“The tough thing about being in a band for a long time is finding new inspiration,” Biffy Clyro’s frontman Simon Neil tells Apple Music. But just how does one of Britain’s most successful—and fiercely loved—bands locate that ahead of album eight? “It’s so tempting just to go for the low-hanging fruit, but if you’re only going back to the same thing over and over, the people listening to your band are less inspired,” says Neil. “You have to aspire to something bigger and better.” So that’s exactly what the band did for A Celebration of Endings: push each other towards bolder spaces in sessions at London’s Abbey Road and in LA that would surprise them—and their fans. Cue the album’s explosive first teaser “Instant History”, which showcases a more expansive side. “It’s the shiniest, prettiest song on the record, but we wanted to come out with a song that was as bombastic as we’ve ever been,” says Neil. “I think what has kept us hungry is aspiring to do something new every time.”
But that hunger isn’t the only thing that has driven Biffy Clyro forward since the release of 2016’s Ellipsis. “Instant History” also revealed a band who, fired up by politics and the climate emergency, are ready to speak out—a theme that permeates A Celebration of Endings. Changes in their own lives have emboldened them too. “End Of”—available to hear now—is a guitar-heavy epic about a series of personal and professional relationships coming to an end. “It’s about having no conciliation,” says Neil. “It’s about cutting your losses and moving on. It’s about severing connection.” “The beginning of the song sounds like being outside of a dirty club where you’re quite scared to go in,” says bassist James Johnston of the song’s looming, bass-driven intro (the band’s third member, James’ twin brother Ben, is the band’s drummer). “I’m fairly sure love songs will inhabit our world again, but this is certainly not a love song. There is no love here for the moment.”
But, for all that change, there’s no cause for alarm. “This is still very much a true Biffy record,” says Neil. “Some of the things we touch on this album are musically and lyrically very much us. But we started this band when we were 15. When things are their best, we still feel we’re 15. Eight albums in, we feel like a brand-new band.” Listen to “End Of” now, then add A Celebration of Endings to your library to get the whole thrilling thing as soon as it’s released.
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