Biffy Clyro on next album: ‘We’re really trying to fuck with the sound of what we do’

Simon Neil says Death Grips and Tears for Fears are major influences

Biffy Clyro have revealed some of the influences on their new album, teasing fans with a new sound on the follow up to 2013’s ‘Opposites’.

Speaking to DIY, frontman Simon Neil namechecks US metal band Deafheaven and ’80s pop act Tears For Fears as references for how he wants the new material to sound.

“My main aim of this record is that I want to make a record that sounds like Deafheaven meets Tears For Fears meets Death Grips,” he says. “I don’t know if we’ll get anywhere near it, but that’s the three touchstones of songwriting and sonic architecture that I want us to try and go for.”

He adds: “I truly believe that we’re doing something on this record that we haven’t ever tried to do before. We’re really trying to fuck with the sound of what we do, and we’re not trying to do it as a live band in a room.”

Earlier this year the band updated fans on the progress of the recording and shared studio pictures on Instagram. One of the images shows frontman Simon Neil in the recording booth, and is captioned: “Somebody help me sing!”

Other pictures show Neil at a sound desk and bassist James Johnston playing his guitar. See all four pictures below.

The trio previously stated that they have been in “musical hibernation” while working on the follow-up to to 2013’s double LP ‘Opposites’.

The band have also announced their first live performances of 2016, confirming that they will play Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals next summer.

Rock Am Ring takes place in Mendig, while Rock Im Park is held in Nuremberg. Both will run from June 3-5, 2016.