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Biffy Clyro Auckland Concert

Friday 30 May 2014

Biffy Clyro Auckland Concert

Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro will be performing for the first time in New Zealand this September.

The three-piece, who formed in 1995, will be playing at Auckland's Powerstation on Tuesday 2nd September.

Comprised of Simon Neil (guitar/lead vocals) and twin brothers James and Ben Johnston (bass and drums respectively), Biffy Clyro came together as metal-head teenagers in Kilmarnock, Scotland in the mid 90s before moving to Glasgow, where they released their debut album Blackened Sky in 2002.

In the twelve years since the release of their first album, Biffy Clyro have released five more albums, three of which reached the top five in the UK albums chart, while 2013's Opposites was their first album to reach the top spot.

The band was due to perform at Rhythm and Vines in 2009, but had to pull out due to minor medical procedures.

Biffy Clyro
Auckland - Tuesday 2nd September

Pre-sale through Much More Music's website from Wednesday 4th June 
General on sale Thursday 5th June from 9am through Ticketmaster


Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro make their NZ debut at Auckland's Powerstation on Tuesday 2nd September.

Superstars in the UK, headlining festivals and sell-out arena shows and even beefing with other artists, the trio  Biffy Clyro are creating waves with  the local release of their sixth long player, the ambitious double(!) album Opposites. Produced by Garth 'GGGarth' Richardson (who has previously worked with such luminaries as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine and our own Shihad) in LA, the album has seen no less than the arbiters of cool the NME hailing the band's 'genius' in successfully straddling 'the line between experimental and anthemic', and awarded them last year's coveted Best British Band award.

Comprised of Simon Neil (guitar/lead vocals) and twin brothers James and Ben Johnston (bass and drums respectively), the trio came together as metal-head teenagers in Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1995 and eventually moved to Glasgow in the late 90s, releasing their first EP thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow which was followed by their first album proper Blackened Sky.

The band toured solidly (some would say relentlessly) throughout the decade, cementing their reputation as a live force to be reckoned with. Despite a steadily growing fanbase and healthy album sales, mainstream success was proving elusive. It was an unlikely confluence of events that led to their eventual breakthrough - 2010 X-Factor winner Matt Cardle covered their ballad 'Many of Horror' which became that year's number one Christmas single.

The band make no secret of their influences - Metallica and Rush are obvious starting points and Simon Neil has declared publicly that Queens of the Stone Age are "The greatest rock band in the f**kin' world". The band's particular 'quiet, loud, quiet' song structure and musical dynamics are also informed by The Pixies, Nirvana and hardcore legends Fugazi.  But far from being mere slavish copyists, the band's skill is in transforming this worn template into something new and creating true intimacy, even in massive venues such as Wembley Arena.
It was not for nothing that the NME called them "this nation’s most vital rock outfit". See what all the fuss is about when they play two New Zealand shows in September.