Rare is a band who consistently achieve Top 5 albums (with three No.1s) for a solid 15 years without mainstream radio airplay or widespread media coverage. But Biffy Clyro have confidently bucked the system without compromising their sometimes chaotic sound. They started life in Ayr and Kilmarnock, in Scotland, forming in 1995 around teenage friends, guitarist Simon Neil, drummer Ben Johnston and his twin brother, bassist James Johnston. Through nothing but solid gigging and honing their craft of writing gloriously anthemic singles – when they’re not being jarring and off-key – the group forged a 20-plus-year path to becoming the UK’s least likely Reading Festival headliners. The best Biffy Clyro songs helped take them there.
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20: Space (from ‘A Celebration Of Endings’, 2020)
Space stands as a measure of just how far Biffy Clyro have come in their time together. You don’t get much further away from their abrasive and discordant early releases than this, a tender and affecting ballad from 2020’s A Celebration Of Endings. It even got a full orchestral treatment at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios.