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Yes, I have a few faves, and Biffy Clyro are another of them!

One of the best live bands you’ll ever see, the passion, the heart, the energy is unreal. Mainly I’m a sucker for a Scottish accent. Where some exports of the U.K. might have an American cleanness to their tone, prompting questions like, “Why don’t they sound like they speak?”. Scots don’t lose it. For me the emotive energy that goes with a voice as good as Simon, well its gold. Like butter wouldn’t melt, mate!

Now, on Monday the 21st of March Biffy Clyro will release a new song, “Wolves of Winter”.

It’s the lead single off their upcoming seventh album, *Insert name here when they tell us*. Lead singer and guitarist Simon Neil had a chat with David Renshaw of NME about it.


“We’re [recording] it in Eldorado studios in Los Angeles with Rich Costey [Muse, Frank Turner]. We needed a change after three records with Garth [Richardson],” he said.

“Garth is very rock; he makes things sound classic. Rich wants to make things sound as f’d 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.”

“For the first time ever we’ve been messing around properly with programming, so rather than making the heavy parts heavy with guitars and distortion, we’re trying to find different ways to make things intense”.

“It’ll be leaner and meaner than the last – no orchestras,” he added. “This album is going to be the opposite of cinematic. If the last records were kind of Ridley Scott, then this one is more John Waters. 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’.”

Neill described the album as the start of a new chapter: “For me, the first three albums we made were lo-fi, angular prog-metal and the last three were big-boy records – big, important music. This one is just embracing the chaos. This is the first one where we’ve been feeling our way in the dark a little. I think that’s exciting. This is probably the pre-teen album! The reboot.”

“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.”

Thanks for stopping by.

Jon

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