Neil at Rock am Ring 2013
|Simon Alexander Neil|
|Born||31 August 1979|
Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland
|Origin||Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland|
|Genres||Alternative rock, post-hardcore|
|Singer, songwriter, record producer|
Born in Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland, Simon Neil formed Biffy Clyro in 1995 at 15 years old recruiting Kilmarnock-born James Johnston and someone known only as Barry on bass and drums respectively, calling themselves Skrewfish. Barry was soon replaced by Ben Johnston, James's twin brother, and Biffy Clyro was effectively formed. In 1997, the trio moved to Glasgow, where Neil studied Electronics with Music at the University of Glasgow. He also Studied Film and TV for a year before leaving to pursue music full-time. By then, Simon's musical tastes had expanded; In 2000, the band were spotted at the Unsigned Bands stage at T in the Park by a Beggars Banquet representative. Soon after, the band was signed to the independent Beggar's Banquet.
Biffy Clyro have since released seven albums, signed to a major record label, and toured relentlessly. Neil has stated that Biffy Clyro lyrics often come from phrases he writes down in a notebook he keeps by his bed.
It was announced in late 2008 that the Duke was to make a return in 2009 with the follow-up album and second in the trilogy, Duke Pandemonium. The first single from the second album, "Kid Gloves" was released on 9 February 2009.
Neil lives in Ayr with his wife Francesca, whom he married at St. Columba Church in Ayr on 5 January 2008. The song "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys was used for their first dance, and Neil has the song's chorus, "God only knows what I'd be without you", tattooed on his chest.. Neil is a lifelong fan of the football team Rangers FC.
The following is a list of musical equipment used by Simon Neil:
|2001||"Zionist Timing"||Aereogramme||A Story in White|
|2002||"Hangover"||Sucioperro||Why Bliss Destroy|
|"Love In The Guise Of Friendship"|
|"Capable Of More"|
|2010||"It's My Tail and I'll Chase It If I Want To"||Oceansize||Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up|
|2016||"Reason to Stay"||Good Charlotte||Youth Authority|