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Biffy Clyro
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Biffy Clyro performing live during the Ellipsis tour in Germany, July 2017.
Background information
Origin Fenwick, East Ayrshire, Scotland
Years active1995–present
Labels Beggars Banquet, 14th Floor, Roadrunner
Associated acts

Biffy Clyro are a Scottish rock band that formed in Fenwick, East Ayrshire, [2] composed of Simon Neil (guitar, lead vocals), James Johnston (bass, vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums, vocals). Currently signed to 14th Floor Records, they have released seven studio albums, four of which ( Puzzle , Only Revolutions , Opposites and Ellipsis) reached the top five in the UK Albums Chart, with their sixth studio album, Opposites claiming their first UK number-one album. [3] After their first three albums, the band expanded their following significantly in 2007 with the release of their fourth, Puzzle , creating more mainstream songs with simpler rhythms and distancing themselves from the more unusual dissonant style that was present in their previous three albums. Puzzle peaked at number 2 on the official UK album charts on 16 June 2007. The album went Gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 units, and later in 2012 went Platinum in the UK, having sold over 300,000 copies.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Fenwick is a village in East Ayrshire, Scotland, UK. In 2016, its population was estimated to be around 1200.

Simon Neil Scottish singer, guitarist and songwriter

Simon Alexander Neil is a Scottish vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter.


The band released Only Revolutions in 2009 which reached No. 3 in the UK chart and went gold within days of its release in 2009, going platinum later in 2010 (achieving double-platinum status in August 2011) and receiving a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Only Revolutions included the UK hit singles "Mountains", "That Golden Rule" and "Many of Horror" all of which reached the UK Top Ten. The latter reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart after The X Factor 2010 winner, Matt Cardle covered the song, and became the UK number one Christmas single for the year 2010. In 2011 the band was nominated for the Brit Awards for Best British Group. [4] At the 2013 NME Awards, they received the award for Best British Band. [5] On 25 August 2013 Biffy Clyro headlined the main stage at Leeds & Reading Festival. Based on their album and single certifications, the band have sold in excess of 1,240,000 albums and 400,000 singles in the UK alone.

Mountains (Biffy Clyro song) 2008 single by Biffy Clyro

"Mountains" is a single by Scottish band Biffy Clyro, released on 18 August 2008. Originally released as a non-album single, "Mountains" is the band's highest-charting single to date on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number five. It topped the Scottish Singles Chart, giving Biffy Clyro their third number one there. Outside the United Kingdom, "Mountains" reached number 55 in Australia and number 42 in Ireland. It was later included on the band's fifth studio album, Only Revolutions.

That Golden Rule 2009 single by Biffy Clyro

"That Golden Rule" is the second single to be taken from Scottish alternative rock trio Biffy Clyro's fifth studio album, Only Revolutions, released on 23 August 2009.

Many of Horror 2010 single by Matt Cardle and Biffy Clyro

"Many of Horror" is an alternative rock song written by Simon Neil of Scottish band Biffy Clyro for their fifth studio album Only Revolutions. The song was released as the fourth single from the album on 18 January 2010. The song was recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, California and mastered at Masterdisk. The lyrics of the song concern Neil's wife and family. Jacknife Lee, who previously remixed "Silhouettes" for the Biffy Clyro and Sucioperro side project Marmaduke Duke, recorded a remix for the song.

As of 2016, in total, the band have spent 155 weeks in the top seventy-five of the UK Album Charts, with two of those weeks being at the top position at number one and seventy weeks within the main top forty of the albums charts. The band's singles have spent a total of seventy-nine weeks in the UK Singles Charts, with six weeks in the top ten and forty-two in the top forty. [6]


1995–2000: Early years and formation

The first incarnation of what would eventually become Biffy Clyro was formed in 1995, when fifteen-year-old Ayr-based guitarist Simon Neil met another guitarist, 20-year-old Boyan Chowdury and the pair recruited Kilmarnock-born Ben Johnston. Soon brought in was Ben's twin brother, James Johnston, and the four spent the next two years rehearsing, writing and covering songs. On 31 January 1995, they played their first gig under the name "Skrewfish" as the support for a band called Pink Kross at the Key Youth Centre in East Kilbride, now known as Universal Connections East Kilbride. [7] In 1997, guitarist Boyan left the band and moved to Liverpool (where he would eventually form The Zutons) and the resulting trio moved to Glasgow, where Neil went to the University of Glasgow, and the Johnston twins went to Stow College, studying Electronics with Music and Audio Engineering, respectively. [8]

