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Here’s another lesser-known international band that I just can’t get enough of.

Biffy Clyro is a Scottish rock band that formed in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.  The band is made up of Simon Neil (guitar, lead vocals), James Johnston (bass, vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums, vocals).  The band is currently signed to 14th Floor Records, they have released six studio albums, three of which, “Puzzle,” “Only Revolutions” and “Opposites” reached the top five in the UK Albums Chart.  They also reached their first number one album on the UK Charts with their sixth studio album, “Opposites.”

After their first three albums, the band expanded their following significantly with the release of their fourth album, “Puzzle,” in 2007 which had more mainstream songs with simpler rhythms.  The band distanced themselves from their more unusual dissonant style that they used in their three previous albums.  “Puzzle” peaked at number 2 on the official UK album charts on June 16 2007.  The album went gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 units and later went platinum in the UK in 2012 selling over 300,000 copies.  The band’s popularity continued to grow in 2008 and 2009 with the release of the singles “Mountains” and “That Golden Rule,” which both reached the top 10 of the UK singles chart.

Their 2009 album, “Only Revolutions,” reached number 3 on the UK charts and went gold within days of its release in 2009, later going platinum in 2010 and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.  “Only Revolutions” included the UK hit singles “Mountain,” “That Golden Rule” and “Many of Horror,” all of which reached the UK Top 10.  The latter reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart after The X Factor 2010 winner, Matt Cardle, sang a cover of the song.  “Many of Horror” also became the UK number one Christmas single for the year of 2010.

In 2011, the band was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group.  At the 2013 NME Awards, the band received the award for Best British Band.  On August 25, 2013, Biffy Clyro headlined the main stage at the Leeds & Reading festival.  Based on their album and single certifications, the band has sold over 1,240,000 albums and 400,000 singles in the UK alone.

The band says that their musical style is influenced by a variety of genres and artists; from “Metallica” to progressive legends “Rush,” while reviewers and critics link their sound to the likes of “Nirvana” and “Foo Fighters” – mainly because of their use of shifting dynamics which they adapted from the “Pixies” and “Fugazi.”  At the Leeds Festival in 2010, Neil said that “Queen’s of the Stone Age is “The greatest rock band in the fuckin’ world.”

The band has a huge following over in the UK and I think that it’s only a matter of time until their popularity spreads over here to the United States.  They are constantly improving their sound and are not afraid to experiment as they go from album to album.  Below are some of the band greatest hits.  Enjoy.

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