Biffy Clyro: “Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ gave our band permission to exist”

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s genre-defining album

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Simon Neal of Biffy Clyro recalled the impact that Nirvana’s genre-defining second album, Nevermind, had on him and the rest of the band on its 30th anniversary.

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The iconic LP, which was released on September 24, 1991 and included hit singles such as ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Come As You Are’, saw Nirvana – featuring Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic – Bring in alternative music. Mainstream, an inspiring legacy of music lovers and three generations of musicians along the way.

One said musician greatly influenced by Nirvana’s great work is Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neal, who spoke to Granthshala About the importance of the album and its hidden track, ‘Endless Nameless’.


“‘Endless Nameless’ was the first hidden track I ever heard on the record,” revealed Neal. “I just left the album playing and it’s amazing cacophony erupted from the speakers. We did that trick for our second and third albums with the hidden tracks deliberately ripping off Nirvana because we thought it was the coolest thing ever. Good thing

“We loved Nirvana so much that we used to perform their records in full while we rehearsed, and when it comes to jamming ‘Endless Nameless,’ you feel like it’s one of the best riffs ever written. I guess he didn’t know his album was going to be such a smash-hit and would overtake Michael Jackson at number one, but the fact that the record for doing so belongs to the seven-minute Atonal Heavy Monster, just It’s so cool. I love that.”

He continued: “It’s one of the first pieces of extreme music that really turned me on. I didn’t like riffing and showing off – I just wanted intensity. That’s what ‘Endless Nameless’ taught me. At the time, Nothing was real in music – rock music in particular.

“Nirvana was just three normal people from a rainy and pathetic part of the world who were really expressing themselves in a very original way. ‘Nevermind’ allowed our band to exist.”


Meanwhile, Nirvana has announced a special reissue of ‘Nevermind’ to mark the 30th anniversary of the iconic album.

It is to be remastered from the original half-inch stereo analog tapes in high-resolution 192kHz 24-bit for a series of reissues, which will be released on November 12.

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