Ayr town and former Royal Burgh situated on the west coast of Ayrshire in the Scotland

Ayr is a town situated on the southwest coast of Scotland. It is the administrative centre of the South Ayrshire council area and the historic county town of Ayrshire. With a population of 46,490 in 2015, Ayr is the largest settlement in Ayrshire and the 14th largest settlement in Scotland. The town is continuous with the smaller town of Prestwick to the north.

Kilmarnock burgh in East Ayrshire, Scotland

Kilmarnock is a large burgh in East Ayrshire, Scotland with a population of 46,350, making it the 15th most populated place in Scotland and the second largest town in Ayrshire. The River Irvine runs through its eastern section, and the Kilmarnock Water passes through it, giving rise to the name 'Bank Street'.

Ben Johnston (Scottish musician) British musician

Ben Hamilton Johnston is a drummer, vocalist, and songwriter, best known for his work with Scottish group Biffy Clyro.

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Biffy Clyro performing live in Leeds, 2006

After playing gigs around Glasgow and receiving positive and enthusiastic reactions from audiences, [9] the band were spotted by Dee Bahl, who soon became their manager. Bahl offered them a chance to release an independent single on Aereogramme's Babi Yaga record label: "Iname" was released on 28 June 1999, with Northsound Radio's Jim Gellatly (later of Beat 106 & Xfm Scotland) giving the band their first radio play. This first release led to the band being chosen by Stow College's Electric Honey record label to release a record: thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow was released on Nerosa on 13 June 2000, receiving airplay from BBC Radio Scotland DJ Vic Galloway. [9] A few days prior to the release of thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow, the band were spotted at the Unsigned Bands stage at T in the Park 2000 by a Beggars Banquet representative, and were signed to the independent Beggar's Banquet soon thereafter.

Iname (song) 1999 song performed by Biffy Clyro

"Iname" is a song by Scottish band Biffy Clyro and their debut single released on 28 June 1999, by Aereogramme's, independent, Babi Yaga record label. This first release led to the band being chosen by Stow College's Electric Honey record label to release a record, thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow.

Jim Gellatly British DJ

Jim Gellatly is a Scottish radio presenter and DJ. He presented Drivetime on XFM Scotland until its closure. Currently he hosts Breakfast on BFBS Radio in Scotland, and does a weekly New Music showcase on online/DAB radio station Amazing Radio.

Electric Honey, founded in 1992, is Glasgow Kelvin College's in-house record label run by Ken McCluskey, Douglas MacIntyre and formerly Alan Rankine along with students from the HNC/D Music Business course. The label celebrated its 25th year in 2017 with many events including the release of the debut album "Any Joy" from Scottish six piece indie rock band; "Pronto Mama."

2001–2005: Blackened Sky, The Vertigo of Bliss and Infinity Land

On 9 April 2001, the previously unreleased "27" was released as a single. On 1 October 2001, a song from thekidswho... was re-recorded and released as a single, "Justboy"; this was repeated again on 4 February 2002, when the song "57" was released. On 11 March, the band's debut album, Blackened Sky , was released to generally positive reviews. It was around this time that the band began touring extensively, including supporting Weezer on 20 March at the Barrowlands in Glasgow. [9] On 15 July, the fourth single from the album, "Joy.Discovery.Invention", was released as a double A-side with a newly recorded song called "Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys" (which would later also appear on their next album The Vertigo of Bliss ).

27 (song) 2002 Biffy Clyro song

"27" is a song by Scottish band Biffy Clyro from their 2002 debut album, Blackened Sky. It was the band's first single on Beggars Banquet, released on 9 April 2001 in the United Kingdom. Although the song did not reach the top 100 on the UK Singles Chart, it managed to peak at number 43 on the UK Indie Chart.

Justboy 2001 single by Biffy Clyro

"Justboy" is a song by Biffy Clyro from their 2002 debut album, Blackened Sky. It was the band's second single.

