It’s been 365 days since Biffy Clyro last played a live show. Yup, today is the one year anniversary of their third and final show at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom where, over the course of three nights, the band played 84 songs from across their back catalogue.
While we’ve been treated to a frankly ridiculous amount of other music in their absence (check out our ongoing recap of 2015 for definitive proof), no one quite does weird and wonderful pop songs quite like Biffy Clyro. We know they’re working on album seven. We know they’re set for a live return on New Year’s Eve. We know they’ve got a bunch of European festival dates booked in for 2016. And we know we can’t wait to have Biffy Clyro back. Here’s why.
From the classic Biffy Trinity of ‘Justboy’, ‘57’ and ‘Glitter & Trauma’ to the modern day triumphs of ‘Mountains’, ‘Stingin’ Belle’ and ‘Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies’, Biffy Clyro know how to write a good song.
The band write the most incredible pop bangers, disguised as brilliant off-kilter rock songs. They’re intelligent, challenging but oh-so-simple. Having Biffy back means we’ve got every reason to immerse ourselves in all six albums and their accompanying (and equally outstanding) B-Sides.
Biffy Clyro know how to put on a rock show. Over the course of thirteen years, they’ve crafted all the key components to deliver live. From the crowd uniting ballads of ‘Many Of Horror’ and ‘Folding Stars’, through the arena dominating anthems of ‘Bubbles’ and ‘Black Chandelier’ until the hard hitting blows of ‘The Golden Rule’ and ‘Saturday Superhouse’, Biffy Clyro have the textured range to keep a crowd entertained for hours.
Chuck in their expanded lineup, their own special little chant “Mon the Biff!” and two decades of brotherhood, you’d be hard-pushed to find a better live band.
Biffy, as a Rock Trio, love the power of three. Their six album back catalogue can be split into two distinct trilogies and their imminent seventh album marks the start of a brand new chapter for the band. There’s been talk of stripping it back, making it more aggressive and sounding like a combination of Tears for Fears, Death Grips and Deafheaven.
While the interviews rarely reflect the truth, one thing is for sure. Their return will see a different type of Biffy. “We’re going to tweak it all. It’s important to force a change because we want to be doing this for the next 20 years.”
Despite the overwhelming success of the past few years, it hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows for Biffy Clyro. Death, depression and alcoholism has plagued the band and in taking some time away, they will have had a chance to process their journey so far. Biffy Clyro are still standing for one reason; because they want to be.
The last time the band took a serious chunk of time off was between 2004’s ‘Vertigo of Bliss’ and 2007’s ‘Puzzle’, during which Simon Neil came up with the ridiculous pop monster of Marmaduke Duke alongside Sucioperro’s JP Reid. This time, he’s recorded a solo record under the guise of ZZC with John Feldman.
How this work will influence the likes of Biffy Clyro remains to be seen, but we’re excited to see the results.
Biffy Clyro have always done exactly what they wanted. As the band get bigger, so does their ability to do things their way. From releasing a double album in 2013 to not releasing the biggest pop song they’ve ever written (‘Pocket’, FYI) as a single, no one tells Biffy what to do.
Since the release of ‘Opposites’, the band have become Actual Festival Headliners and achieved a number one album. Proof that Biffy know best.
New music and live shows are all well and good but really, the sooner Biffy get back the sooner they can start churning out some more ridiculous covers. Timberlake, Lorde, Matt Cardle (wink, wink), Daft Punk, AC/DC, Cheryl Cole, Rage Against The Machine and Starship have all been reworked by the Biffy boys but really, can it get any better than Weezer’s ‘Buddy Holly’? (Yes – Ed)
We’ll just have to wait and find out.