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Biffy Clyro - A Celebration of Endings - Album review

This is Biffy Clyro’s eighth record. (“It’s a band, not a man!” – the editor points out.)

For those not familiar with Biffy, yes, they are in fact a band, comprised of Simon Neil (guitar, lead vocals), James Johnston (bass, vocals), and Ben Johnston (drums, vocals). They formed in Kilmarnock in Scotland.

In 2013 they won the NME Award for Best British Band and their popularity has continued to soar. It’s not entirely known how they chose the name Biffy Clyro as numerous stories abound, involving a play on the name for Biro pens to the nickname of a real life spy who inspired the James Bond novels.

This latest album features the band’s trademark rock guitars, heavy riffs and thumping bass, such as on the track ‘Weird Leisure’. But there are some calmer moments, too as in the ballad-like ‘Space’.

The obvious anthem ‘Instant History’ is a stand-out track with its stomping, sing-along chorus. It’s no wonder the track was chosen by Radio 1’s Annie Mac as her ‘Hottest Record in the World..

Zoe Myall

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