Biffy Clyro call 2015 their ‘year off’

Drummer Ben Johnston says band will spend time recording their new album next summer

Biffy Clyro drummer Ben Johnston has told NME that 2015 will be a relatively quiet year for the band.

Speaking about their live plans for next year, following headline sets this past summer at T In The Park and Isle of Wight, Johnston said: “I think we’ll have a quiet one… We don’t like to be in people’s faces too much. The last thing we want is for people to get bored of us, so you could almost call it a year off.” He added that the band still may play a couple of special shows, however: “You never know, we may pop up somewhere.”

Currently working on the follow-up to 2013’s double album ‘Opposites’, Johnston said they’ll be recording the LP next summer: “It’s coming along; we’re not in any massive rush at all – we don’t want to anything that’s not perfect. We’re working hard – we’ve got too many songs, which is great! A great place to be at.”

The trio will be demoing a number of tracks in January. “We’ll see where we’re at, and then we’ll go and record early summer next year,” he said. “There’s a large batch of songs.”

When asked which studio they’ll be working in next year, Johnston said that nothing has been finalised yet, but that they would like to record somewhere ‘exotic’. “It’s going to be somewhere exotic, I think!” he said. “We always like to get away from Scotland to record – we try and go somewhere different from here, with sunshine and a bit a of warmth. We’ll see what happens.”

Biffy Clyro will play a run of special, sold-out shows at Glasgow Barrowlands over the next week. They will appear at the venue on December 6, 7 and 8, with fans helping to choose the setlists for the shows.