By Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro release the closing track from critically acclaimed album 'Puzzle', and with the previous three singles notching up top twenty positions in our ever overflowing UK chart, 'Machines' is bound to make an impact.
From supporting Bloc Party, headlining the esteemed Kerrang! tour and then heading out on a sold out 11 stop European tour of their own, Biffy Clyro have been busy this year. Then add in their appearances on the festival circuit pit stopping at such places as Download, Oxygen, Glastonbury and even The Warped Tour over in the states, the band might start to feel like they need to be 'Machines' to keep up with their ever increasing success. Come on, supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Who is pretty successful!
Now the song: the simplicity is overwhelming. The vocal work throughout is soft, quite secluded and emotional. The song occasionally dips into pure instrumental, but is broken with gentle voice, sensitive and delicate. "Cos I've started falling apart I'm not savouring life. I've forgotten how good it can be to feel alive." Can be heard throughout the chorus, and as the song goes on the vocals overlap creating the feeling of a hidden anxiety. The song obviously isn't overly happy and uplifting on its surface, but underneath you can feel something which perhaps numerous people have felt. Insignificance, unimportance and irrelevance. The song talks directly to the listener and through the short-feeling three and a half minutes, you grow with the song, 'til its skyward atmospheric end.
Biffy Clyro will be out on the roads of the UK again in November on their nationwide tour. Machines will make you think on the other side of the coin. I wouldn't go along with NME in saying that their current album makes them 'serious contenders for the title of Greatest Band in Britain', but I do like them more than I used to.