57 (song) 2002 Biffy Clyro song

"57" is a song by Biffy Clyro from their 2002 debut album, Blackened Sky'.

In 2003, the band retreated to the Linford Manor recording studio in Great Linford, Milton Keynes, England, to record the follow-up to Blackened Sky. On 24 March, a new single was released called "The Ideal Height", followed by a further new single "Questions and Answers" on 26 May. The band's second album, The Vertigo of Bliss was released on 16 June, to positive reviews which focused on the more experimental style of the album in comparison to Blackened Sky, as well as the introduction of string sections. [10]

After touring relentlessly for The Vertigo of Bliss, the band retreated to Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouth, Wales to record a follow-up album. As with the previous album, two singles were released before the actual album: "Glitter and Trauma" and "My Recovery Injection" on 9 August and 20 September respectively. An additional digital download was also released on 31 May, called "There's No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake". On 4 October, the band's third album, Infinity Land was released, followed by the final single from the album, "Only One Word Comes To Mind", on 14 February 2005. On 16 February, the band performed a cover of Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" live from Maida Vale on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show.

Simon Neil's side project Marmaduke Duke also released an album in 2005, known as The Magnificent Duke. He toured the UK together with the Johnston twins accompanying on bass and drums.

2006–2008: Puzzle and mainstream success

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The members of Biffy Clyro signing fan autographs at a Zavvi store in 2008

In 2006, Biffy Clyro left Beggars Banquet and signed a deal with 14th Floor, an offshoot of Warner Bros. In September, the band went to Canada to record their fourth album at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver (where it was engineered by Mike Fraser), and The Farm Studio in Gibsons. From these sessions the song "Semi-Mental" was released as a digital download on 25 December. On 5 March 2007 "Saturday Superhouse" was released, reaching No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart, the band's highest single chart position to date.

Puzzle was released in June and helped the band to reach their highest UK Albums Chart position ever, hitting No. 2 in the first week of release, also reaching No. 17 in Ireland, and No. 39 in the overall world charts. The album is certified Gold in the UK, having sold over 220,000 copies, and as of February 2009 has sold over 300,000 worldwide. This album is notable for having somewhat more straightforward song structures and a more melodic overall sound than their previous work, while still retaining some more unusual elements. [11] Puzzle was voted the best album of 2007 by Kerrang! and Rock Sound. On 25 August, it was announced that "Machines" would be the next single from Puzzle, which was released on 8 October.

Support slots for acts such as Muse (at the new Wembley Stadium), The Who, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Rolling Stones were significant in expanding Biffy's fan base. The band also played the Download 2007, Glastonbury 2007, Reading and Leeds Festival and T in the Park for a record seventh time. The band opened for Linkin Park during January on their European tour. In 2008, the band toured with Queens Of The Stone Age on their European and North American tours for Era Vulgaris, and opened for New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi at Twickenham during the Lost Highway Tour. In December 2008 the band played their biggest headline shows, including a date at Glasgow's 10,000 capacity SECC.

2008–2010: Only Revolutions

The band released a new single entitled "Mountains" in July 2008, which reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart – the band's first song to reach the top 10, and their highest charting single to date. "Mountains" would later be included on their new album.

In an interview with the NME, the band stated that they had started work on a follow up to Puzzle , with Simon Neil saying that the album would include some of the band's "heaviest riffs to date". In an interview with XFM, Ben Johnston revealed that the forthcoming album would be "Oli Coates", and that they already had 16 demos laid down. Simon Neil told Kerrang magazine about the new album on 8 December, playfully saying "The soft bits are softer, and the hard bits are harder...", mocking how bands always label their new albums the most heavy and yet melodic so far. The band worked with Puzzle producer Garth Richardson once again at Ocean Way studios. Many videos were shown on the internet of them playing along to Shania Twain's "You're Still the One". A Kerrang! magazine article, published in March 2009, stated that they planned to enter the studio in April, revealing a working title for the upcoming album: "Boom, Blast and Ruin". A series of weekly updates on their official site slowly revealed letters of the new album title, and, after Rock Sound mistakenly revealed the album's name as "Only Exceptions", it was officially announced that the album would be titled Only Revolutions.

