Though I’m a huge fan of Biffy Clyro, I have to confess that I’ve been a bit underwhelmed by the tracks they’ve released from the upcoming ‘A Celebration of Endings’ so far. ‘Tiny Indoor Fireworks’ isn’t a bad song by any means, but it suffers from many of the same problems as both prior releases, ‘Instant History’ and ‘End of’.
The Scottish rockers have undeniably delved deeper into their poppier influences on recent albums, but that hasn’t necessarily been a bad thing, as it’s often produced some fantastic songs and allowed the band to flex a musical muscle they hadn’t up until that point. This track however, seems to be unable to dodge some of pop’s more overused tropes, which ends up being its downfall.
Unlike lead single ‘instant History’, ‘Tiny Indoor Fireworks’ lacks the edgier spark that often sets Biffy Clyro apart from many others within the world of modern rock music. I am fully aware that ‘Instant History’ is perhaps the most mainstream sounding release the group have put out into the world, but Simon Neil at least offered something interesting with his vocal take and lyricism. Here, that unfortunately doesn’t present itself.
‘Tiny Indoor Fireworks’ plainly isn’t that exciting. It lacks creativity in terms of its writing and ends up sounding more like album filler than a record-promoting single. The song begins with a repeated chanting of “Hey, hey, hey”, which is admittedly not the sharpest opener Neil has ever penned.
There is some impressive guitar riff work on display as you’d expect from a Biffy tune, and the band work well enough together to create a tightly produced track, but there isn’t much else to say about this one. I strongly believe the album needs to branch out into other areas and shine a brighter light on Simon Neil’s lyrics if it’s to stand as tall as the last few albums from the group have.
The three tracks released from the delayed album thus far, have been catchy enough and aren’t too offensive on the ears, but we’ve (perhaps selfishly) began to demand more from this group. Let’s hope we get an album that surprises us when it’s finally released and not one that follows the format which is currently being presented, all the way through.
Watch the accompanying video to the track, which was impressively put together during lockdown, below:
Artwork taken from Spotify
All words by Jared Musson