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Biffy Clyro on the way fans have received their latest album ‘Ellipsis’

A little bit of theatre hurt nobody, and it's good to keep people guessing.”

No-one can dispute Ben Johnston's dedication to heading back to Australia. Calling from his home in Scotland after completing a busy 2017 global touring schedule, the drummer for alt-rock giants Biffy Clyro finds himself unwinding at the end of a long day in a freezing, snow-swept winter – yet, you can hear his enthusiasm to hit the road.

"We're dying to come back," says Johnston. "It's really frustrating for us that we've taken this long since the release of Ellipsis to come out there, so we're raring to go.

"The Aussies act pretty much like people do in Britain, but they take it just a tiny bit crazier,"

he laughs. "There's always a smaller crowd than there is back home, but they make up for the lack of numbers with a lot of noise and a lot of passion. Every time I come over [I see] friends that have moved from Scotland and lived in Glasgow. Melbourne's great specifically, because I've always had a friend there and always felt comfortable. I love coming."

Together with brother James and childhood friend Simon Neil, the trio have seen a massive two years, both playing around the world and crafting their seventh studio album, Ellipsis. Produced by Rich Costey, Ellipsis represents another stylistic evolution in the band's varied catalogue, brimming with a suitably power-packed arsenal for their famously energetic live shows.

"I love playing live, you get such an amazing adrenaline rush, but when you're making an album you get a really fulfilling feeling," Johnston says. "It's such a magical thing to make a record, especially when you're feeding off a producer who gets a band – and in this case, helping a band change direction in a way.

“That’s all so fulfilling and enriching, but then putting [on] a gig is more of a party. It's great, and you're out, and you're just unbelievably happy, free and making a connection with the audience. You're getting all of the endorphins from playing live so it's like taking drugs, it's incredible. Making an album is more of a process of feeling great about yourself in the band and life in general."

A year and a half since the release of Ellipsis, the pure-rock stylings of the new album have resonated with the band’s dedicated fans. Johnston would like to say that there's a moment when the group knows that they've found that elemental 'something-great', but truthfully, the formation of anything is a natural and unexpected experiment at times. That, of course, is half the fun.

“We're all so self-critical and we always set the bar so high that we're always quite nervous until we're ready to mix. That's the point where we know that we've got something – we've got all the stuff recorded, we've heard a couple of rough mixes and we're ready to do the final mixes. That's when we start relaxing a little bit.

"‘Friends and Enemies’ was a song that [we] couldn't quite find a home for in terms of how to produce it and how to present it, because it could work in so many different ways. We almost had it as a ballad at one point. It ended up being what it is, which is so far from a ballad. We took this idea from Simon [which] unlocked the song. When that happened, that was a beautiful week."

Be it the cathartic power of their live shows or their technical prowess in the studio, the true magic that has seen the band go from strength to strength for over two decades comes from the dynamic trio's close bonds ("I need my brothers," Johnston says on the topic of creation). Though every album wields its own distinct vibe, the atmosphere of each release – compounded with the pursuit of creative endeavour and the spark between those within it –  is permanently, unmistakably Biffy.

"A little bit of theatre hurt nobody, and it's good to keep people guessing,” Johnston says. “That's probably the trait that you would identify with Biffy the most. If you need a song that was just a little bit wonky, but still holds an excellent melody, then that's the sort of music we make.

“We've always been a little bit obstinate and we've never been fans of just completely fitting in any one mould."

Biffy Clyro will perform at The Forum on Friday April 27.