Clyro admit they didn’t think things through when they gave TV gameshow permission to use their track Many of Horror

Biffy Clyro

Horror of many: Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro singer Simon Neil admits the band didn’t think about the consequences of allowing one of their songs to be used by the X-Factor TV gameshow.

The Scottish three-piece faced a backlash from some fans who felt they’d sold out after Matt Cardle reached Christmas number one with his version of Biffy’s track Many of Horror.

But Neil says they were on tour when they were asked for permission – and in any case he doesn’t think the event did them or the song too much damage.

He tells Explore Music: “It’s a weird one to discuss. We were in Australia when it all came up and it seemed like a bit of a joke.

“We got an email one day saying, ‘The winner of the X-Factor would like to use your song.’ We went, ‘Cool.’ We didn’t really think about it much more than that.

“Then when we got home we thought, ‘Oh no, what have we done?’ We hadn’t thought it through – it seemed so surreal.

“But at the end of the day it’s our song and we hope it doesn’t take away anything from the song. It’s just a TV show. If the A Team was on just now we’d give a song to the A Team.”

Neil also describes Biffy’s upcoming headline slot at the UK’s Sonisphere festival as “surreal” because the event sees them sharing top billing with some of the biggest names in metal.

“It’s Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax one night, then us, then Slipknot the next night,” he reflects. “I don’t know what we’re doing on that one.

“But we’ve got Weezer on before us on our night, which is a dream come true. We’re going to ask Rivers Cuomo to come up and sing a song with us.”

Meanwhile the band are continuing work on their sixth album, which they hope to release early next year. Neil says: “We’ve done about 16 or 17 demos. One of my favourites is called A Girl and His Cat, which is a bit calypso.”

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