Biffy Clyro’s New Album Will “Definitely” Be Out Next Year
It’s been four months since Biffy Clyro revealed that they were in the studio working on album number eight, and while it sounds like progress is going well, we won’t be hearing new music until next year.
Speaking to NME about the Scottish trio’s work out in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (who produced previous album Ellipsis, as well as records by Muse, Deftones and this year’s brilliant Berkeley’s On Fire by SWMRS), drummer Ben Johnston says that, “It will definitely be next year, man. It takes a while when you’re working with Rich Costey.”
Of the actual music itself, he continues: “It’s a work in progress and quite an overyielding beast at the moment, but we’ll get it into shape over the next few months. I mean, to be honest, [recent soundtrack album Balance, Not Symmetry] ended up being not particularly cinematic. To me, it was more like an album made by a bunch of different bands. There’s a lot of rock songs, verses and choruses on there. It’s probably the least soundtrack‑y soundtrack album that has ever been made.
“But, it’s definitely a lot more rocking on this album. It’s definitely a lot more rocking than Ellipsis was.”
Speaking to Kerrang! about the 17-song Balance, Not Symmetry soundtrack, frontman Simon Neil explained, “Unfortunately, timing-wise this has impacted our Ellipsis companion record, because there aren’t enough days in the year! The film will be named after the record and will share some dialogue and lyrics. The record will influence the film and then feed back to the music. It’s an unusual way to make a record, and that’s why I’m buzzing about it – it’s a different way to feel inspired.”
2019 also marks the 10-year anniversary of Biffy’s classic Only Revolutions album – one of the singles of which, Bubbles, features a guitar solo from Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme. “He came to the studio and listened to the song,” Simon told Kerrang! in New York during the mixing sessions, “and two minutes later, he was playing the best guitar solo you’ve ever heard.”
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