Arcane Roots Blood & Chemistry PIAS Recordings 06 May 2013
by Gavin Lloyd
Ever since Arcane Roots started seeping into people’s consciousness, there has been one comparison that has repeatedly been brought up. A little band who have recently scored a number one album and completed a sold-out arena tour of the country by the name of Biffy Clyro. There’s no disputing the two bands have their similarities, with frontman Andrew Groves even looking pretty similar to Simon Neil.
We know someone who flew all the way from the USA to watch Biffy Clyro sub-headline the Main Stage on the Saturday Night at Download Festival 2012. That’s the kind of dedication this band inspires. That’s the kind of band Biffy Clyro are.
Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here.
All our work from Sonisphere Festival 2011 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and some tiny reviews), rumours, drinking games, stage times, dodgy photos of as many sexy ladies in various states of safe-for-work undress as we can legitimately get away with? It’s all here.
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.
Yes, there might be a member of Gallows in newly-formed punk rockers, Spy Catcher but there’s a whole load more to this band than just that. We caught up with frontman Steve Sears to talk about his new band.
When it comes to hot British bands upon whose shoulders apparently lies the weight of the world, they don’t come much hotter than Gallows. Lauded and damned in equal measure, Grey Britain is the most important record of their career.
A million words have been written, spoken, spat and shat about the Watford punk rockers signing to a major label plus other non-punk-associated endorsements as well as the relative disappointment of their debut, Orchestra Of Wolves compared to their live show. It doesn’t matter. As soon as this record came into existence, none of that mattered.
Biffy Clyro singer/guitarist Simon Neil took the time to have a chat with Anne Waites about his Top 5 favourite eccentrics in the world of rock. We agreed that there are a lot and that beards are very important.
Rivers Cuomo, Weezer
“He went through the huge beard phase, tried to deconstruct the technique of writing a pop song, sat in his room painted black for three years, realised he didn’t want to do it and now he plays soccer and he’s letting the other guys in the band write songs. He’s probably my favourite eccentric ever.”
Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses
“Total genius! I think I’m the only person in the world that still rates Axl Rose. I’m mega excited about the new Guns N’ Roses album. He’s the only person that could spend 50 million dollars of a record label’s money. That’s something brilliant in my eyes. It’s shaped up to be a corking record.”
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
The day before Metallica play London O2 Arena, they performed a very special show for the BBC to just 300 people. Lifelong ‘Tallica fan, Tony Hampton was there to soak up the atmosphere.
Ok, so everyone at this special BBC Radio 1 Presents… show should be off down the deed poll office to change their middle names to ‘lucky fucker’.
The atmosphere is incredible. Including fans, media types and the odd musician’ (Flea and Simon Neil among others) there arre just 300 people here to witness the mightiest of the mighty.
Metal legends Metallica.
As they hit the stage with an opening brace of newbies ‘That Was Just Your Life’ and ‘End of the Line’ its clear they band are relaxed and enjoying themselves, while remaining tight they’re obviously having fun.
Death Magnetic material sounds dynamic, fresh, heavy as hell and just like proper Metallica should.
A nice dip into the often overlooked Load, which did produce some good moments, era with ‘Until It Sleeps’ follows, ‘Broken, Beat and Scarred’ and ‘Cyanide’ – anyone who doesnt like that runaway Maiden-style riff has serious issues – and straight into ‘Frantic’ which is a brilliant and brutal song, live or otherwise, whatever people say about St Anger.
Watch the video to ‘The Day That Never Comes’ by Metallica
‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, sublime, utterly sublime and into ‘Day That Never Comes’. What follows is the most memorable though as Hetfield messes up the intro to ‘Master Of Puppets’ and get a sound ribbing from both band and audience.
He laughs it off. And its truly heartwarming to see them enjoying this event so much. You see, Metallica really do care about their fans, always have and thats not changed now they can sell out the enormodomes of this world.
Some bands make people pay for meet and greets at shows, to pick up some pocket money. This will never be the Metallca way.
They finish with ‘Blackened’. Necks snap, grown men with huge beards openly weep. Tomorrow night they will tear the 02 a brand new A-hole in front of 18,000 people for the official launch party for Death Magnetic.
This really is a great time to be a Metallica fan.