Photos by Frank Maddocks
A few years back I reluctantly agreed to venture out of my beloved domicile to see The Editors (what ever happened to those guys?) at a local club. The band was solid that night, as were the then unknown openers, Ra Ra Riot. But the band that really wang-danged my doodle was the outfit sandwiched in the middle of the bill, the Scottish trio, Biffy Clyro.
A few years on and Biffy Clyro have become one of the UK’s biggest acts, selling out stadiums and moving units by the bushel basket. Why they can’t get arrested in the States is beyond me, but two months from now (March 12th if you want to mark it on your calendar) the band will storm these shores once again and rattle the bins with a massive double album, Opposites.
The follow-up to the Mercury Prize-nominated Only Revolutions, Opposites was recorded over the course of five months at LA’s The Village (which over the years has hosted acts including Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd) with GGGarth Richardson (RATM, The Melvins) at the helm. Each of the record’s discs has a distinct feel. Disc one, The Sand At The Core Of Our Bones, is a dark affair, dealing largely with addiction and conflict within the band, while disc two, The Land At The End Of Our Toes, looks forward to a (hopefully) brighter future. Sure, nothing earth shattering there, but trust me when I tell you that few bands today attack their material with a viciousness equal to that of Biffy Clyro.
Opposites is available now for pre-order, but if you want to know a little more prior to laying out your hard-earned for a double record (and who can blame you?), MOKB is mighty proud to present the US exclusive of live streaming acoustic performances of four songs from Opposites: Black Chandelier, Stingin’ Belle, Opposite and The Rain. “US exclusive,” you say? “What about the rest of the free world,” you ask? Yeah, well it seems there is some rag over in the UK, goes by the name of The Guardian, who raised a ruckus until we agreed to a co-premiere. MOKB is all about giving the little guy a chance.
Of course, if you really want to truly experience Biffy Clyro, it’s gotta be in the live setting with amps turned way up. Lucky (some of) you, yesterday the band announced that they will be opening for Muse on select US and Canada dates. Git out and see’em, punk.
Biffy Clyro on Tour (All dates with Muse)
Apr 9th – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
Apr 10th – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
Apr 12th – TD Garden, Boston, US
Apr 15th – Madison Square Garden, New York, US
Apr 16th – Madison Square Garden, New York, US
Apr 19th – IZOD Centre, New Jersey, US
Apr 23rd – Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
Apr 24th – Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
Apr 26th – Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, Canada