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2016 has been an interesting year for music, often making headlines for the wrong reasons instead of the right ones.
Some great bands made awful albums and other surprising bands put out great work.
Putting this list together was pretty hard work and near misses on the top ten go to CRX, Banks and Steelz, Suede and We Cut Corners who all produced decent records. Next year is already shaping up to be a cracking year with releases planned for Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Beck and Father John Misty, but for now, here are my top records of 2016:
Continue reading: Ben Walton's Top Ten Albums Of 2016
Biffy Clyro are basically a UK national treasure at this point and a worthy one too. They spent their first several years as post-hardcore/math-rock weirdos across albums like 'Vertigo Bliss' and 'Infinity Land', whereas records like 2007's 'Puzzle' and 2009's 'Only Revelations' saw the group achieve melodic rock perfection but still with the bite of their early days. All these ingredients make for a band which can play to masses of people and yet deliver a fierce sincerity to every single member of the audience. Tonight's performance at Leeds' First Direct Arena is no different as they hit the stage in support of their newest album 'Ellipsis.'
Emo heroes Brand New get things started tonight with a primal set that makes this arena setting feel like a basement show in how they savagely press guitars against amps for scratchy feedback, mosh pits get going and the bitter, miserable nature of Brand New's material. Playing a 'The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Of Me' heavy set, with songs as emotional and raw as 'Jesus' and 'Sowing Season' it's pretty easy for Brand New to build a strong connection with the audience. They're a band worthy of headlining places like this and whilst they're playing, it really feels like it's their own gig.
Speaking of primal, despite all the success, the gloss of their monolithic stage show, Biffy Clyro are purely animalistic when it comes to their performance. It's rare across the two hours they play for tonight, that frontman Simon Neil isn't headbanging, jerking limbs or thrashing at his guitar. Ben Johnston is a beast on the kit, hitting each beat with impenetrable muscle and his bassist twin, James Johnston, will constantly be skipping around and stomping with Neil. All of this amongst colossal, colour-changing rectangles and dazzling lasers. Visually this show is never anything less than stunning.
Continue reading: Biffy Clyro - Leeds First Direct Arena, 4th December 2016 - Live Review
'Ellipsis' has taken a strong lead in the mid-week album chart.
Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are on track to score the second number one album of their career with new record Ellipsis. Ellipsis is the band’s seventh studio album and was released on Friday (July 8) and it's so far taken a strong lead in this week's chart.
Biffy Clyro are on track for a number one album with Ellipsis.
According to the Official Chart Company’s midweek chart update Ellipsis is currently outselling the rest of this week’s top five albums combined. The band’s closest competition is last week’s number two, Adele’s 25, which is currently a non-mover in the midweeks.
The two bands have been announced as the final heading acts for this year’s festivals.
Biffy Clyro And Fall Out Boy have been announced as the final headliners for this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival. The two American bands join Foals, Disclosure and Red Hot Chili Peppers who are also topping the bill over the August bank holiday.
Fall Out Boy have been announced as headliners for this year’s Reading and Leeds festival.
The two bands will play on the same days as The 1975, The Vaccines and rapper A$AP Rocky. Also just added to this year’s bill are HAIM, Travi$ Scott, Jack Garratt, The Wombats, Chvrches and Lower Than Atlantis.
The betting odds have been released for next month's Q Awards. David Bowie nominated for all categories except one.
It's that time of year when music magazine Q's awards are rolling round again and the bookies begin to speculate on which acts have best defined the year in music. With a quick glance at the list, it's easy to see that 2012/2013 has been a year of David Bowie after the veteran English popstar made his highly lauded comeback.
It's Been A Great Year For Bowie.
Continue reading: Q Awards Odds: Bowie, Arctic Monkeys & Daft Punk Set To Dominate
Biffy Clyro prove they're worthy of arena-sized adulation
If ever there was any doubt that Biffy Clyro had perhaps not readied themselves for the stadium-filling duties that come with having a number one album (Opposites), then last night’s show at London’s vast O2 Arena crushed those doubts, with little uncertainty. It’s been a slow and steady climb to the top for Biffy; they went from scrappy indie rockers to semi-glossy anthem authors in the space of around 18 years. They’ve done things the arduous way, which makes their current reign of glory all the more deserved and last night the Scottish rockers proved that they are fully deserving of their new arena-packing success.
On the last night of the arena tour, The Telegraph write, “Biffy Clyro came across as thrillingly unreconstructed. “If anyone’s still sitting, get off your a---, this is a rock 'n’ roll show!” growled singer/guitarist Simon Neil, and he wasn’t posturing.” Indeed, their “inability to stay in a shirt for more than 10 minutes” also endeared them to The Guardian’s Mark Beaumont, who added that their chart-topping album Opposites, “is a welcome injection of artful accessibility into an unwieldy catalogue, already leaning towards grandstanding rock choruses by 2007's Puzzle.”
Far from polished, though, Biffy are stomping their way into the mainstream with shirts off, tattoos out and hair flying. The set came complete with “pyrotechnics, lasers and confetti storms,” the Evening Standard report but the band have a way to go before they lose that gnarliness that first stamped their mark on the scene.
Continue reading: 'Opposites' Attracts: Biffy Clyro Prove Their Worth At London's O2 Arena
Biffy Clyro have, somewhat ambitiously, decided to opt for a double album release for their sixth studio album. The Scottish alt-rockers recently described the Opposites experience as “like climbing up Mount Biffymanjaro,” in an interview with NME. We’re hoping that this means they see it as a rewarding experience, rather than a death-defying and terribly gruelling one. The two discs are named separately: The Land At The End Of Our Toes and The Sand At The Core Of Our Bones. With 20 songs spread across the two discs, this is a ballsy approach from a band of Biffy Clyro’s stature.
Reviews suggest that – somewhat predictably – the quality control may have been overlooked in favour of adding out the two discs and that they have lost their edge, in favour of a more stadium-friendly sound. That’s not to say that the band are being shunned for their grand gesture, though; Opposites remains a sturdy effort and will go down well with Biffy’s ever-growing fan base.
It was fun and games at BBC Radio One DJ Fearne Cotton's house this morning (December 21, 2012) as the imminently expecting disc jockey invited a host of friends around for a live broadcast of her show. This week's been a tough one for Cotton, with it being revealed that her ex-boyfriend, Ian Watkins of the Welsh band Lostprophets, was arrested and remanded in custody on charges of a sexual nature; how great then that her celebrity pals rallied around her for this festive edition of her show.
Simon Neil, James Johnston, Ben Johnston and Biffy Clyro - Simon Neil, James Johnston, Ben Johnston, Biffy Clyro London, England Celebrities at Fearne Cotton's house for her Radio 1 'At home with Fearne' Christmas Special Friday 21st December 2012
Biffy Clyro are a strange bunch really, their first record was one that spilt opinion, you either got into it after hearing the first chord to the first song or you just didn't get them. This trend continued up until their fourth album which saw the band take a different turn and a mass of new fans flocked along, Biffy Clyro seem to have taken note and carried it through to their fifth studio album 'Only Revolutions'.
Continue reading: Biffy Clyro, Bubbles Single Review
Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies
Continue reading: Biffy Clyro, Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies, Single Review
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