Accompanied by a string
quartet, Biffy Clyro
sauntered on to the stage to an unbelievable crowd response.
It was the kind of cheer you expect at the end of a gig when
the crowd are baying for more.
They opened with living is a Problem Because Everything
Dies, a song that could only ever be an opener, which
smacked you in the chest and left you in no doubt about the
power they would emit from the stage. Saturday Powerhouse, A
whole Child Ago and Get Fucked Stud quickly followed with
barely a blink between each song.
From the outset the band were deep into their music, not so
much performing it but basking in its brilliance. Don’t get me
wrong, they weren’t coming over all “look at me, I’m
amazing” they were just so into it that you knew just how
passionate they are about what they do.
Accompanied by just a cellist, Simon Neil calmed proceedings
mid set with acoustic renditions of Folding Stars and
Machines displaying a melodic and soulful side that was good
The full band returned, bringing the tempo back up to speed
with Glitter and Trauma from the 2004 album Infinity Land
and the melodic shuffle, Justboy, from Blackened Sky. Biffy
are seen by some as a new band since songs from the latest
album, Puzzle, have secured them regular airplay on Radio 1
but the fans here were clearly staunch and loyal.
As the band moved in to songs from earlier albums like Joy
Discovery Invention, 27, Convex-Concave and Justboy, and
rounded up the set with Mountains, the crowed continued
their backing vocals throughout with just the same
the stage amidst a riotous ovation, we were treated to an
encore of four more songs: Now I’m Everyone (a personal
favourite), As Dust Dances and 57 with Now the Action is on
Fire, building to a stunning climax and seeing Simon Neil
exiting the stage via the speaker stack.
are one of the best rock bands the country has seen for
quite some time and one of the best live acts too. Roll on
the next album!
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