Scottish alt-rock outfit Biffy Clyro have unveiled a brand new music video for their live single “Friends & Enemies.”
Taken from their last album Ellipsis, the new video is a blistering showcase of the Scottish trio’s intense, synapse-melting live show – and a testament as to how they’ve become one of the most in-demand festival and arena acts on the planet.
The coming months see the band hit the road once again for a run of festival shows – including a huge Pyramid Stage slot at Glastonbury and headlining Download Festival. Speaking to NME about the ‘challenge’ for topping the bill at such an iconic metal event, bassist James Johnston said: “We’ve played there a few times before and always really enjoyed it. There’s such an amazing history with that festival as well and I guess we’re just trying to create a little bit of our own when we go along. We can’t wait, it’s going to be a lot of fun. ”
“Metal raised us, so we will raise metal that night,” added frontman Simon Neil. “Metal fans love something fast on the bottom string of the guitar and that’s fine. Heavy music has transformed so much in the last 10-20 years, some for the better and some for the worse. ‘Heavy’ can be just a state of mind – so we’re fucking heavy.”
“I feel like Biffy Clyro, Katy Perry, The National, The xx, Major Lazer – they’re all bands that could headline really,” explained Glastonbury head Emily Eavis to NME. “We’re really lucky we’ve managed to fit so many incredible bands onto one weekend, on a farm. The thing with Biffy is that they’re obviously a massive headliner and they were headlining Reading last year, but they’re going to be playing under Ed Sheeran on Sunday, and I think that’ll be huge. We’re really grateful, and incredibly lucky to have bands that are that size to want to play and be up for playing in those slots as well.”
Having formed in Scotland in the late nineties, Biffy Clyro fronted a loud combination of pop and rock, inspired by acts such as Weezer. The band soon started to gain notoriety within the Glasgow club scene, eventually becoming able to sign a recording contract with Beggars Banquet. Biffy Clyro first offered the world their aggressive pop tunes in LP form with 2002’s Blackened Sky, and soon followed it up with 2003’s The Vertigo of Bliss. Since then, the crew has released three more studio records, solidifying their status as incredible pop rock anthem-crafters.
Check out the video for “Friends & Enemies” below.
Photo Credit: Marv Watson