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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 eight albums since their formation and are currently working on their 9th: "Blackened Sky" (2002), "The Vertigo of Bliss" (2003), "Infinity Land" (2004), "Puzzle" (2007), "Only Revolutions" (2010) , "Opposites" (2013) and "Ellipsis" (2016), "Balance, Not Symmetry" (2019). Read more on Last.fm

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Live: Biffy Clyro @ London Royal Albert Hall – 23 March 2011

March 25th, 2011

With their first UK festival headline slot approaching, Biffy Clyro played a one-off show in London in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. 5,500 people? No big deal compared to a Knebworth full of people but after seeing them nearly 50 times in the past decade [yes, he worked it out and shocked himself], Thrash Hits editor, Raz popped down to Kensington Gore to see the Scottish superhouse in action.

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There’s STILL no Metal in the Mercury Prize

July 22nd, 2009

The 2009 Nationwide Mercury Music prize shortlist has been announced, and once again Hugh Platt finds himself screaming at the sky, shaking his fist like an ineffectual caveman cursing the Gods for making it rain.

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Once again, the great and the good of the UK music media are hunched over, hands clasped around their critical appendages, and are furiously word-wanking their opinions onto betting slips. That’s right: the shortlist of albums fighting for the 2009 Mercury Prize have be announced, and yet again – for the 18th year running – metal has been denied a presence on the final shortlist.

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Video: Biffy Clyro play some Guitar Hero: World Tour + interview

November 19th, 2008

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Simon Neil and James Johnston of cheeky Scottish rock trio, Biffy Clyro hooked up with the folk at Guitar Hero: World Tour to chat about their own touring habits.

Then they played some Foo Fighters on Guitar Hero with Simon on the drums and James on guitar. Watch it all happen. In a video.

Watch Biffy Clyro playing Guitar Hero: World Tour + interview

Biffy Clyro December tourdates – all sold out
13 Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre
14 Belfast Mandela Hall
15 Dublin Academy
17 London Brixton Academy
18 Birmingham Academy
19 Manchester Academy
20 Glasgow SECC

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The 2009 Premier League vs Thrash Hits XX – Part 1

August 7th, 2008

With the football season fast approaching, Gareth Dobson takes it upon himself to ponder the numerous parallels between the English Premier League’s finest and the rock world’s… finest. Some bands might call it soccer.

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Despite a daily stream of back pages filled with stories of wanderlusting wingers and bolshy Bulgarians, those bitten by the football bug are still desperately missing fix of weekend football.

Fortunately, we’re just days from a new season and you having to explain to your partners why you really, really can’t go shopping next Saturday.

To celebrate, Thrash Hits .com has decided to pair up its favourite rock bands with this seasons title contenders, ne’er do wells and downright doomed.

Don’t have any sporting affiliation? Now with our handy rock-u-like comparison feature, you can choose next season’s sporting protégés by attachment to your preferred guitar heroes.

Metallica
History: Something of a global giant dating back decades, ‘tallica are one of the best-supported outfits in the world, always drawing large crowds. Their many ardent fans speak dreamily of the group’s history and status, pointing towards the vast collection of awards picked up over the years.
Form: Patchy since the 1990s, they’ve dipped from the top of the tree whilst never fully receding power. Now, despite issues with staff changes, there’s whispers of them returning to claim their crown. Be warned; there has been false dawns before.
You are… Liverpool FC

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Iron Maiden
History: Determinedly British, entirely East End. These still hold worldwide appeal thanks to the much covered exploits of its prime-era members. Remaining constantly true to their roots, they never fall into unfashionable status, largely because they never were slavishly feted in the first place.
Form: Having spent much of the past 15 years fighting second-class status, they’ve recently enjoyed a period of top-level stability, adapting to modern business methods to see vast amounts of resources being poured into their performances. Enjoyable to watch, they’ll never see their passionate fanbase ebb away.
You are… West Ham United FC

Funeral For A Friend
History: Causing quite a splash upon their entrance to the top tier, F4AF exceeded expectations on their debut, finding interested onlookers quickly and grudging respect for their hardworking, if un-dynamic exploits.
Form: Suspicions that over-reliance on a single formula is set to be their undoing in the coming year. Need to add a bit more flair and variation in play, otherwise they stand a real chance of demotion.
You are… Bolton Wanderers FC

Foo Fighters
History: Led by a man who enjoyed success with a previous outfit, The Foo Fighters have, somewhat surprisingly in the eyes of purists, sprung to the higher echelons of the rankings thanks to their enjoyable and incisive performances. Despite being steeped in history, their modern incarnation is still seem as a somewhat upstart in the high-rolling arenas.
Form: Dynamic and exciting, the Foos are one of the younger outfits currently feasting near the top of the table. Worries that their armoury is a little thin on truly top class talent need to be disproven to enjoy an extended stay at the summit.
You are… Aston Villa FC

