Biffy Clyro Breaks Through Across the Pond
After two certified gold albums in the United Kingdom, the forces behind Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro have launched a new campaign to break through to a bigger audience in America. With marketing and promotions in full swing, the band’s latest album, Only Revolutions, has certainly found the praise of Internet bloggers, radio DJs and the average listener alike. In many ways, it seems that this current album will be the one that breaks Biffy Clyro through to the United States on a much wider level – for a multitude of reasons.
The overall final product of Only Revolutions is one that provides a solid mix of rock-oriented music. Some songs provide aggressive rock riffs while others, such as the band’s current single, “Many of Horror,” present simple heartfelt lyrics that transition to symphonic anthems. The songs are relatable and playful, yet filled with incredible amounts of emotion. First-time listeners will draw similarities to fellow UK band Snow Patrol, yet will undoubtedly find the distinct edge that makes Biffy Clyro unique. For their newest album, Biffy Clyro worked once again with producer Garth Richardson at the famed Ocean Way studios in Los Angeles. Many of the lyrics seem to come from guitarist Simon Neil’s perspectives on relationships.
Without a doubt, Biffy Clyro has become a band known for their high-energy live shows. As a three-piece band, the group performs without the additional support of other touring members – a remarkable feat considering the musical output of the band. A certainly unique aspect of Biffy Clyro is the fact that all three members sing on recordings. While Simon acts as the lead vocalist, brothers James Johnston and Ben Johnston provide harmonies that add to the fullness of the individual songs. The acclaimed live shows and popularity across the Atlantic have led to the band being an opener for acts such as Muse, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones and The Who. When they band headlines their own shows, they’ve booked venues as large as 10,000 people. However, when the band played in San Diego last week, they served as the opener for Manchester Orchestra at the House of Blues. This division in venue size from one side of the pond to the other is absolutely amazing.
If one is to look at musical trends throughout the history of rock music certain things can become increasingly clear – popularity in the United Kingdom can be a great predictor of the success of a band in the United States. Classic acts such as The Beatles and modern success stories such as Kings of Leon all found their initial fame across the Atlantic. With the continued push of Biffy Clyro, I’m sure that they’ll break through and achieve the same amount of success that the band has had in England.