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Simon Neil also admits to finding Matt Cardle cover 'funny'

Biffy Clyro have started writing their new album.

Although the band are currently on tour in the US, Simon Neil has revealed he used their recent time off to get stuck into songwriting.

“I love writing songs at home, so we’ve got about 15 or 16 songs that we did over new year,” he told BBC 6 Music. “As soon as we get off the road we’ll get the album done.”

The band already have a number of festival appearances lined up this summer, including Wakestock and Sonisphere.

Speaking about his plans for the new album, Neil insisted that the band are intending to evolve rather then reinvent themselves.

“We’re always going to be a rock band, it’s always going to be heavy, but hopefully [we’ll] just bring different elements. It’s always going to sound like Biffy. It’s not going to be a reggae record, put it that way.”

He also commented on the controversial X Factor cover of their track ‘Many Of Horror’, taken to the Christmas Number One spot by Matt Cardle: “We were in Australia when it happened, it seemed like a bit of a joke and it still feels a bit surreal so I don’t really know how to take it at all.

“Thankfully we weren’t in the UK. I think we might have thought about it a bit more but, because we were in Australia, we just thought, ‘Sod it, it’s funny.'”

Last week, Biffy Clyro were named Best Live Band at the Shockwaves NME Awards.