SIMON ALEXANDER NEIL (born 31 August 1979) is a Scottish vocalist ,
guitarist , and songwriter .
He is known for his work in the bands
Biffy Clyro and Marmaduke Duke
* 1 Career
* 1.3 Solo career
* 2 Personal life
* 3 Musical equipment used
* 3.1 Guitars
* 3.2 Effects pedals
* 3.3 Previous effects pedals
* 3.4 Amplifiers
* 4 Discography
* 4.3 Other appearances
* 5 References
Simon Neil 2 Main article:
Irvine, North Ayrshire
Irvine, North Ayrshire ,
Simon Neil formed Biffy
Clyro in 1995 at 15 years old recruiting
Kilmarnock -born James
Johnston and someone known only as Barry on bass and drums
respectively, calling themselves Skrewfish. Barry was soon replaced
by Ben Johnston , James's twin brother, and
Biffy Clyro was
effectively formed. In 1997, the trio moved to
Glasgow , where Neil
studied Electronics with Music at the University of
Glasgow . He also
Studied Film and TV for a year before leaving to pursue music
full-time. By then, Simon's musical tastes had expanded; In 2000, the
band were spotted at the Unsigned Bands stage at
T in the Park
T in the Park by a
Beggars Banquet representative. Soon after, the band was signed to the
independent Beggar's Banquet.
Biffy Clyro have since released seven albums, signed to a major
record label, and toured relentlessly. Neil has stated that Biffy
Clyro lyrics often come from phrases he writes down in a notebook he
keeps by his bed.
Neil plays with
JP Reid of fellow Ayrshire group
Marmaduke Duke , under the pseudonym "The Atmosphere", which released
their first album,
The Magnificent Duke , in 2005.
It was announced in late 2008 that the Duke was to make a return in
2009 with the follow-up album and second in the trilogy, Duke
Pandemonium . The first single from the second album, "Kid Gloves" was
released on 9 February 2009.
Neil performs under the name ZZC. His debut single, "To The Bone",
was used in the
BBC ’s ‘Radio 1 Rescores: Drive (curated by Zane
Lowe )’ project. His debut solo album will be released in 2017.
Neil lives in Ayr with his wife Francesca, whom he married at St
Columba Church in Ayr on 5 January 2008. The song "
God Only Knows
God Only Knows " by
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys was used for their first dance, and Neil has the song's
chorus, "God only knows what I'd be without you", tattooed on his
chest. He is a supporter of Scottish Premiership side
MUSICAL EQUIPMENT USED
The following is a list of musical equipment used by Simon Neil:
* Fender Standard Stratocasters – Various different Mexican
models, including White, Red, Sunburst (with neck pickup & controls
removed), Black, and Metallic Blue.
* Fender 1960 Custom Shop Stratocasters – Fiesta Red, Frost
Metallic, Lake Placid Blue, and White.
* Fender 50s Stratocaster Relic
Fender Telecaster Standard – USA model, owned by James
Johnston, three tone sunburst, can be seen in the music video for
Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies ".
Fender Telecaster Custom '62 – Japanese model, three tone
sunburst, can be seen in the music video for "Only one word comes to
Simon Neil Signature Stratocaster
Patrick Eggle New York – Red.
Gretsch White Falcon
Gretsch White Falcon Used live for the song "Diary of Always" and
is seen in the music video for "
Folding Stars "
Gibson ES-335 – used live for "God ">
Biffy Clyro Biography on Beggar\'s Banquet USA
* ^ "
Biffy Clyro frontman
Simon Neil opens up on battle with
depression". Daily Record.
* ^ Ayshire Post, 9 January 2008, Sweet music
* ^ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U BiffyTabs Equipment
* ^ A B C "
Biffy Clyro –
Guitar Rig Gear and
* JP REID
* SIMON NEIL
* Ben Johnston
* James Johnston
* Fergus Munro
The Magnificent Duke
* "Rubber Lover "
* "Silhouettes "
* Captains of Industry
SIMON NEIL JAMES JOHNSTON BEN JOHNSTON ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL
Mike Vennart Richard "Gambler" Ingram
The Vertigo of Bliss
* Revolutions: Live at Wembley
* Opposites: Live from
* Missing Pieces
* "Iname "
* "27 "
* "57 "
Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys "
The Ideal Height "
* "Questions and Answers "
Eradicate the Doubt "
* "There\'s No Such Thing as a Jaggy Snake "
Glitter and Trauma "
My Recovery Injection "
Only One Word Comes to Mind "
Saturday Superhouse "
Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies "
Folding Stars "
* "Machines "
* "Who\'s Got a Match? "
* "Mountains "
That Golden Rule "
* "The Captain "
Many of Horror "
* "Bubbles "
* Beggars Banquet
14th Floor Records
Mark Z. Danielewski
* British Theatre
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