In the Post #94: Biffy Clyro premiere new song ‘Stinging Belle’ ahead of release of double album ‘Opposites’

By on Wednesday, 1st August 2012 at 1:00 pm

‘Stinging Belles’ from Biffy Clyro debuted on Zane Lowe’s Radio1 show last night, after a brief chat with frontman Simon Neil. It will be the first single from a forthcoming double album.

It starts with a rather long intro, drums are properly smashing away and well, it’s a bombastic level of pomp that can be expected from the Biff. They smash through the intro and the excitement builds, but the sad thing is in my opinion, the first 30 seconds is as good as it gets. It has a ‘The Captain’-ish stomp to it at the start with the guitars noodling over the top mixed in with a ‘Born on a Horse’ tomfoolery.

This is the first single from the new double, yes, DOUBLE, album ‘Opposites’ forthcoming from the Scottish trio. Now while the song may not be an instant winner, on second and third listen it’s a hell of a lot more catchy. It’s got that trademark new Biffy chorus. Instantly repeatable and the kind of verse which will have you throwing pints in galore at any festival.

The pomp is most apparent about two-thirds through though. I mean, come now, they have bagpipes! They are Scottish, but that is simply inexcusable. Bagpipes are for that one guy busking on the street, not, I repeat, NOT for a rock song.

For the first single it’s an odd one, but then again ‘That Golden Rule’ wasn’t the strongest track on ‘Only Revolutions’, and with a double album on the cusp of release from Biffy, it’d be a very bad idea to write them off after an average first single.

Update 1 August 2012: We’ve replaced the not great stream of the song available yesterday with the official music video released today. Watch it below. In the UK, if you want to listen to the song alone, you can at Zane Lowe’s page here. To hear the song as played on Radio1 last night along with a chat with Simon Neil, use the Listen Again feature here.


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