In July 2009, Kerrang reported that they were filming the video for the first single from the album, "That Golden Rule". It was filmed on 1 July in London, with the band saying that the song is "like Kyuss and Tool playing with some Scottish freaks screaming over the top of it." "That Golden Rule" got its first play on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show on 8 July, playing the song twice in a row; it was then announced that the single would be released on 23 August 2009. It went on to reach No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart. Just before the official release of "That Golden Rule", Biffy Clyro performed on the main stage at V Festival, their second appearance at the festival (the first time being in 2006, in a much earlier slot; during their set on the Chelmsford leg, the band experienced power failures twice during the opening song "Glitter and Trauma").

"The Captain" was released as a single on 26 October 2009, following its first radio play on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show on 8 September. Only Revolutions was released on 9 November 2009. On 24 February 2010, "The Captain" won an NME Award for Best Video. [12] [13] [14]

Biffy Clyro were confirmed to be supporting Muse for 14 dates on their European tour, including Wembley Stadium on 11 September, performing after I Am Arrows and White Lies. Biffy Clyro performed on the Main Stage at the T in the Park, Oxegen and Reading and Leeds music festivals in 2010. [15] The band were also slated to perform at New Zealand's largest music festival Rhythm & Vines at Waiohika Estate Vineyard in Gisborne on 29 December, but had to pull out due to "minor medical procedures" required by two band members. [16]

2011–2014: Opposites

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James Johnston performing live with Biffy Clyro at Rock am Ring, 2013

On 2 and 3 July 2011 Biffy Clyro supported Foo Fighters in front of 130,000 fans (65,000 each night) at the Milton Keynes Bowl in the U.K. On Saturday 9 July 2011, Biffy Clyro headlined the main stage (Apollo Stage) at Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House. [17] The following day, they headlined the main stage (West Stage) at Wakestock in Cardigan Bay, North Wales. Biffy Clyro opened for Metallica in Bangalore, India in 2011.

The band revealed via the NME that they would release two studio albums in 2012, The Land at the End of Our Toes, and The Sand at the Core of Our Bones. From 17 May 2012, the band allowed fans to watch the recording process of The Land at the End of Our Toes and The Sand at the Core of Our Bones via a webcam link-up on their official website. The live feed has confirmed the involvement of frequent Biffy Clyro producer Garth Richardson, who also produced Puzzle and Only Revolutions.

On 30 July 2012, the band announced on Twitter that a new track titled "Stingin' Belle" would be given its official premiere in the UK on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show the following evening, and that the music video for the song would be available from 9pm for 12 hours to members of the band's official fan club. [18] At 19:37 BST on Tuesday 31 July, Simon Neil confirmed on Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1 that the new album title would be Opposites . Their new single titled Black Chandelier premièred on BBC Radio 1 on 19 November 2012. The band announced they would be playing a large arena tour through March/April 2013, including London's The O2 Arena, with City and Colour in support.

On Sunday 3 February 2013, Opposites topped the UK Albums Charts, giving Biffy Clyro their first number one album. The next day, it was announced on BBC Radio 1 by Zane Lowe that they were the second headliner for Reading & Leeds Festivals. Biffy Clyro also headlined the second day of the annual Radio 1 Big Weekend festival on 25 May 2013 in Derry, as well as the Cape Town and Johannesburg legs of RAMfest 2014.

It was reported on the NME website on 6 January 2014 that Biffy Clyro were to release an Opposites b-side compilation album, entitled Similarities, sometime later in the year. Being interviewed for the article, lead singer Simon Neil stated that the band had come up with "six or seven" riffs for new material, although he did point out that their next album would not be recorded until at least 2015.[ citation needed ]

2016–2018: Ellipsis

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Johnston performing live with Biffy Clyro at Rock im Park, 2016

The band announced that 2015 would be their 'year off.' In an interview with 3FM in June 2014, Neil stated that "[the band] will take a quiet year next year and disappear so people don't get sick of the lovely Biffy." In the same interview he stated that they were working on about 19 new songs, but felt it was too early to play them live. He confirmed that a new album was coming, most likely towards the end of 2015. The new album will feature tracks including "Wolves Of Winter", "Friends and Enemies", "Animal Style", "Re-arrange", "Herex”, “Medicine”, “Flammable", “On A Bang", “Small Wishes”, “Howl”, “People”, “Don’t, Won’t, Can’t” (deluxe release only), “In the Name of the Wee Man” (deluxe release only), and a film documenting the recording of Ellipsis (deluxe release only).

