Biffy Clyro - Errors in the History of God/Unknown Male: Limited 10" Vinyl *Pre-Order


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Release Date Friday 22nd October
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Tracklist:
1. Errors in the History of God
2. Unknown Male

Biffy Clyro will release the surprise new project ‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’ on October 22nd. The
record is a homegrown project that represents a reaction to their #1 album ‘A Celebration of Endings’ and a
rapid emotional response to the turmoil of the past year. It is the ying to the yang of ‘A Celebration’, the
other-side-of-a-coin, a before-and-after comparison: their early optimism of 2020 having been brought back
to earth with a resounding thud. It’s the product of a strange and cruel time in our lives, but one that
ultimately reinvigorated Biffy Clyro.
“This is a reaction to ‘A Celebration of Endings’,” says vocalist / guitarist Simon Neil. “This album is a real
journey, a collision of every thought and emotion we’ve had over the past eighteen months. There was a
real fortitude in ‘A Celebration’ but in this record we’re embracing the vulnerabilities of being a band and
being a human in this twisted era of our lives. Even the title is the polar opposite. It’s asking, do we create
these narratives in our own minds to give us some security when none of us know what’s waiting for us at
the end of the day?”
Grounded by lockdown, Biffy Clyro recorded ‘The Myth’ in a completely different way to how they
approached ‘A Celebrations’. Rather than spending months in Los Angeles, they traded one West Coast for
another by recording for just six weeks in their rehearsal room (converted DIY style into a fully functional
studio by rhythm section brothers James and Ben Johnston) in a farmhouse closer to their homes.
The trio went in with the intention of completing some unfinished songs from ‘A Celebration’, but instead

‘The Myth’ took over as it started to take shape late in 2020, with everything written and recorded within a
ten-mile radius. Traditionally, 90% of Biffy songs have been written in Scotland before the band head to
London or Los Angeles for recording, but this represented the first time they’ve ever recorded in their
homeland. As Simon jokes, “It’s our first full-on tartan album!”
‘The Myth’ blends experimental flourishes with flashes of old school Biffy. ‘Existed’ is the moment that
shaped the record an elegant expression of self-doubt that redefines the sonics of the band’s catalogue of
vulnerable slowburners, while ‘DumDum’ is an even bigger departure, having been constructed primarily
around soft synths sampled from Simon’s voice. And ‘Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep’ is just as audacious a closer
as ‘Cop Syrup’ from ‘A Celebration’. It also represents one of a selection of “easter eggs” or “turns of
phrase” that subtly complement and contrast the two records.
At the other extreme, devoted fans will connect with the feral anger of ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’, the arena-
scaled drama of ‘Errors In The History of God’ and the sheer catchiness of ‘Witch’s Cup’.
‘The Myth’ has been launched alongside the new track ‘Unknown Male 01’. In six adventurous minutes, the
band explore every facet they’re renowned for, taking in the unguarded emotion of its introduction, a
skewed off-kilter breakdown, and a jagged, spiralling riff that builds towards a cataclysmic crescendo. The
song reflects on friends who have taken their own lives.
“When you lose people that you love deeply and have been a big part of your life, it can make you question
every single thing about your own life,” he says. “Like a lot of creative people, I struggle with dark thoughts.
If you’re that way inclined you realise you’re staring at darkness, but you don't want to succumb. Those
moments don’t stop. As the song says, ‘The devil never leaves.’ There’s never a day where you wake up
thinking, ‘I feel great, it won’t cross me ever again.’”
A recurring concept of the album is the power of personal convictions, which have taken on an almost
religious fervour via the echo chambers of social media and news platforms. But that idea has the nuance to
rise above contrasting sides of an argument, arguing that greater unity and open-mindedness is the only
way forward. Elsewhere, it spans everything from gaslighting to the ultimate devotion of cults and the
beautiful failure of a Japanese racehorse.
‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’ is now available to pre-order here, with ‘Unknown Male 01’ provided as
an instant download. It will be released on CD and digital formats, as well as a limited edition red vinyl which
is packaged with a must-have bonus CD for fans: full audio of the acclaimed livestream show that Biffy Clyro
performed at Glasgow Barrowland in August 2020 to commemorate the release of ‘A Celebration of
Endings’.
After headlining Reading and Leeds in August, Biffy Clyro will also play further large-scale outdoor gigs this
summer at Cardiff Bay and Glasgow Green. Plans for 2022 are also taking shape, with April’s long sold-out
‘Fingers Crossed’ intimate tour and a huge Saturday night headline set at Download. Please see the band’s
official website for a full list of shows and ticket information.

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