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MUSIC Biffy Clyro From their humble beginnings

Published 15 Jan 2018 11:23AM

Words by Mark McConville

From their humble beginnings, Scottish band Biffy Clyro elevated and burst through to the mainstream. It was a rapid affair after they circled the underground for many years. Although it took time for the act to become a popular phenomenon, they garnered a massive following. Fans flocked to see them in small, sweaty bars and venues, bellowing and drinking into the night.

Debut record Blackened Sky showcased flashes of brilliance when it was released in 2002. It spawned four singles, rooting Biffy Clyro as a band to watch. The album was raw and harsh, but many fans adored its unconventional sound. The Vertigo Of Bliss followed and became a staple for many rock experts. It is a record tuned to evoke emotion.

The band let loose Infinity Land in 2004. The darkness overthrew the light, the lyrical content barged open a new direction, the overall sound flourished into something completely original. Lead singer Simon Neil let his mind release fables, stories of repent and heartache. It is Biffy Clyro’s tribute to the macabre.

Breaking through to the mainstream is always difficult for a band, even one with a fanatical fan-base. But Biffy Clyro were on the cusp, they were ready to escape the underground fever and stumble upon the commercial glory land. Although the band wanted to build a home in paradise, where money was more accessible, where fame beckoned, they still kept their hearts on the line and their beliefs concreted.

In 2007, Biffy Clyro entered the studio under a new label. 14th Floor had taken the rising Ayrshire band on, and they knew that mainstream success was inevitable. What the band created was stellar and beyond what they produced prior.

Puzzle was born, and it lit many lights for Biffy Clyro. It is a record magnificent in its delivery. It’s poignant, it’s fast-paced, it’s sombre and complete. Simon Neil, James Johnstone, Ben Johnstone, grew as musicians when creating Puzzle. They embarked on throwing their all into the mix, their formidable musical talents sparked fully.

Biffy Clyro honoured their sound on Puzzle but added technical components. It sounds polished without falling into a poppy mess. Songs such as Saturday Super house, Folding Stars and the emotive Machines all became huge hits. The band truly excelled here, blossoming into a powerhouse band who would go on to play arenas and stadiums.

Puzzle is Biffy Clyro’s complete album. It dazzles, it thrives in a live setting. Since its arrival onto the rock circuit, it has become a revelation. Even thousands of pop fanatics have hit play, falling profoundly in love with what they’re hearing. And nowadays Biffy Clyro play massive shows, but still, present themselves as classy musicians who play home gigs too.

The band has grown into a superb unit, and Puzzle has aided them on their way to becoming a rock monster. They have championed technical rock since the days of Blackened Sky, they’ve managed to pulverise the norm, saluting their fans and modest start.



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