Biffy Clyro came together in 1995 in a school in Kilmarnock, just outside of Glasgow, when childhood friends Simon Neil (vocals/guitar) and twins James (bass/vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums/vocals) started playing music together. United by a love of underground, experimental rock and post-hardcore bands such as Braid and Karate, along with the starrier likes of Guns N’Roses and Metallica, they quickly honed their own unique sound, a mind boggling mix of off-kilter tempos, itchy, unpredictable guitars, soulful choruses and feral screams, sewn together into a strange tapestry of sound that sat resolutely apart anything else being made at the time, both in spirit and - thanks to their admirable refusal to uproot from their hometown for the dog eat dog music community of London - geographically too.
“We’re doing this for each other,” says Simon. “We’re still as much of a gang as we were at the start. I’m doing this for Ben and James as much as they’re doing it for me. I think that’s important. Sometimes success can drive a wedge between a band, but because we’ve been friends since we were eight, playing music since we were 13 or 14, we couldn’t live life without each other in it and we couldn’t live life without this band. It really is what makes my heart beat every day.”