on 24 September 2003
This is the third single from Biffy Clyro's brilliant second album 'The vertigo of bliss', and probably the most recognisably 'Biffy' of the three: the song veers between off-kilter indie and raging post-hardcore without ever sounding contrived or losing immediacy. Main vocalist and songwriter Simon Neil shares not only Kurt Cobain's tortured howl, but his knack of making even the most trite lyric sound utterly compelling. What helps Biffy Clyro stand out among their peers is that within his well-crafted songs, Neil can throw in strange timings and odd phrasings to his playing that force the listener to pay attention -witness the staggering descending riff in the chorus or the staccatto breakdown section.
The B-sides are a nice selection of live tracks, and the DVD features the rare video for Justboy (from the debut, Blackened Skies), as well as the one for Eradicate the doubt and a rather pointless, if trippily animated photo gallery.
Simply put, Biffy Clyro are THE most exciting band in the UK today. Buy this. Buy the album. See them live.
MON THE BIFFY!
on 10 November 2003
Unlike the 7" single,the cd opens with the studio and album (Verigo of Bliss)version of perhaps the most captivating single on the album. Opening with a soft yet upbeat riff, the song drags you. Simons simplistic lyrics bordering on irony ("I'll feel forever, i'll bleed forever") emphasising the provacative nature of this song. The hard hitting chorus with backing vocals from drummer Ben highlights the song before Simon screaming the title of the song, reminiscent of Kurt Cobains raw live performaces. The songs dynamics are what makes it,from Simons soft and child like voice to the chunky guitar riff accompanied by his raging voice. The other tracks on the single include Convex,Concave (From debut album "Blanckened Sky") again a journey in itself,with Simon and Ben complementing each others voices. Slightly crunchier than the album version,but still an awesome live performance recorded from the Mean Fiddler. "57" is a distinctive Biffy Clyro track,a classic.The timing of the riff in comparison to the vocals for the verse will leave it ringing in your head for days, with a chorus even your dad would like.The crowd singing every word sums the song up.Finally,the single ends with "Now the action is on fire". A very eery feeling arises with the opening riff.Simons voice in this track explores all areas of any biff song. A song that ends a gig, this is real emotion and a real raw and solid live performance. Quite simply biffy clyro know how to make songs,great ones.This single is worth investment, trust me.They will be your new favourite band.