The first single "Wolves of Winter" was exclusively played as Hottest Record on Monday 21 March 2016 on Radio 1. [19] On Monday 21 March 2016, during the live premiere of "Wolves of Winter" on Hottest Record on Beats 1, Zane Lowe, Neil announced that the band's new album will be titled Ellipsis. The album, due for release on 8 July 2016, was made available to pre-order in a limited edition box set on the Biffy Clyro web store.

Ellipsis was released on 8 July 2016, entering the UK charts at number 1. Following the successful launch of Ellipsis, the band performed co-headline slots (co-headlining with Fall Out Boy) at the Reading & Leeds festival. The new Ellipsis songs featured prominently in the set list. Between the two headline slots, Biffy Clyro also performed a huge outdoor show in Glasgow, with Fall Out Boy filling in as the support act. In November 2016, Biffy Clyro were announced as the Saturday headliners of the Download Festival 2017. This marks their sixth appearance at the festival and their first headline performance on the main stage. [20]

To coincide with these headline performances, a U.K. arena tour was announced with Brand New announced as the support act. The tour culminated in a performance at London's O2 arena. In December 2016. In February 2017, Biffy Clyro performed at the Shepherd's Bush Empire as part of Brit's Week to raise money for charity War Child. To celebrate such an intimate performance at this point in their career, the band performed as their own support act with Simon Neil announcing "we are Biffy Clyro, circa 2003 to 2005", and they played an hour long set of material from their first three albums.

On 27 May 2017, Biffy Clyro performed to 25,000 people at the Radio 1's Big Weekend Hull 2017. They performed the songs Wolves of Winter, Animal Style, Biblical, That Golden Rule, Friends & Enemies, Many of Horror, Bubbles, Rearrange and Mountains.

The band also performed at Glastonbury on Sunday 25 June 2017. [21]

Autumn of 2018 saw the release of the MTV Unplugged show on DVD and album. Soon to follow was a European tour of the show plus a few other gems that translated well acoustically. [22]

2018–present: Balance, Not Symmetry

In spring of 2018, Biffy Clyro announced that they were working with Welsh director Jamie Adams producing a movie to go along with a 12-track album of new, original music. The film has a tentative release of early 2019. The film will star Laura Harrier, Bria Vinaite, Tasmin Egerton, Freya Mavor, Kate Dickie, Scott Miller, and Lily Newmark. [23]



"'Mon the Biffy!" or, in more recent times, "'Mon the Biff!", are well known chants among Clyro fans, [24] usually shouted in between songs at gigs, or before the band comes on stage.

The band have never disclosed where the name 'Biffy Clyro' originated, giving a series of stories as to how the name came about. Whilst being interviewed on Soccer AM, the band stated that they named themselves after a footballer named Biffy Clyro who played for South Ayrshire football club Ayr United, whilst admitting at the same time that they also make up stories about how they are named because they are bored with being asked the same question. Another story is that the band members were thinking about manufacturing Cliff Richard merchandise and they thought about the Laszlo Biro pen and thought of "Cliffy Biro" that was then accidentally spoonerised on a drunken night out to 'Biffy Clyro'. Simon Neil appeared to confirm this as the real reason in a 2010 interview with Eve Jackson on France 24, and said that it was "a stupid name" that was often "awkward" to explain its origins when the band started and when not many had heard their music. [25] Another interview claims that the name Biffy Clyro comes from an acronym for "Big Imagination For Feeling Young 'Cos Life Yearns Real Optimism". [26] The band also state in an interview for BalconyTV that the band name was that of a Finnish footballer from the 17th century. [27] On Off the Ball in August 2011, Ben Johnston claimed "Well it’s a marriage of two words: Biffy is in fact the nickname of the spy who the James Bond novels were based on and Clyro is a town in Wales where both our families…used to go on holiday…". [28] In an episode of Music Choice's "Pop Quiz", Simon Neil explained that Biffy Clyro is the name of a Scotsman that built his own rocket and was the first man in space. [29]

