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Formed by the trio of Simon Neil (lead vocals, guitar), James Johnston (vocals, bass guitar) and Ben Johnston (vocals, drums) in Ayrshire, Scotland in the mid-'90s, Biffy Clyro is a Scottish rock group. At that time all three mid-teenager members worshipped the rock deity known as Nirvana. The band's sound is a heavy but melodic mixture of guitar, bass and drums, with all three band members contributing to vocals. They are known for complex and interwoven guitar picks, strums and melodies that change many times within each track. In 1997 the trio relocated to Glasgow to study audio engineering and electronics in music, but primarily to turn Biffy Clyro into a full-time proposition. Their range of influences which had Nirvana influence already broadened to include melodic emo/hardcore like Sunny Day Real Estate and Mineral.
After releasing their first EP, Thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow, via the Electric Honey record label, the band managed to secure some airplay on Scotland's BBC, which opened the way for even more notability within the Scottish music scene. Not long after, the trio signed a recording contract with Beggars Banquet and offered its first single, 27, in October of 2000. During the following months, the group played numerous live shows, including one opening slot for their longtime idols Weezer. In February of 2002, the crew offered yet another single, simply titled 57, before the release of their long-awaited debut full-length, Blackened Sky, issued in March of that same year.
The trio's thirty-date UK tour in 2003 saw sold out shows the length and breadth of the country, with six hundred rapturous converts cramming into London Underworld to sing every single word to every single song in what will turn out to be one of the capital's most over-subscribed gigs of 2003. 'Mon the Biffy! is a well known chant among Biffy fans usually shouted in between songs at gigs or before the band comes on stage. These recent rapturous shows are testament to Biffy Clyro's expanding fan base, one which transcends the usual demographic, and draws in both young kids falling in and out of love for the first time and those who've been waiting patiently for a band who exude that same heart-stopping dynamic and raw, bloodied purity last heard with Nirvana in '91. Biffy Clyro's next album 'The Vertigo Of Bliss' was recorded in one day. Ensconced in Great Linford Manor studio with Chris Sheldon they ripped through a set of fifteen songs and spent the rest of the week on Playstation. The result is a rich, diverse album of angular post-hardcore / alt-rock. In 2004, after touring relentlessly for The Vertigo of Bliss, the band retreated to Monnow Valley Studios 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. A digital download was also released; There's No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake, on 31 May. On 4 October, the band's third album, Infinity Land was released, and on 14 February 2005, the last single from the album, Only One Word Comes To Mind was released. On 16 February, the band performed a cover of Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out live from Maida Vale on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. Simon Neil's side project, Marmaduke Duke, also released an album in 2005, The Magnificent Duke, and toured the UK, along with the Johnston twins accompanying on bass and drums.
The band found real commercial success in 2007 with their fourth album, Puzzle. This album is seen as less heavy and experimental, and more widely accessible and has won wide critical acclaim. In ?Puzzle' they seem to have developed a more straightforward rock style, saying that they no longer need to make every song complex. The album has been championed on TV and radio, and Biffy has promoted it with a tour and many festival performances over the summer of 2007 (including a snippet of a live performance being used as the opening titles for the BBC coverage of T in the Park).