That Golden Rule - Biffy Clyro (Single)

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That Golden Rule - Biffy Clyro (Single)

Single Track from Biffy Clyro - Genre: Alternative - Release Year: 2009

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published 15/01/2011 | Andy.mack
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Pro A very strong lead single with three very good B-Sides
Cons That Golden Rule is not really one for fans of the bands softer material
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That Golden Rule - Biffy Clyro (Single)

That Golden Rule - Biffy Clyro (Single)

Ever since Reading Festival in 2008 I have been a convert to the Biffy Clyro school of rock. I’d been a slight fan of the band before but having seen them play live at the Festival in 2008 I was sold on a band who have gone on to become one of my favourites. Since then I have made a point of buying as much of their released material as possible and the single version of That Golden Rule is no exception and takes pride of place in my ITunes library.

Biffy Who

A few years ago this would have been a question asked by the majority of the British public, however after the release of Captain and Mountains the band started to really crack the British mainstream. this increase in status also seen last year’s X-Factor winner Matt Cardle cover one of Biffy Clyro’s previous singles.

The band are a three piece from Kilmarnock in Scotland and I think it would be fair to describe their musical style as being a mixture of alternative and experimental heavy rock. In lead singer and guitarist Simon Neil they have an incredibly talented songwriter with a very wide range of vocal capabilities. The style of Biffy’s tracks really does stretch his vocals but Simon seems to be able to cover this range without really struggling.

In the beginning Simon formed Biffy with school friend James Johnston who plays bass and provides the majority of the backing vocals. His singing style really compliments Simon’s well and as a result the sound of Biffy Clyro has two very strong lead characters. The original drummer in the band was replaced quite early on by James’s twin brother Ben Johnston and as a three piece they would start to create something that would see them as one of the biggest British bands of the moment come the end of 2010.

Becoming Influenced

When you listen to any of Biffy Clyro’s albums it is clear that they have been influenced by some of the big names in Heavy Metal such as Metallica but unusually they also list prog rock mainstays Rush amongst a very wide ranging list of influences. There are likenesses to bands like the Foo Fighters and of course Nirvana but as you listen to more and more of their music it is clear that Simon, Ben and James really draw on a love for all different types of music to inspire their own material.

That Golden Rule

This single is perhaps one of the heavier tracks to be taken from the bands Only Revolutions album. It kicks off with a very fast paced guitar and drum intro and as soon as the vocals join in the high tempo and incredible fast pace is maintained. The track slows a little around the chorus with Simon’s distinctive vocal style really highlight the heavier side of the band. The guitars and drums maintain that frantic pace throughout the track but the vocals really bring a semblance of order back to the musical stylings. The band themselves describe this track as a combination of prog and stoner rock and with its fast pace and intense vocals that really does shine through.

As a fan of the bands mixture of heavy rock rhythms mixed with slightly different styles this is one of my favourite tracks on the album, but it would be easy to see why this maybe wouldn’t have worked as a single. However with the right upbeat introduction and a very compelling beat it really captures the listener’s imagination. It’s not a track for singing along to but it works really well.

It was originally released on the 23rd August 2009 and reached number 10 on the official UK top 40. The track can still be downloaded in album or single version from ITunes for 79p.

B Sides

For me one of the real highlights of buying singles is listening to the B-sides and with this single that was no exception. For the bargain price of £1.99 you can buy the full release of That Golden Rule, which contains the original track and three very different B-sides that how all of the different styles of rock Biffy are capable of.

The first of these is Prey Hey a track which starts in complete contrast to the lead single. It has a slow introduction with a very solid backing drum beat. It’s a track that I feel really highlights the best aspects of Simon’s vocals. He is accompanied with a slow looping guitar riff and the drum beat that both highlights and enhances the quality of both his lyrics and vocals. From there the next track Eye Lids sits somewhere in between the singles lead track and the first B-side. It has a mixture of the bands heavier style diluted a little but the pace is certainly been picked up from Prey Hey. Again the drums are solid throughout and Simon’s vocals really fit the style of the song really well.

To round off the B-sides is Time Jazz, which is a very different track again. It works in a similar style to the bands Many Of Horror and with a good combination of soft vocals and a decent musical backing I felt this could easily have been an album track. This is perhaps my favourite of the three B-sides.

To Buy Or Not To Buy

All four tracks on this single show Simon’s unique vocal styles in different styles of tracks and for someone new to the band this is a good way to see what they are all about. The lead song will be the reason for buying the single but I really feel the band have made it value for money by adding three decent B-sides to a very strong single. It is an ideal and inexpensive way for someone who loves the single but is unsure about buying the album to really see what Biffy Clyro are all about.

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  • Novabug published 16/01/2011
    Love em! The end of this song is monumental! :)
  • jesi published 15/01/2011
    I'd have thought they'd be cold singing without their shirts on . . . &#9829 jesi &#9829
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Single Track from Biffy Clyro - Genre: Alternative - Release Year: 2009

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Artist(s): Biffy Clyro

Title: That Golden Rule

Release Date: 06/11/2009

Genre: Alternative

Rights: 2009 14th Floor Records

Release Year: 2009


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