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12/17/2012 11:24 am ET Updated Feb 16, 2013

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Biffy Clyro Raise The "Black Chandelier"

My heart breaks for Newtown... the families, the students, the town, and the state of Connecticut. It breaks for these United States of America. Do we need TSA in our elementary schools now? I hope not. I just pray for the families and hope this tragedy will be the last in a sad, sick and twisted trend of late. I hope it leads to a serious reevaluation of our mental health system and to some sort of gun control. In any event, on with today's column which seems all so inconsequential now.

When we collide we come together,
If we don't we'll always be apart.
I'll take a bruise, I know you're worth it.
When you hit me, hit me hard.

Man, those lyrics just cut to the core don't they? The words come from Biffy Clyro's breakthrough single "Many of Horror," which scored significant airplay a couple years back. As a matter of fact - it's still in heavy rotation on many alt-rock stations and deservedly so. The song is almost as good as Jason Segal's Andre the Giant impersonation, and trust me to quote Andy Samberg pretending to be Nicolas Cage - that's "high praise." Anyway, the Scottish trio are back with their new single "Black Chandelier," which proves they're no one-trick ponies - although I have to admit, I've never seen a pony who knew more than one trick. The band (Simon Neil, James Johnston, and Ben Johnston) just released that single off their forthcoming Oppositesalbum, which is a follow-up to their smash album Only Revolutions which sold over 800,000 copies worldwide. While they've found success in the states, the band are superstars in England (they sold out Wembley Arena) and it's only a matter of time that they grow larger than a certain French wrestler who appeared in The Princess Bride. Earlier this month, the band performed their new single and talked about it in New York City, and no I didn't bring up a 1980s wrestling star. I leave that Non Sequitur for print, baby! Watch. Listen. Love.

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music series features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing.

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