Biffy Clyro’s ‘Stingin’ Belle’

14 Aug

Scottish rock band, Biffy Clyro, are getting ready to release their sixth studio album, ‘Opposites‘, later this year. Speaking to Zane Lowe about the album, the band suggested that this could possibly be their last “over the top record” after their previous, ‘Only Revolutions‘, saw them adopt a more mainstream sound with hit-singles such as ‘Mountains‘ and the X-factor supported ‘Many Of Horror (When We Collide)‘. The first official single to be released, ‘Stingin’ Belle‘, has the potential to please their older fans as, compared to the likes of ‘Bubbles‘, we see the trio return to a heavier sound.

The single’s soundscape is built-up by edgy guitars and military-esque drums before letting the local sound of the bag-pipes take over for the song’s dramatic ending. This energetic backdrop pushes the honest lyrics addressing an unbalanced relationship; “You’re contained by floors and walls / I’m contained by your control”. It is a short song but instrumentally rich with it’s Muse-like soundscape that merges the classic (bagpipes) with the alternative (electric guitars). ‘Stingin’ Belle‘ has a powerful vibe that creates an uncertain atmosphere despite its lively animation, but there is nothing incredible about the energy is exudes.

It is a great first cut that has set the bar considerably high for the album, but there is also a sense of incompleteness. Nevertheless, a good single that has excited many Biffy fans.

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