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Biffy Clyro

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom (1995 – present)

Biffy Clyro is a three-piece alternative rock band which formed in Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1995. The band consists of Simon Neil (vocals, guitar), James Johnston (bass, vocals) and his twin brother Ben (drums, vocals). The band has released five albums since their formation: “Blackened Sky” (2002), “The Vertigo of Bliss” (2003), “Infinity Land” (2004), “Puzzle” (2007) and “Only Revolutions” (2010). Their sixth album, “Opposites”, is due for release on 28 January 2013.

Biffy, as they are often referred to, utilise a quiet/loud dynamic, constructing songs that can range from a whisper-quiet pick on the guitar, to huge walls of noise with massive distortion and crashing drums. Their sound has simplified somewhat in recent times yet still occasionally contains complex time signatures and heavy riffs. While Simon Neil sings lead, all three members provide vocals. “’!” is a well known chant amongst Biffy fans; it is usually shouted in between songs at gigs, or before the band come on stage. Some fans have reacted poorly to the band’s recent output.

The first incarnation of what would eventually become Biffy Clyro was formed in 1995 by fifteen-year-old Irvine-born, Ayr-raised guitarist Simon Neil, who recruited Kilmarnock-born Ben Johnston and someone known only as Barry on drums and bass respectively, calling themselves Screwfish.

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  • CRAZYBALLIZTIK

    Anyway you're forced to make choices for what you buy or not, cuz seeing the majority of people's library on last fm (and me first), if we'd buy all what we listen to, no lie, almost all of us would be homeless.

    18 Apr 7:08am Reply
  • ArcticLight0

    Who am I kidding the first three are all 10/10 >_> [2]

    17 Apr 6:43pm Reply
  • ArcticLight0

    v Please stop

    17 Apr 6:42pm Reply
  • StupidCupcake

    Biblical. <3

    15 Apr 11:59am Reply
  • StupidCupcake

    Many Of Horror. <3

    15 Apr 9:24am Reply
  • CrackmanJesus

    Who am I kidding the first three are all 10/10 >_>

    13 Apr 8:23pm Reply
  • CrackmanJesus

    Opposites is so much better than OR its unreal. Infact it's twice as good. Goes something like this: OR 2/10, Op 4/10, Puz 5.5/10, IL 9/10, BS 9.5/10 VoB 10/10

    13 Apr 8:22pm Reply
  • jamesusillxd

    Everything since Puzzle has been shit [2] u used 2 b alright wht hppnd?

    13 Apr 3:44pm Reply
  • SietseB

    Becoming softer with every album, if the trend continues I won't be enjoying the next album at all. Opposites is already a pretty weak album compared to the others

    10 Apr 12:45pm Reply
  • C26000

    Very good!

    16 Mar 4:46am Reply
  • KevinVillage

    sorry i don't wanna give my money to Time Warner. frankly don't care if Biffy Clyro don't make any more albums anyway, everything since Puzzle has been shit

    10 Mar 3:58am Reply
  • borgy

    A live gig that wouldn't be possible had a record label not invested in promotion of a band and their records on it's roster. You'd be seeing them at a pub with 20 people (or maybe not since they wouldn't have left their home country and toured the world) and with a below poverty line income the band would've simply broken up. Albums are artistic statements and cost money to produce, they are not just promotional tools for a live show and if you believe they are go watch documentaries on Biffy Clyro making their last few albums, the passion, effort and dedication to the album making craft is evident - even down to the artwork. The band goes in debt to their label until enough people buy their albums and pay of their debt at which point they start receiving royalties on the album for the rest of their lives. If no one buys the album they pay the label back their debt with live show revenue and get dropped.. which means, yes, piracy from ignorant people like you is fucking them over.

    8 Mar 9:48pm Reply
  • spunge666

    @borgy, I pay my dues by paying to see the band at a live gig!

    8 Mar 11:08am Reply
  • Deliberated

    @borgy You're about to hear a million explanations as to why buying music doesn't support anything and the music industry is literally Hitler.

    7 Mar 1:56pm Reply
  • borgy

    or how's about supporting bands you supposedly like and buying their record so the label doesn't drop them and continues to fund the recording of future releases?

    6 Mar 11:40pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    if you're not in what.cd, rutracker is the next best

    3 Mar 10:42pm Reply
  • Hiigg

    awesome

    26 Feb 2:19am Reply
  • johncatapano

    @spunge666 try kick ass torrents, its the bomb diggity... also check out these photos, www.johncatapano.com; i made it to this band from the images, the dark-haried guy is cute :)

    4 Feb 1:02am Reply
  • madeofbraille

    ruttracker, its russian

    29 Jan 4:46pm Reply
  • jennslone

    what.cd, but good luck getting an invite.

    17 Jan 6:54pm Reply
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