Biffy Clyro reveal concept behind 'mighty' double LP

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Biffy Clyro have been explaining the concept behind their forthcoming "mighty" double disc album.

The Ayrshire band will release a two CD LP in 2012, and said the theme of the album is about "a difficult journey we're going to take".

The album will feature 20 songs - 10 on each disc.

Front man Simon Neil said: "It sounds dangerous when you say it out loud but we're trying to explore writing songs in a different manner."

'Rock' songs

Speaking to Radio 1's Zane Lowe he added: "We're not going to throw every song we've ever done on it - it's not that kind of double album.

"It'd be a bit much to just bang out 20 rock songs."

The singer and guitarist explained that the album marks a change in direction in sound for the trio.

"There are a couple of songs that are written entirely on keyboards, string sounds, and I guess Phil Collins-type electro beats behind it.

"We're just investigating and experimenting with what we feel comfortable doing.

"We haven't got any reggae songs or dubstep - that's not going to appear on the new one, but there's a song that's a bit mariachi, which is going to be beautiful."

Their most recent album, Only Revolutions, was released in 2009.

Last year the band headlined the Sonisphere festival, Knebworth - they say the commercial success they've achieved in the last five years has given them momentum.

"When things go well it does give you a bit of a confidence boost.

"We've never been shy as a band, but when other people get into it it does give you a wee bit more jump in your step.

"When you're creating you've got that constant buzz, that constant spark. Every time an idea comes to life it's an exhilaration."