Tonight I’m going to Glasgow for Biffy Clyro, the Scottish rock band I’ve loved for almost a decade. When it comes to the escalating success of musicians I can be stubborn, originally refusing to buy a ticket based on it being their only Glasgow gig, on a Monday and at an arena venue. I still believe this to be a poor effort.
The reason I’m going? Double album Opposites came out and I hands down love it. In no particular order here is a personally annotated journey through the Biffy back catalogue, hope you enjoy the music.
Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies
When I was twenty three I’d come back from spending a year teaching in China, then rocketing round the country looking for ‘a job in media’. Of course I ended up at home in Inverness, working for my Dad in an office. The highlight of my day was walking from one office to another to pick up the mail as I had the time to listen to one song. On a whim I’d bought Puzzle, from the first time I heard this song I was addicted to the album. It’s a modern classic and the beginning still gives me goosebumps.
With any band I start to like it’s important to go back to the beginning. 27 is from Biffy’s first album Blackened Sky, there’s also a really nice B side from the record called Hope For an Angel.
Glitter & Trauma
A considered track from 2004 release Infinity Land, Simon Neil’s offbeat lyrical charm is a winner.
My sister was introduced to Biffy after a Rockness slot, during which they were LOUD, the crowd was mental, it was kind of an off day. She trusted my judgement enough to go to a Corn Exchange show that August, this song now reminds me of the many times we’ve seen them together.
Whose Got a Match
One of the highlights of their live set and another track from Puzzle.
A really beautiful song from Puzzle, lyrically it’s one of my top picks.
The current epic hit from Opposites was my favourite track from first listen.
Finally I wanted to share ‘The Fog’ from Opposites, but I can’t find a version of it online. The melody is really beautiful.