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BIFFY CLYRO are a Scottish rock band that formed in Kilmarnock , East Ayrshire , composed of Simon Neil (guitar, lead vocals), James Johnston (bass, vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums, vocals). Currently signed to 14th Floor Records , they have released seven studio albums, four of which (_Puzzle _, _ Only Revolutions _, _ Opposites _ and _Ellipsis )_ reached the top five in the UK Albums Chart , with their sixth studio album, _Opposites_ claiming their first UK number-one album. After their first three albums, the band expanded their following significantly in 2007 with the release of their fourth, _Puzzle _, creating more mainstream songs with simpler rhythms and distancing themselves from the more unusual dissonant style that was present in their previous three albums. _Puzzle_ peaked at number 2 on the official UK album charts on 16 June 2007. The album went Gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 units, and later in 2012 went Platinum in the UK, having sold over 300,000 copies.

The band released _ Only Revolutions _ in 2009 which reached No. 3 in the UK chart and went gold within days of its release in 2009, going platinum later in 2010 (achieving double-platinum status in August of 2011) and receiving a Mercury Music Prize nomination. _Only Revolutions_ included the UK hit singles "Mountains ", "That Golden Rule " and " Many of Horror " all of which reached the UK Top Ten. The latter reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart after _The X Factor _ 2010 winner, Matt Cardle covered the song, and became the UK number one Christmas single for the year 2010. In 2011 the band was nominated for the Brit Awards for Best British Group. At the 2013 NME Awards , they received the award for Best British Band. On 25 August 2013 Biffy Clyro
headlined the main stage at Leeds "> Biffy Clyro performing live in Leeds, 2006

After playing gigs around Glasgow
and receiving positive and enthusiastic reactions from audiences, the band were spotted by Dee Bahl, who soon became their manager. Bahl offered them a chance to release an independent single on Aereogramme 's Babi Yaga record label: "Iname " was released on 28 June 1999, with Northsound Radio's Jim Gellatly (later of Beat 106 this was repeated again on 4 February 2002, when the song "57 " was released. On 11 March, the band's debut album, _ Blackened Sky _, was released to generally positive reviews. It was around this time that the band began touring extensively, including supporting Weezer
on 20 March at the Barrowlands in Glasgow . On 15 July, the fourth single from the album, " Joy.Discovery.Invention ", was released as a double A-side with a newly recorded song called "Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys " (which would later also appear on their next album _The Vertigo of Bliss _).

In 2003, the band retreated to the Linford Manor recording studio in Great Linford , Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
, England, to record the follow-up to _Blackened Sky_. On 24 March, a new single was released called "The Ideal Height ", followed by a further new single "Questions and Answers " on 26 May. The band's second album, _ The Vertigo of Bliss _ was released on 16 June, to positive reviews which focused on the more experimental style of the album in comparison to _Blackened Sky_, as well as the introduction of string sections.

After touring relentlessly for _The Vertigo of Bliss_, the band retreated to Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth
, Wales to record a follow-up album. As with the previous album, two singles were released before the actual album: " Glitter and Trauma " and "My Recovery Injection " on 9 August and 20 September respectively. An additional digital download was also released on 31 May, called "There\'s No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake ". On 4 October, the band's third album, _ Infinity Land _ was released, followed by the final single from the album, " Only One Word Comes To Mind ", on 14 February 2005. On 16 February, the band performed a cover of Franz Ferdinand\'s "Take Me Out " live from Maida Vale
Maida Vale
on Zane Lowe 's BBC Radio 1 show.

Simon Neil's side project Marmaduke Duke also released an album in 2005, known as _The Magnificent Duke_. He toured the UK together with the Johnston twins accompanying on bass and drums.


In 2006, Biffy Clyro
left Beggars Banquet and signed a deal with 14th Floor, an offshoot of Warner Bros . In September, the band went to Canada to record their fourth album at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver (where it was engineered by Mike Fraser ), and The Farm Studio in Gibsons . From these sessions the song " Semi-Mental " was released as a digital download on 25 December. On 5 March 2007 " Saturday Superhouse " was released, reaching No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart , the band's highest single chart position to date.

_Puzzle _ was released in June and helped the band to reach their highest UK Albums Chart position ever, hitting No. 2 in the first week of release, also reaching No. 17 in Ireland, and No. 39 in the overall world charts. The album is certified Gold in the UK, having sold over 220,000 copies, and as of February 2009 has sold over 300,000 worldwide. This album is notable for having somewhat more straightforward song structures and a more melodic overall sound than their previous work, while still retaining some more unusual elements. _Puzzle_ was voted the best album of 2007 by Kerrang! and Rock Sound . On 25 August, it was announced that "Machines " would be the next single from _Puzzle_, which was released on 8 October.

