Biffy Clyro talk new album: ‘It’s the best record we’ve made, it’s pint-in-the-face rock’

Scottish band will release seventh album in 'April or May'

Biffy Clyro have discussed their upcoming new album in interview with NME.

The Scottish band are currently preparing to release their follow-up to 2013’s ‘Opposites’, speaking about the LP in this week’s free NME.

Of their forthcoming seventh album, frontman Simon Neil said: “We’re [recording] it in Eldorado studios in Los Angeles with Rich Costey [Muse, Frank Turner]. We needed a change after three records with Garth [Richardson]. Garth is very rock; he makes things sound classic. Rich wants to make things sound as fucked up as possible and that was a good switch mentally for us. We wanted to force ourselves to take a left turn, keep ourselves guessing.”

“For the first time ever we’ve been messing around properly with programming, so rather than making the heavy parts heavy with guitars and distortion, we’re trying to find different ways to make things intense,” Neill continued.


The singer also compared their new music to both the work of film director John Waters and that of rapper A$AP Rocky.

“It’ll be leaner and meaner than the last – no orchestras,” he added. “This album is going to be the opposite of cinematic. If the last records were kind of Ridley Scott, then this one is more John Waters. It’s quite dirty! We’ve taken a lot of influence from recent hip-hop records, like the latest A$AP Rocky – they’re so fucking good because they’ve got really grimy, dirty, horrible sounds with beautiful vocals, or vice versa. We’re trying to get that balance of things teetering on the edge of chaos the entire time. It’s going to sound like Biffy, but it’s about ‘rocking’ instead of ‘rock’.”

Neill described the album as the start of a new chapter: “For me, the first three albums we made were lo-fi, angular prog-metal and the last three were big-boy records – big, important music. This one is just embracing the chaos. This is the first one where we’ve been feeling our way in the dark a little. I think that’s exciting. This is probably the pre-teen album! The reboot.”

“It’s the first album where I’ve tried to come out fighting, give the people who’ve upset me a bit of what-for. I feel like this one is me saying that I know who I am, here are my strengths, here are my flaws, it is what it is… It’s fight rock, pint-in-the-face rock.”

Describing the album as the “best record we’ve made”, Neill confirmed that the LP should “come out in April or May”, although a firm release date has not yet been decided upon.

Biffy Clyro recently played new track ‘On A Bang’ live. Read NME‘s review of the song here.