The Buzz Discovery Series is an ongoing concert event that introduces you to new music. Join us May 18th at Mercy Lounge with our next Buzz Discovery Series with Biffy Clyro!
Biffy Clyro came together in 1995 in a school in Kilmarnock, just outside of Glasgow, when childhood friends Simon Neil (vocals/guitar) and twins James (bass/vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums/vocals) started playing music together. United by a love of underground, experimental rock and post-hardcore bands such as Braid and Karate, along with the starrier likes of Guns N’Roses and Metallica, they quickly honed their own unique sound, a mind boggling mix of off-kilter tempos, itchy, unpredictable guitars, soulful choruses and feral screams, sewn together into a strange tapestry of sound that sat resolutely apart anything else being made at the time, both in spirit and – thanks to their admirable refusal to uproot from their hometown for the dog eat dog music community of London – geographically too.
Their first three albums – ‘Blackened Sky’, ‘The Vertigo Of Bliss’ and ‘Infinity Land’ – arrived in a barrage of creativity, a record released every year and relentless touring building up a small but devoted army of followers. Team Biffy’s ranks grew exponentially when ‘Puzzle’ came along and stunned listeners with its achingly personal, rich and complex take on rock anthems, and Simon, James and Ben found themselves playing Wembley Stadium with Muse, headlining the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury and gigging with The Rolling Stones. U2 even supported them at a special Little Noise session at London’s Union Chapel, although the highlight for the band came when they headlined in front of a hometown crowd at Glasgow’s SECC.
“That’s where I saw Metallica in 1991,” says Simon. “We played there last December, in that same room. It’s amazing how things work out.”
“There’s’ a variety of sounds to be had on ELLIPSIS, and they’re all sharp, smart and worth hearing many times consecutively. Powerful and happening in a very big way.” – Music Aficionado
“Biffy Clyro isn’t your traditional post-rock band. They don’t want to lose their sense of discovery and adventure. [On} ELLIPSIS, the band finally expands its sound beyond the organic.” — Paste
“Hard rock never goes out of style. On ELLIPSIS, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro tap into that perpetual demand for souped –up riffage and more high-octane jams that hit the genres’ sweet spot.” – Entertainment Weekly
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