'It's gonna be a fun night,' says Ben Johnston of the show at London's Troxy this Saturday (November 22)
The gig is Biffy Clyro’s first headline show in the UK since they headlined Scotland’s T In The Park festival this summer.
“There won’t be nearly as many fireworks,” joked the trio’s drummer Johnston of Saturday night’s show. “The set will be a little bit shorter than at T In The Park unfortunately but we’re just gonna try and mix it up a little bit. It’s coming to the end of the year we don’t want to do the same old stuff, so we’ll try and change it up from what we’ve done previously in England this year. We did Isle of Wight this year, so we’ll try and make it different from that as well. Something we try and do is keep it a bit spicy.”
Though the band are currently demoing songs for the follow-up to 2013’s double album ‘Opposites’, they won’t be playing any new material on the night.
He confirmed: “No. That’s a definite no – we’re not ones to air anything until we’re almost bored of it and certain it’s exactly how it’s supposed to be. We’ve made that mistake in the past, playing new songs quite early on and they end up nothing like that on the record, and it’s always a bit frustrating for people.”
It will be the first time that the band have played a headline set at The Troxy in Limehouse, east London. The venue is known for hosting cage fighting contests as well as gigs. “Is that right?!” said Johnston. “I’m actually a lover of mixed martial arts and I watch it all time on the television, I used to study martial arts as well, so I love me a bit of cage fighting. If we’re in the same building, hopefully we can channel a bit of that aggression.”
As well as a set from Slaves, the evening will also see an appearance from rock two-piece Huxtable, who are from the same town as Biffy Clyro. The band won Relentless’ Here to be Heard competition after beating their competitors in a public vote. The Kilmarnock act had previously been shortlisted from more than 300 entries by NME’s new music editor Matt Wilkinson and Reading and Leeds Festival’s head booker Jon McIIdowie. Speaking about Huxtable, Johnston commented: “I’m excited to see them… I actually know one of the band members, he was in a band with my younger brother back in the day!”
Huxtable is made up of Jordan Yates and Marc Williams-Brown, who have been playing together for almost a year. Yates said of the gig: “[Biffy Clyro] have been idols of mine ever since I was a wee boy, learning to play guitar and being in a band. Whatever else came after that, I’m not sure it would ever be topped.”
The Relentless Live gig will be Biffy Clyro’s final London gig of 2014.
For more info on Relentless’ Here To Be Heard, click here