Biffy Clyro: "It's really special when you can go through a tough moment and come out on the other side with more confidence"

Biffy Clyro
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It was a ballsy move when, in an era marked predominantly by its crippling (if well-earned) negativity, Biffy Clyro set out to make the happiest album of the year. Their eighth proper LP of genre‑bending glory (not counting last year’s full‑length soundtrack to the Balance, Not Symmetry film), A Celebration Of Endings is an overwhelmingly optimistic offering from the Scottish rockers, who spend 45 minutes searching earnestly for diamonds in a mountain of shit. And beyond all odds, they unearth some – eleven of them, to be exact, their haul shiny and succinct. 

A Celebration Of Endings launched to some of the most intense critical acclaim that Biffy Clyro had ever seen, and for good reason: we could all use a smile right now, and the trio elicit more than plenty of them with riff after riff of loveably crunchy guitars and the kind of wonderfully accented wails only Simon Neil can belt with such aplomb.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…