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My Chemical Romance
History: Buoyed by a fervent, self styled army of black and red-clad fans, My Chem are arguably the biggest rock band in the world. As derided by detractors sick of their perceived omnipotence as loved by their adoring fanbase, the group find themselves constantly surrounded by media hype and speculation wherever they go.
Form: Nothing short of spectacular in the past few years, they’ve swept everyone aside on their road to glory. However, all is not entirely rosy in their camp, as younger members of their faction consider defecting to other causes.
You are… Manchester United FC

Velvet Revolver
History: Many blue moons ago, these were some of the finest talents in the land. Traditionally well-supported, they’ve had to deal with all manner of problems to keep their heads above water, including some desperate lulls in the nineties. Newly revived, thanks to some clever political manoeuvring.
Form: Experiencing something of a renaissance, they’ve picked up new fans and renewed interest, but older fans shudder with unease at the perceived soul-less route this newly cash-rich collection are going down. Having chased the dollar and removed their front man with disturbing ease, it seems a cynical affair right now.
You are… Manchester City FC

Gallows
History: These scrappy underdogs are renowned more for their fighting spirit and devotional crowds than glitz and glamour. Led by a man distinguished by his raucous and confrontational nature, they’re nobody’s preferred opponents in a ruck.
Form: For such an unglamorous troupe, there’s a lot of money floating round their world – with some questioning how wisely it’s been spent. Struggling to acclimatise to the big leagues, their strength lies in their never-say-die spirit.
You are… Sunderland AFC

Lostprophets
History: Lauded and laughed at in equal measures for their pretty-boy appearance, the Prophets probably believe they’re bigger than they are. Those staunchly behind the band are often derided for their interminable belief that, any day now, they’ll be the biggest in the land.
Form: Recent headline-grabbing events hint once again that they’re on the up, but it’s a story heard many times before. The wise money is never on a big-league breakthrough. Talented, yet never presenting a water-tight defence of itself.
You are… Tottenham Hostpur FC

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KISS
History: A group mired in its somewhat rewritten sense of history, it’s been pyrotechnics, flashiness and outrageous manoeuvres for quite some time. The more historically knowledgeable amongst us, however, remember that they used to be dull, mid level cloggers, bereft of flair and panache. A collective with a deep air of cynicism about them.
Form: Still able to leave the crowd gasping and critics salivating, but all too often now their soft underbelly is exposed. Where there should be steely economy, flabby self-satisfaction is creeping in, undermining their attempts to stay at the top of their profession.
You are… Arsenal FC

Biffy Clyro
History: Seemingly been around forever, they’ve always competed hard and have gained the respect of those around them. Regardless of how well they do, they can’t shake off the tag of underdog. Well marshalled and characterised by Scottish grit and fervour, they’re everyone’s favourite second choice.
Form: A relatively spectacular last couple of years have left critics and followers alike sitting up and taking notice of their achievements. Certainly no-one doubts their desire and aptitude, but many feel that they may have peaked already. The real struggle could be maintaining their already creditable position.
You are… Everton FC

Look out for Part 2 including Slayer, Linkin Park and probably Paramore, before the Premier League commences on 16 August 2008

Agree with the bands the teams have beeen matched up to? Reckon you can do better? Thrash it out below.

Live: Biffy Clyro @ Northampton Roadmenders – 11 July 2008

July 14th, 2008

When Biffy Clyro played their first ever show at Northampton Roadmenders as a T In The Park festival warmup show, Anne Waites was there to witness the magic with Graham Pentz photographing the Scottish trio.

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After well over a year spent touring the arse off Puzzle – zipping across America, Japan and Australia as well as hitting most of Britain and the rest of Europe for good measure – you’d think Biffy Clyro would spend the night before their triumphant T In The Park homecoming performance having a nice sit down at home with a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Fat chance. Rather than conserving their apparently limitless energy, they’re to be found playing an intimate show in the dark and sweaty confines of Northampton’s Roadmenders, blazing through an hour-long set as if it only dawned on them this afternoon just how powerful their triple-attack rock actually is.

Clad in a uniform of red jeans, they blaze into ‘Saturday Superhouse’, hair and beards flying and sweat-soaked within seconds, as a crowd of ever-loyal fans launch their bodies skywards in response.

Watch the video to ‘Mountains’ by Biffy Clyro

They’re rewarded with old favourites punctuating Puzzle highlights – the euphoric ‘Justboy’, the attack dog bite of ‘There’s No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake’, the irresistible bounce of ‘Glitter And Trauma’ – and new single ‘Mountains’ hits like a tsunami, every bit as huge as its title.

This visceral night is an example to all newcomers of just what they’ve been missing for all these years, and a reminder to everyone else of exactly how this band reached their recent lofty heights in the first place – by blasting us into submission until it’s impossible not to join in the fun.

Biffy Clyro @ Northampton Roadmenders photo gallery

Biffy Clyro @ Northampton Roadmenders setlist
‘Saturday Superhouse’
‘Who’s Got A Match’
‘Whole Child Ago’
‘9/15ths’
‘Justboy’
‘Love Has A Diameter’
‘Jaggy Snake’
‘All The Way Down’
‘Mountains’
‘Get Fucked Stud’
‘Machines’
‘Now I’m Everyone’
‘Living Is A Problem’
‘Glitter And Trauma’
‘As Dust Dances’
‘57’

‘Mountains’ is released on 25 August 2008 on 14th Floor Records

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Win Biffy Clyro albums and posters

July 7th, 2008

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To celebrate its release, we’ve got a few copies of Biffy Clyro Singles 2001-2005 and a few posters to give away.

