Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on 20th March, the band will mark their territory in a pretty comprehensive selection of cities including Cardiff, Sheffield and Dublin, before landing in London on 3rd April to take over the O2.
The boys of Biffy Clyro have come a long way since the craggy prog-rock of their first, rough-around-the-edges record, 2002 release ‘Blackened Sky’. Their breakthrough into the mainstream music scene with 2007 album ‘Puzzles’ marked a move towards a more melodic sound. This appeal to wider tastes was given a hearty thumbs-up in 2010 when their track ‘Many of Horror’ lent its sweet anguish to the trailer for weepy Hollywood blockbuster ‘Charlie St Cloud’. The same song was covered by that year’s X Factor winner, Matt Cardle, and released as his debut single, which ruffled the feathers of staunch Biffy fans but won the song the Christmas Number One spot and major mainstream recognition. While always keeping their rock roots in sight, the band has undoubtedly mellowed over the years, and ‘Black Chandelier’, the latest release from their upcoming album, further proves the point with its harmonious emotional depth.
A go-getter from an early age, Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil set up the band when he was just fifteen, recruiting Kilmarnock-based twins Ben and James in 1995 and dedicating three years to intensive song-writing and practising. The hard work paid off, and in 2000 the band were spotted at a festival and signed to independent label Beggar’s Banquet. Five albums followed in the ensuing decade, with the sixth, ‘Opposites’, due for release in January 2013.
Biffy Clyro point to bands such as Metallica, Nirvana and Rush as their pivotal influences, but they have very much carved their own path through the rock genre, triumphantly achieving the goal described by Simon Neil: “At the start you just want to sound like your favourite bands, but after a while you realise, maybe you could become your favourite band”. They constantly prove their original flair with exciting musical touches like the bagpipe effect that can be heard on ‘Opposites’ single ‘Stingin’ Belle’.
With reviewers already out in force to praise the haunting lyricism of ‘Black Chandelier’, the outlook is rosy for the tartan threesome’s new album. And with next year’s arena tour just around the corner, audiences of unprecedented size are in the firing line to catch some of the infectious enthusiasm surrounding the phenomenon that is Biffy Clyro.
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