In The Post #29: Biffy Clyro – The Captain

By on Thursday, 1st October 2009 at 12:00 pm

Back in May, Biffy Clyro hit the same L.A studio where Frank Sinatra recorded the legendary ‘My Way’ in order to start work on their new album. Titled ‘Only Revolutions’, the Scottish trio’s fifth record is set to be released next month. On top of recording in the spiritual destination of ol’ blue eyes, Biffy have spent the past few years touring with the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones and Muse. So, has being in the presence of such musical superstars rubbed off on the band’s music?

Well, Biffy’s new track, ‘The Captain’, certainly showcases an epic new sound to the band. Tumbling, overly dramatic brass open up the track, before Simon Neil’s summery vocals proceed to glide above a gyrating distorted guitar. Horns provide a jazzy back beat throughout the song – giving ‘The Captain’ quite a cinematic soundscape. The whole track has quite a commercialised, radio-friendly vibe to it – noticeably lacking the raw, edgy madness of earlier Biffy material. The lyrics, too, are a little cliché (“I am the son of God/Somebody help me sing/Can anybody hear me?”). Really, the whole song is pretty O.T.T, but it’s still crazily catchy. Admittedly, I’m not sure what old-school Clyro fans will think of the new, softer material (“OMG, DEY SOLD OUT!!” is already making a regular appearance across online forums), but I’m sure this new track will please mass musical audiences.

Watch the official video to ‘The Captain’, below (which features newly bred teenage pin-up icon, Simon Neil) :


‘The Captain’ is released October 26th. Biffy Clyro’s new album, ‘Only Revolutions’, is released November 9th. Pre-order it here

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