With Ellipsis, Biffy Clyro’s seventh record, Simon Neil and his bandmates for the past two decades—bassist James Johnston and twin brother Ben Johnston on drums—wanted to make sure that they weren’t becoming too predictable. Ellipsis covers familiar sonic territory for Biffy—blistering hard melodic rock with a touch of ’90s alternativity and a quick taste of sweet-tart pop—while offering a furiously contemporary energy. Biffy Clyro will be editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our feature.
James Johnston: In a world where so much of what we use and interact with is virtual, the human brain is naturally attracted to something that is tangible, tactile and items that you can own and cherish—that is why I love vinyl. I come from a generation that often had a turnable at home, but my parents were tricked into buying their whole record collection again on CD because it “sounded better and was convenient.” Unfortunately they binned their entire vinyl collection, which means there will be nothing for me to inherit! I guess I will be handing down my music collection on a USB stick.