Scotland’s current finest exports have been keeping very, very busy since the release of Puzzle in June 2007 and are playing at nearly every major summer festival you can think of at the moment.

Watch the video to ‘Glitter And Trauma’ by Biffy Clyro

To enter this great competition to win a copy of Singles 2001-2005 by Biffy Clyro and a commemorative poster, just enter the competition by answering the following question.

What are the names of the twins in Biffy Clyro?

Email your answer with your name and a contact telephone number to competition@thrashhits.com with “Biffy” as the subject. The closing date for general entries is 10am Tuesday, 26 August 2008. The winner will be notified by telephone or email.

Biffy Clyro release their new single ‘Mountains’ through 14th Floor Records on Monday, 25 August 2008

Biffy Clyro: The last piece of the Puzzle

June 26th, 2008

After their most successful album to date, Anne Waites talks to Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro about Puzzle, Dave Grohl stealing his beard/hair combo and receiving elaborate portraits from Japanese fans.

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How would you sum up the first half of 2008?
“Hectic! It’s been amazing actually, we’re going to places we’ve never played before, doing things that we never thought we’d get a chance to do. Spreading the word of our music.”

How was your first trip to Japan?
“It was really full on. People just obsess over the bands that they like. They seem to research what you’re really like. We kind of thought the shows might be quite quiet atmosphere-wise. But it was the exact opposite of that.”

Did you get any good presents?
“James did! He’s written on the on-line blog that we didn’t get to see the cherry blossom because it was the wrong time of year. A girl did this crazy airbrushed painting of James with his glorious ginger locks standing in front of this big blossom tree. It must have taken her ages! Me and Ben got a couple of letters saying ‘thanks for coming’, and James got this beautiful portrait. I think he’s a messiah over there because he’s got ginger hair.”

Watch the video to ‘Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies’ by Biffy Clyro

What was the biggest culture shock?
“They don’t really do hangover food. It’s still all fresh fish first thing in the morning. Which is lovely, but if you’re feeling green you don’t really want to eat a bit of raw squid. But the biggest surprise is that people are the same everywhere. And Marty Friedman who used to play guitar in Megadeth is a huge megastar over there. He’s got his own TV show, we went on it. He was absolutely tiny! But with a big poodle perm on top.”

What’s the new single Mountains about?
“It feels like an in-between albums song. It’s kind of putting a full stop on Puzzle lyrically. It’s taking up from where ‘Machines’ left off, with its little bit of hope. With this one it’s where you’re completely trying to start again and just have confidence in yourself again. Just having the bit between your teeth and going for it. I try not to think too much about what I’m writing about, but that’s the impression I get from it!”

Watch the video to ‘Machines’ by Biffy Clyro

How’s the other new stuff sounding?
“We’ve got some quite bizarre songs. We’ve got one that’s sleazy, a bit like Nick Cave. We’ve got a big dumb rock song. There’s one with this groovy riff, a southern rock riff, which is my favourite to play. It puts a smile on my face every time I play it. I’m really pleased we can still take ourselves by surprise. It feels like we’re constantly evolving, and that feels mega.”

Last year was a bit of a rollercoaster. How’s that affected you? Are you getting big headed yet?
“We’re confident in what we’re doing musically, but we’re not really hugely confident dudes. So I feel as if we’ve almost got more to prove now than we did before. It felt like with Puzzle we took a huge step forward, as we have on every record hopefully. We want our next record to be better than Puzzle. We’ve put a lot of pressure on ourselves, so we definitely don’t have an abundance of confidence, but I think that’s a good thing. I think if you start thinking you’re the dog’s b******ks you forget why you’re doing it. And we still live in Scotland so we can’t get too carried away.”

Watch Biffy Clyro perform ‘Folding Stars’ in a Virgin Radio Session

Would that be a sure-fire way to a beating?
“Exactly! Actually, there were two Russians found dead in a big ship, and they were docked across from our flat. There were two dead Russians facing me when I got back from Madrid. And a young mum was stabbed to death just up the road. Ayrshire is kicking off. People are losing their f*****g minds, I can’t believe it.”

The Daily Mail can always blame it on emo.
“It’s unbelievable. Movies and music cannot make people into psychopaths. It’s got nothing to do with it! There’s always going to be something that triggers a maniac to do what they do. It’s nothing to do with what you listen to. We’d all be f*****g nuts if that was the case!”

Heard any good rumours about yourself lately?
“No, I try and stay far away from news about our band as possible. Before the Foo Fighters shows everyone kept saying we were playing with them, which was just because Dave Grohl’s nicked my beard and hair combo.”

Biffy Clyro support Bon Jovi at Twickenham Stadium on 27 June 2008
‘Mountains’ is released on 25 August 2008 on 14th Floor Records