After teasing it on Instagram, Biffy Clyro have confirmed that they’re working with Rich Costey on album number seven.
Speaking to NME, Simon Neil explains, “We needed a change after three records with Garth [Richardson]. Garth is very rock; he makes things sound classic. Rich wants to make things sound as fucked up as possible and that was a good switch mentally for us. We wanted to force ourselves to take a left turn, keep ourselves guessing.
“It’ll be leaner and meaner than the last – no orchestras,” he promises. “This album is going to be the opposite of cinematic. It’s quite dirty! We’ve taken a lot of influence from recent hip-hop records, like the latest A$AP Rocky – they’re so fucking good because they’ve got really grimy, dirty, horrible sounds with beautiful vocals, or vice versa. We’re trying to get that balance of things teetering on the edge of chaos the entire time. It’s going to sound like Biffy, but it’s about ‘rocking’ instead of ‘rock’.”
“It’s the first album where I’ve tried to come out fighting, give the people who’ve upset me a bit of what-for. I feel like this one is me saying that I know who I am, here are my strengths, here are my flaws, it is what it is… It’s fight rock, pint-in-the-face rock,” he explains before adding that the record should, “come out in April or May.”
So far, Biffy Clyro have a run of European festivals confirmed for June with the band looking to play “a handful of festivals in the UK,” before they set out to play their “own shows in October or November.”
The dates so far are as follows.
03 – 05 Rock AM Ring, Germany
03 – 05 Rock IM Ring, Germany
03 – 05 Rock In Vienna, Austria
10 – 12 Download Festival Paris, Paris
15 Bergenfest, Norway
30 – 02 July Provinssirock, Finland
30 – 02 July Bravalla, Sweden
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