Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil: 'I wish all British bands were like Arctic Monkeys'

"People can forget how productive they’ve been," he says of the Sheffield band

Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil: 'I wish all British bands were like Arctic Monkeys'

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Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil has praised Arctic Monkeys, saying that he wishes all British bands were like them.

Neil and his bandmates, Ben and James Johnston, played highlights from T In The Park on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on Monday night (July 14). Speaking about the different artists as they played live clips from last weekend's festival, the band were full of praise for their fellow headliners.

"People can forget how productive they’ve been," said Neil. "Really, they haven’t stopped at all. To still have that evolution in this record, to really take a huge step sideways and forward, it’s opened up the possibilities for the next 10 years for them as well. I wish all British bands were like this."

Aside from Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro also praised Haim, Chvrches and Royal Blood with Neil saying "It's just great to see a young band out there with serious aggression and knowledge of rock music, none of this kind of nonsense soft rock, you know like just a band that knows about riffs," of the Brighton duo.

Discussing the older material they have included in recent live shows, Ben Johnston from the band admitted that sometimes they have needed to jog their own memories to remember songs. "We played Ireland a couple of shows recently, and we played 'Hero Management' from the first record, and I don't know how truthful I should be here but in the practice room we had to get our iPods out."

Neil backed up his bandmate, "The amount of brain cells I’ve killed over the years! I messed up words, actually, I forgot the second verse of 'Victory Over The Sun' at T on Friday and it's always when I least expect it, 'cause the songs that I think I don’t know, that we haven’t played in a while inevitably are perfect, and there’s only a certain amount of room for a number of songs in my little brain, so whenever I write a new song it normally pushes an old one out!"

In addition to Biffy Clyro and Arctic Monkeys, T In The Park 2014 was also headlined by Calvin Harris. The EDM superstar brought actor Will Smith out onstage with him for the performance.

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