Biffy stronger after difficult sixth album

Updated: 25 January 2013 16:39

Biffy Clyro front man Simon Neil says that recording their new album in Los Angeles has made them stronger as a band and brought them closer as friends.

Biffy Clyro front man Simon Neil says that recording their new album in Los Angeles has made them stronger as a band and brought them closer as friends.

The Scottish trio released their new double album Opppsites today and Neil told RTÉ Ten that working in LA probably ensured the quality of their new songs.

"Like most Celtic people, we love a drink. We were really lucky - I think if we were making this album in Scotland or anywhere that wasn't California then it would have been so hard to avoid the demon drink.

"If we had recorded this album in a similar way we'd recorded previous albums we would have gone off the tracks and made a shit record or not even finished it.

"We have got into a real bad lifestyle when we were recording our previous records and somehow they've come out alright but it's easy to forget what life is and numb yourself all the time. Fortunately we steered clear of that."

Neil added that watching some of their favourite bands break up over drink and drug problems also kept Biffy focused during the making of Opposites.

"It was horrible to think that we could become one of those clichéd bands where either drink or drugs tore them apart. I think that you really need to make an effort. If we weren't family first, if I hadn't known the boys since I was seven years old, I think things might have fallen apart.

"We've come out the other end rejuvenated and knowing what it takes when you do have to sit down and talk to each other when things are getting on top of you. I'm really glad we almost hit that low point so we could come out of the other side better."

Read the full interview with Simon here.