Studio: The Village, Santa Monica, USA
Producer: Garth ‘GGGarth’ Richardson
Confirmed Tracks: ‘Modern Magic Formula’, ‘Victory Over The Sun’, ‘Stingin’ Belle’, ‘Sounds Like Balloons’
Label: 14th Floor Records
Due: Early 2013
Hello James. How are you?
I’m well thanks for asking, and I hope you are too.
Fine, thank you. Is the album nearly finished?
We’re coming to the end of a fairly long process. We’ve still got a little to do, but everything is sounding great and the hard work seems to have been worth it.
How come you keep recording albums overseas? What’s wrong with the UK?
We’ve always recorded away from home for the simple fact that it helps us to concentrate on the task at hand, and we chose LA because of the great studio and access to some interesting instruments and great players. We’re on our third record with Garth and it’s great to have him at the helm of the ship. He’s got lots of experience making records and he understands what we’re trying to achieve with our music and the best way to go about doing things.
How does it feel to be at the level of success where you can make a trailer for a new album?
It’s cool to do a trailer as it lets people hear what we’ve been up to and what they might expect from the album. We’ve been locked away for quite a while, so it’s nice to remind people of our existence.
Is this going to be a balls-out stadium rock record?
In a word, yes. We’ve tried to make the biggest record we could, whilst still being our quirky individual selves.
In-between albums, how closely do you pay attention to what’s going on elsewhere in the music scene? Does it ever influence your own musical direction?
We’re always interested in new music and trying to check out new bands. I think ultimately everything can have an influence on your music. We have quite a varied sound as a band and no doubt the things we listen to will have an influence on what we might try. I think by the time you get to your sixth album you’re likely to have a sound as a band, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adapt or move forward. It’s very important for us to feel like we’re trying something new and exploring different avenues.
Are you good at completing albums? How do you know when it’s finished?
An album is only really finished when you stop working on it. I think it’s impossible not to keep wanting to go back and tweak little bits, but we’re pretty good at listening to things as though it’s the first time we’ve heard it. There is no right or wrong in music and you have to just trust yourself and get to a point that you’re happy with.
Finally – when can we expect this album?
I’m afraid I can’t answer that one just yet. It will be early next year, but I can’t give you a date. I will say this though: we can’t wait!
Some Rumours We Read Online:
It’s going to be a double album…
…based on the concept of a “fork in the road”: one disc representing the right way, the other representing the wrong way.
It’ll be called ‘Opposites’.
Biffy Clyro will have bras tattooed onto their chests in time for next year’s festival appearances.