Support slots for acts such as Muse (at the new Wembley Stadium ), The Who
The Who
, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Rolling Stones were significant in expanding Biffy's fan base. The band also played the Download 2007 , Glastonbury 2007 , Reading and Leeds Festival and T in the Park for a record seventh time. The band opened for Linkin Park during January on their European tour. In 2008, the band toured with Queens Of The Stone Age on their European and North American tours for Era Vulgaris , and opened for New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
at Twickenham during the Lost Highway Tour . In December 2008 the band played their biggest headline shows, including a date at Glasgow's 10,000 capacity SECC .


The band released a new single entitled "Mountains " in July 2008, which reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart – the band's first song to reach the top 10, and their highest charting single to date. "Mountains" would later be included on their new album.

In an interview with the NME, the band stated that they had started work on a follow up to _Puzzle _, with Simon Neil saying that the album would include some of the band's "heaviest riffs to date". In an interview with XFM, Ben Johnston revealed that the forthcoming album would be "Oli Coates", and that they already had 16 demos laid down. Simon Neil told Kerrang magazine about the new album on 8 December, playfully saying "The soft bits are softer, and the hard bits are harder...", mocking how bands always label their new albums the most heavy and yet melodic so far. The band worked with _Puzzle_ producer Garth Richardson once again at Ocean Way studios . Many videos were shown on the internet of them playing along to Shania Twain 's "You\'re Still the One ". A Kerrang! magazine article, published in March 2009, stated that they planned to enter the studio in April, revealing a working title for the upcoming album: "Boom, Blast and Ruin". A series of weekly updates on their official site slowly revealed letters of the new album title, and, after Rock Sound mistakenly revealed the album's name as "Only Exceptions", it was officially announced that the album would be titled _Only Revolutions_.

In July 2009, Kerrang reported that they were filming the video for the first single from the album, " That Golden Rule ". It was filmed on 1 July in London, with the band saying that the song is "like Kyuss and Tool playing with some Scottish freaks screaming over the top of it." "That Golden Rule" got its first play on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show on 8 July, playing the song twice in a row; it was then announced that the single would be released on 23 August 2009. It went on to reach No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart . Just before the official release of " That Golden Rule ", Biffy Clyro
performed on the main stage at V Festival , their second appearance at the festival (the first time being in 2006, in a much earlier slot; during their set on the Chelmsford leg, the band experienced power failures twice during the opening song " Glitter and Trauma ").

"The Captain " was released as a single on 26 October 2009, following its first radio play on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show on 8 September. _Only Revolutions _ was released on 9 November 2009. On 24 February 2010, "The Captain " won an NME Award for Best Video.

Biffy Clyro
were confirmed to be supporting Muse for 14 dates on their European tour, including Wembley Stadium on 11 September, performing after I Am Arrows and White Lies . Biffy Clyro
performed on the Main Stage at the T in the Park , Oxegen and Reading and Leeds music festivals in 2010. The band were also slated to perform at New Zealand's largest music festival Rhythm "> James Johnston performing live with Biffy Clyro
at Rock am Ring, 2013

On 2 and 3 July 2011 Biffy Clyro
supported Foo Fighters in front of 130,000 fans (65,000 each night) at the Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Bowl in the U.K. On Saturday 9 July 2011, Biffy Clyro
headlined the main stage (Apollo Stage) at Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House . The following day, they headlined the main stage (West Stage) at Wakestock in Cardigan Bay , North Wales
North Wales
. Biffy Clyro
opened for Metallica in Bangalore, India in 2011.

The band revealed via the NME that they would release two studio albums in 2012, _The Land at the End of Our Toes_, and _The Sand at the Core of Our Bones_. From 17 May 2012, the band allowed fans to watch the recording process of _The Land at the End of Our Toes_ and _The Sand at the Core of Our Bones_ via a webcam link-up on their official website. The live feed has confirmed the involvement of frequent Biffy Clyro
producer Garth Richardson, who also produced _Puzzle_ and _Only Revolutions_.

On 30 July 2012, the band announced on Twitter that a new track titled "Stingin' Belle" would be given its official premiere in the UK on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show the following evening, and that the music video for the song would be available from 9pm for 12 hours to members of the band's official fan club. At 19:37 BST on Tuesday 31 July, Simon Neil confirmed on Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1 that the new album title would be _ Opposites _ . Their new single titled Black Chandelier premièred on BBC Radio 1 on 19 November 2012. The band announced they would be playing a large arena tour through March/April 2013, including London's The O2 Arena
The O2 Arena
, with City and Colour in support.

