Since its debut in 1989, MTV Unplugged has been a cultural watershed of musical moments, featuring unforgettable performances from artists including Nirvana, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Adele and Florence + The Machine.
“We are truly honoured to be playing the relaunch of MTV Unplugged.” Biffy Clyro have said. “This show is imprinted on us as a band because of so many iconic performances in the 90s, from Nirvana and Pearl Jam to George Michael and Mariah Carey. To be a part of it’s legacy, has blown our minds. We cannot wait!”
Biffy Clyro have secured 2 number 1 albums in the UK and headlined numerous festivals such as Reading and Leeds (twice!!), Download and Bellahouston Park; it’s safe to say they’re going to take Music Week by storm.
Biffy fans, we’ll see you at the Roundhouse!
No matter what Biffy Clyro were dreaming of when they bunked off school at the age of fifteen to play their first ever gig, they surely couldn’t have forecast what they’d achieve almost two decades later with their 2013 double-album ‘Opposites’. The scope of their ambition was richly rewarded with their first chart-topping album in the UK; headline sets at festivals including Reading and Leeds; and tours which spanned the entire globe. It was everything they could’ve hoped for.
At the close of the album’s campaign, the big question that remained was simply: how can you follow that?
“The only way to follow a double-album is to entirely revolt against it,” laughs vocalist/guitarist Simon Neil.
Collectively, Biffy Clyro – completed by James (bass) and Ben Johnston (drums) – knew that their forthcoming set ‘Ellipsis’ would represent the start of a third trilogy of albums after the raw creativity of their early releases for Beggars Banquet and the hugely ambitious ‘Puzzle’, ‘Only Revolutions’ and ‘Opposites’. “The main manifesto was to descale ourselves and break every single habit that we had,” Neil asserts. “It was very important that we didn’t back into the default settings of being a three-piece rock band. We wanted to rewire Biffy and turn it on its head.”
Seven albums in and Biffy Clyro are still looking towards new horizons: to tour fresh countries and to further travel to places they’ve only previously touched upon. But the biggest thrill still comes from capturing that lightning-in-a-jar moment in which a great song suddenly emerges from seemingly out of nowhere. Despite the challenges and growth along the way, the fifteen-year-old members of Biffy Clyro would realise that their subsequent selves aren’t so different after all.