Band speak to NME at G8 protest gig in London
Biffy Clyro‘s Simon Neil has said that he would not rule out writing a protest song.
Neil, frontman with the Scottish trio, revealed that he is becoming “more aware of the outside world” as he gets older and that he can imagine writing a song with a message at some point in the future.
Speaking to NME at the recent agit8 concert held outside London’s Tate Modern, held at the same time as the G8 summit in Belfast, Neil said: “I don’t know if I’m quite eloquent enough but I wouldn’t rule it out. The songs I write have been mostly personal for years, but as everyone gets older you become more aware and more caring about the outside world and perhaps less inward looking. I think it takes an incredible talent – because music is entertainment, it shouldn’t be a lecture.”
Elsewhere in the feature, available in this week’s issue of NME, on newsstands now, Neil defends Bono (organiser of the agit8 gig) from his critics. “He’s the biggest rock star in the world – why not use that platform to get band and acts to help out and make people aware? He does get a raw deal. I understand people’s attitudes towards that but I don’t get it when it comes to charity. He’s done so much for AIDS in Africa and all of that; I think it’s admirable because there are so many rock and pop stars who don’t really do anything.”
Biffy Clyro covered Rage Against The Machine‘s ‘Killing In The Name’ during their surprise show at London’s Tate Modern gallery on June 12 – scroll down to see video footage of the performance. After kicking off with ‘Killing In The Name’, the band performed ‘Biblical’ from this year’s ‘Opposites’ album and recent B-side ‘The Rain’.
Biffy Clyro will now return to the European festival circuit where they have shows lined up all summer. They’re due back in the UK for sets at Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 23 and August 25 respectively.