On Sunday 3 February 2013, _Opposites_ topped the UK Albums Charts, giving Biffy Clyro
their first number one album. The next day, it was announced on BBC Radio 1 by Zane Lowe that they were the second headliner for Reading ">


Johnston performing live with Biffy Clyro
at Rock am Ring, 2016

The band announced that 2015 would be their 'year off.' In an interview with 3FM in June 2014, Neil stated that " will take a quiet year next year and disappear so people don't get sick of the lovely Biffy." In the same interview he stated that they were working on about 19 new songs, but felt it was too early to play them live. He confirmed that a new album was coming, most likely towards the end of 2015. The new album will feature tracks including "Wolves Of Winter", "Friends and Enemies", "Animal Style", "Re-arrange", "Herex”, “Medicine”, “Flammable", “On A Bang", “Small Wishes”, “Howl”, “People”, “Don’t, Won’t, Can’t” (deluxe release only), “In the Name of the Wee Man” (deluxe release only), and a film documenting the recording of Ellipsis (deluxe release only).

The first single "Wolves of Winter" was exclusively played as Hottest Record on Monday 21 March 2016 on Radio 1. On Monday 21 March 2016, during the live premiere of "Wolves of Winter" on Hottest Record on Beats 1, Zane Lowe , Neil announced that the band's new album will be titled _Ellipsis_ . The album, due for release on 8 July 2016, was made available to pre-order in a limited edition box set on the Biffy Clyro
web store.

Ellipsis was released on 8 July 2016, entering the UK charts at number 1. Following the successful launch of Ellipsis, the band performed co-headline slots (co-headlining with Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy
) at the Reading Wolves of Winter, Animal Style, Biblical, That Golden Rule, Friends the band have since met Danielewski, discovering that he was a fan when he attended one of their shows.


Current members

* Simon Neil – lead guitar, piano, theremin, lead vocals * James Johnston – bass guitar, synthesizer, vocals * Ben Johnston – drums, vocals

Touring members

* Mike Vennart – guitar, backing vocals (2007; 2010–present) * Richard "Gambler" Ingram – guitar, piano (2012–present)


* Early tours (1998–01) * Blackened Sky (2002) * The Vertigo of Bliss Tour (2003–04) * Infinity Land Tour (2004–06) * Puzzle Tour (2007–09) * Only Revolutions Tour (2009–12) * Opposites Tour (2012–14) * Ellipsis Tour (2016-17)


Main article: Biffy Clyro
discography Studio albums

* _ Blackened Sky _ (2002) * _ The Vertigo of Bliss _ (2003) * _ Infinity Land _ (2004) * _Puzzle _ (2007) * _ Only Revolutions _ (2009) * _ Opposites _ (2013) * _Ellipsis _ (2016)


Biffy Clyro
awards and nominations


AWARD Wins Nominations

Brit Awards 0 2

MTV Europe Music Awards 0 1

NME Awards 4 5

Q Awards 2 4

Radio 1 Teen Awards 1 1

Kerrang! Awards 3 4

Bandit Rock Awards 0 2

Barclaycard Mercury Prize 0 1


Awards won 10

Nominations 20

MTV Europe Music Awards


2007 Biffy Clyro New Sounds of Europe, Regional Competition Nominated

Bandit Rock Awards


2009 Biffy Clyro Best International Breakthrough Act Nominated

2009 Only Revolutions Best International Album Nominated

Kerrang! Awards


2010 Biffy Clyro Best British Band Nominated

2010 The Captain Best Music Video Won

2011 Biffy Clyro Classic Songwriter Won

2013 Opposites Best Album Won

NME Awards


2010 The Captain Best Music Video Won

2011 Biffy Clyro Best British Band Nominated

2011 Biffy Clyro Best Live Band Won

2013 Biffy Clyro Best British Band Won

2016 Biffy Clyro Best British Band Won

Barclaycard Mercury Prize


2010 Only Revolutions Album of the Year Nominated

Radio 1 Teen Awards


2010 Bubbles Best Song Won

Q Awards


2010 The Captain Best Track Nominated

2010 The Captain Best Video Nominated

2011 Biffy Clyro Best Live Band Won

2013 Biffy Clyro Best Album Opposites Won

BRIT Awards


2011 Biffy Clyro Best British Group Nominated

2017 Biffy Clyro Best British Group Nominated


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