Biffy Clyro - Opposite: New music


There was much crowing about "real music" being tarnished by TV talent show fodder when Matt Cardle's cover of the Biffy Clyro's Many Of Horror (re-christened When We Collide) reached number 1 in 2010.

And yet, epic ballads that work perfectly when performed in front of a choir and a waterfall of pyrotechnics are swiftly becoming the band's forte, as shown again on new single, Opposite. Despite an opening line that might shock Louis Walsh if it were performed in front of him ("You are the loneliest person that I have ever known"), and another lyric that talks about suturing wounds, there's a brilliant lift into Opposite's chorus that would work perfectly with a montage of a contestant's best moments. Either way, the trio have never shied away from embracing rock's more epic moments, and have clearly utilised the larger video budget that comes with having a number 1 album for their latest video, premiered here. Featuring what looks like singer Simon Neil having a nice leisurely stroll around some fields, the images are soon intercut with slow motion footage of the band being flung from a moving car. Not to give away the ending, but it's not looking good for Simon to be honest.

Opposite is out on 24 June via 14th Floor Records.

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