Scottish Trio, Biffy Clyro, have topped the album charts all over the world and are finding their way into the hearts of US listeners along the way. The gentlemen that are deemed Rock and Roll royalty in the UK are dreaming of more and bringing forward their highest selves throughout their artistry. I caught up with Drummer, Ben Johnston, and here’s what we have gathered along the way.
Your songs such as “People” and “Medicine” carry a hefty energy to them; what sparked the bold message behind them?
“Medicine” is about trying to get to a place where you don’t have to rely on your medication to get through your day to day life. They are reflective offerings pertaining to the reality of everyday life.
Did the band go into the studio with a plan as to how the album was going to turn out, or did it evolve along the way?
It evolved along the way. We had a rough idea with a bunch of great songs, but we really leaked our frustrations into the lyrics and the overall album. It is different from previous material in a positive way.
How did Neil’s episode of writer’s block affect the chemistry of the band after the success of ‘Opposites’?
We just had to move forward and evolve as a band. It is very difficult when an individual loses faith in themselves entirely. But, we moved forward and through it.
How have all three of you managed to stick together for over 15 years of emotions, life-change, touring, etc? Did you perceive that you would be playing together for so long when you first started?
We were friends before we were a band. We have been hanging out and having fun since we were children. Cracking jokes. Being in a band became a hobby and transferred into a lot of fun. Being friends is certainly the recipe for longevity.