There's No Such Man As Biffy Clyro
yo I noticed when I saw Biffy in Sydney at Soundwave and at their sideshow, Simon doesn't use his sig strat during shows, but Vennart does. Do you happen to know why that is?
Interesting. I honestly have no idea. Perhaps Simon can just afford nicer guitars with all of his Opposites money? His signature strat hardly breaks the bank, as good as it is.
is there a reason why Simon messes up the second verse of who's got a match? :)
I’m guessing that it’s just some sort of pun. The line is “a series of facts that don’t compute the classic way”, so he’s imitating a computer crashing or glitching.
This little thing probably comes from me reading too much Cracked, but anyway. I tried to keep this as relevant as I could to both established long term fans and newer fans looking to explore Biffy’s extensive back catalogue. Hopefully there will be something for everyone.
1. I Know
You might be surprised to know that Rancid and Green Day were two of the guys favourite bands during their teens. Or perhaps you wouldn’t be if you’d heard this rollicking slice of pop-punk from their 1995 demo tape. Sounding like it could have been lifted straight from Green Day’s 1992 release Kerplunk!, it’s a standard pop-punk tale of teen love.
What to watch out for: The funky breakdown with the guitar slides.
While not exactly a huge rarity, being the second half of a b-side to 57, but with the length of it and it’s sister track Time As An Imploding Unit, Waiting For Green can easily be overlooked. This is a huge shame, as it’s one of the highlights of their early work. As usual for the Blackened Sky period, the lyrics are filled with pain and regret over love. The line “memories fade but regrets just make them stay forever, last forever” is as fine as anything Simon has written before or since.
What to watch out for: Simon and Ben’s duelling vocals on the outro. Spine-chilling.
Often referred to as “the forgotten song” by old-school fans, this classic first saw light of day on the extremely rare thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow EP. Occasionally used as an opener in order to frighten bar patrons into dropping their drinks in surprise, the loud/soft dynamics define this beautiful composition.
What to watch out for: The suspense filled buildup before the final drop into the cacophonous outro.
A b-side from The Ideal Height CDS, this song is a fan favourite for a reason. Chants of “SCISSORKICK” could be heard at almost any intimate Biffy show before the release of Puzzle. Featuring extensive vocal shifts from both the twins and Simon, and insane riff and time changes, for many fans it’s the definitive Biffy song.
What to watch out for: That part. You’ll know it when you hear it.
Another fan favourite, Bonanzoid is a b-side from the Glitter and Trauma CDS. One of Biffy’s most unusual tracks, it’s almost Jaggy’s opposite twin. The first half is a moody meandering affair, with deep reflective lyrics, whilst the second half is an explosive moshpit classic, with screamed vocals to rival Jaggy’s.
What to watch out for: The cheeky little angular hook right before the monster riff drops in.
Biffy Clyro covering Fleetwood Mac you say? That should be interesting. And indeed it is. This insanely complicated screamo reworking of the rock classic, performed on the John Peel Show in 2004, is the perfect example of how Biffy can take any song and put their own completely unique spin on it.
What to watch out for: The subtle shift from purposely aggressive to outright epic on the final chorus is pure genius.
Played extensively before the release of Puzzle, it was left off the album in favour of Love Has A Diameter. Featuring the vocal talents of Matt Caughthran of The Bronx, this track is quite simply an epic foray into hardcore punk, and is perhaps Simon’s rawest expression of his grief at the death of his mother. The fact that Biffy thought that this track was good enough to play at Reading in 2005 speaks volumes.
What to watch out for: Simon’s voice breaking up on the chorus.
This cover of a classic Scottish band’s tune is yet another example of Biffy bringing their unique spin to someone else’s work. Recorded in 2007 for an unreleased tribute album, this re-imagining of the song brings an edginess to it, with trippy guitars and harsh screaming vocals.
What to watch out for: Simon’s rolling screams on the outro.
This one mainly made it’s way onto this list by virtue of being AC/DC, and due to the fact that I know very few people have heard it, which I know because I’ve only just uploaded it to Youtube. Strangely enough, it was recorded at the home of metal in England, Donington Castle.
What To Watch Out For: The twins’ harmonies on the chorus.
10. Machines (Demo)
Far edgier and morbid than the finished version, the demo has many aspects in common with the more well known Rock Machines. The overall tone of the song is much darker without the soft cellos that adorn the album and single versions. The outro that it shares with Rock Machines only increases the eeriness of the song.
What to watch out for: The discordant chanting, rather than singing, of “take the pieces and build them skywards”.
The first 3 times it was played live, That Golden Rule had a different chorus to the version that appears on Only Revolutions. The chorus later surfaced on the b-side Street Love. Listen to an edit of the studio versions here.
What to watch out for: Nothing too surprising about this, if you know the two songs you won’t be shocked.
A b-side for Biffy’s Record Store Day vinyl single, CODN has fast become a fan favourite. Possibly Biffy’s most creative and ingenuitive composition since Scared Of Lots Of Everything, it was named for a poem by Scottish poet James Thomson. It’s Biffy Clyro at their creative best, changing time signatures more often than chords, and melding melodies with unerring ease.
What to watch out for: Simon’s pseudo-flamenco guitar work on the breakdown.
Well that’s that, Hope this introduced you to something new about Biffy Clyro!
Biffy Clyro - Behind The Scenes at Ramfest 2014