About bloody time! Simon Neil has been dabbling in a side-outlet called ZZC since he contributed to Zane Lowe’s Drive soundtack two years back and told us a few more tid-bits of information about the project a year later. Now, the Biffy Clyro frontman has shed a bit more light about what to expect.
Originally planned for a 2016 release - “I made a record by myself called ZZC that’ll hopefully come out next year” he told us last year - Simon Neil is now pointing towards next year, instead.
Speaking to Kerrang! about his latest project, Neil was reluctant to label it a lone pursuit. “I’m reticent to say ‘solo’,” he said. “It’s another outlet, I guess. It’s a purely electronic album. I wrote it and made it when I was trying to make [Biffy Clyro’s] ‘Ellipsis’ and I was worried about writing a Biffy song and making it as good as all our other songs. That wasn’t working so I had to go away and make some different music.”
“I ended up making this dance record,” the frontman explained. “It’s quite sparse. Some of it’s ambient, some of it’s hilarious. There’s not a guitar on it. It’ll be called ZZC but if you Google ‘ZZC’ it comes up as a Japanese porn site. I really should have checked.”
Have a listen to the ZZC track Simon Neil released as part of Zane’s Drive re-scoring below.
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