Biffy Clyro


Ayrshire’s Biffy Clyro have been knocking around for an impressive 16 years. Their career span is even more impressive given that it was only 2007’s Puzzle, their fourth album, that really brought them to the attention of the commercial mainstream.

A comparison to the cult turned stadium rockers Kings Of Leon would be misplaced, given that despite their success, Biffy have maintained the underdog status that gained them their initial fans.

Fresh from the stage at Plymouth Pavillions, bassist James Johnston told JEREMY WILLIAMS that their underdog tag “has never been based on where we saw ourselves. It has been an inherent inner feeling, both as people and as a band.”

As their steady climb to success proves, they “have never had lots of doors opened easily. We realised we’d have to work hard and get over people’s opinions about us. I guess we still do. I don’t think that will change in a hurry. I think that is something that is part of our make up as a group.”

Rather than giving in, Johnston and his chums (Simon Neil – guitar/lead vocals and Ben Johnston – drums/vocals) used the negativity to spur them on. “It has always given us a fighting spirit and a want to prove people wrong.”

Prove them wrong it has. Not only did the trio get a Mercury nomination for their latest release Only Revolutions but even beat Cheryl Cole to win Radio 1’s Teen Awards Best Song for The Captain.

Thankfully the new success “hasn’t really had a big effect” on the still humble trio. Their aim remains “to make music that makes us happy”. Having grown up “to make their own ambitions, which weren’t restricted by the boundaries of the time, Johnston is aware that “the connection with audiences at shows is the most important thing, that is the foundation.” Excited about their stint ‘down under’, Johnston shares the secret to their continued career. The sparks of their childhood friendship has ensured “the things that drive us haven’t changed, those feeling of playing or creating something together.”

Biffy Clyro are supporting Muse as well as playing a handful of solo shows around the country.
Acer Arena, Sydney: December 9, 10
The Factory, Sydney: December 11
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne: December 14, 15
Hi-Fi, Melbourne: December 16
Bassendean Oval, Perth: December 19