Musical influences

The band cite influences ranging from heavy metal bands such as Metallica to progressive rock band Rush, while reviewers are often quick to link their sound to the likes of Nirvana and Foo Fighters – particularly in their use of shifting dynamics, which they adapted from Pixies and Fugazi. [22]

Mark Z. Danielewski's second novel Only Revolutions was influential for the album Only Revolutions; the band have since met Danielewski, discovering that he was a fan when he attended one of their shows. [25]

Band members

Current members
Touring members



Studio albums

Awards and nominations

Biffy Clyro awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Brit Awards 0 2
MTV Europe Music Awards 0 1
NME Awards 4 5
Q Awards 3 5
Radio 1 Teen Awards 1 1
Kerrang! Awards 4 8
Bandit Rock Awards 0 2
Barclaycard Mercury Prize 0 1
Awards won12
MTV Europe Music Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2007 Biffy ClyroNew Sounds of Europe, Regional CompetitionNominated
Bandit Rock Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2009Biffy ClyroBest International Breakthrough Act [31] Nominated
2009 Only Revolutions Best International Album [31] Nominated
Kerrang! Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2010Biffy ClyroBest British Band [32] Nominated
2010 The Captain Best Music Video [32] Won
2011 Biffy ClyroClassic Songwriter [33] Won
2013 Opposites Best AlbumWon
2014Biffy ClyroBest British BandNominated
2016Biffy ClyroBest British BandNominated
2018Biffy ClyroBest British BandWon
2018Biffy ClyroBest British Live ActNominated
NME Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2010 The Captain Best Music Video [34] Won
2011 Biffy ClyroBest British Band [35] Nominated
2011 Biffy ClyroBest Live Band [35] Won
2013 Biffy ClyroBest British Band [35] Won
2017 Biffy ClyroBest British Band [35] Won
Barclaycard Mercury Prize
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2010 Only Revolutions Album of the Year [36] Nominated
Radio 1 Teen Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2010 Bubbles Best Song [37] Won
Q Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2010The CaptainBest Track [38] Nominated
2010The CaptainBest Video [39] Nominated
2011Biffy ClyroBest Live Band [40] Won
2013Biffy ClyroBest Album Opposites [41] Won
2018Simon NeilFender Play Award [42] Won
BRIT Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2011 Biffy ClyroBest British Group [43] Nominated
2017 Biffy ClyroBest British Group [44] Nominated

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Bubbles (song) song by Scottish band Biffy Clyro

"Bubbles" is the fifth single taken from Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro's fifth studio album, Only Revolutions. Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss and Them Crooked Vultures provides additional lead guitar in the song. Despite being one of the lower charting songs from the album, it has spent more weeks in the top 100 than any other Biffy Clyro song.

Revolutions: Live At Wembley is the first full-length live album by Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro, released on 27 June 2011 on 14th Floor Records. The album was recorded live on 4 December 2010 at the Wembley Arena date of their UK tour.

<i>Opposites</i> (album) 2013 studio album by Biffy Clyro

Opposites is the sixth studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro, which was released on 28 January 2013. A double album, Opposites was originally announced as a pair of albums, The Land at the End of Our Toes and The Sand at the Core of Our Bones, which later became the names of the individual discs of the album. The album features 20 songs across two discs. There is also a single disc version with 14 selected tracks. As of July 2016, the album has sold 260,720 copies in the UK.

<i>Ellipsis</i> (Biffy Clyro album) 2016 studio album by Biffy Clyro

Ellipsis is the seventh and most recent studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro. It was produced by Rich Costey and released on 8 July 2016. Ellipsis entered the UK charts at number one, making it Biffy Clyro's second number one album.

Wolves of Winter 2016 song performed by Biffy Clyro

"Wolves of Winter" is a song by Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro, and the first single from the band's seventh studio album, Ellipsis. It was released on 21 March 2016 and premiered as Zane Lowe's World Record on Beats 1. It was later sent to alternative radio in the United States on 15 August 2017 as the album's sixth domestic single.


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