Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil on new material: ‘I’ve written my first ever beatbox song’

Band have begun demoing new songs ahead of 'Opposites' follow-up

Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil has discussed the new songs he has been writing, saying he has been experimenting with beatboxing, black metal and “stoner-reggae”.

The band, who will headline this year’s T In The Park festival in their native Scotland, speaks exclusively to NME as part of this week’s new issue, on newsstands now and available digitally.

Discussing plans for their new album, Neil says that he has a number of songs written and that the band have begun recording demos. “I’ve written about 14 songs,” says Neil. “I’m really fucking excited about it at the moment. I don’t want people to think the whole album sounds like this, but I’ve written my first ever beatbox song, and I’ve written a black metal pop song which I can’t wait for people to hear. There’s also some cool stoner reggae shit going on, believe it or not. It’s really exciting.”

Last month (April) the band played an intimate show at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut to celebrate the relaunch of XFM in Scotland, for audience of just 200 competition winners. The band’s 15-song acoustic set made room for some of their biggest hits, including ‘Stingin’ Belle’ – restyled as a country-rock stomper – and ‘Folding Stars’. But perhaps more notable were the smattering of rarities, including B-sides ‘Little Soldiers’, ‘The Rain’ and ‘Breatheher’, plus one previously-unreleased track titled ‘Here Come The Naturals’, which received its live debut.

Biffy Clyro released their last album ‘Opposites’ in January 2013.

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