TN:55 Biffy Clyro & Rich Costey

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TN:55 Biffy Clyro & Rich Costey

Wednesday, 4 November

In this episode, John catches up with Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil and producer Rich Costey to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘A Celebration of Endings’.

Armed with the very first demos and ‘work-in-progress’ recordings, Simon and Rich talk us through each song's evolution, from rehearsals on a farm to getting down intricate drum sounds and a 30-piece orchestra at Abbey Road.

We’re given an insight into Simon’s vocal recording process as well as his approach to the biology of a guitar. Rich shares some of his producer wizardry, talking through single mic recording tricks, common rock mixing problems as well as the amps and gear used to help craft the band’s sound.

Listen to find out how the pair blew up a pre-war Gibson Amp, what tuning their instruments did to the music and why you should go and follow @tempojunkee on Twitter.


Tracks discussed:  North of No South, Instant History, Cop Syrup


Listen to 'A Celebration of Endings' here.

'A Celebration of Endings' - 14th Floor Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company.



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