Here we have a reviewers worst nightmare, the unique and absorbing Biffy Clyro. With a band name and song titles to match the indescribable type of music, Biffy are one on their own. Obviously rocks in there, but after that its anyones guess (including the band I imagine). The grunge influences can be heard, what with the driving guitars and backing rhythms from the drums and bass holding it together. Its when the songs go off on one that it gets interesting.
The shift in tempos and change of directions makes it difficult to nod your head to the every-changing beat, but the fans manage it well. That is the thing, Biffy have been successful for years in the underground scene, and it's only recently that they are starting to get noticed; just because some popular music magazine says it is their time to shine. If this helps them on the way they themselves want to go then thats great, but not if it disrupts their sound, which could end up driving the loyal fans away.
The first time I heard last single Saturday Superhouse I though it was a little poppy for them; with a little too much structure and not enough of the crazy ramblings we are used to. Nevermind though; as a lot of tonights set list focuses on songs from the last three albums. Sure we have a taster of the new album Puzzle, in the way of new single Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies, but the best songs are from Blackened Sky (57, Justboy and Joy.Discovery.Invention) and Infinity Land (My Recovery Injection, Glitter And Trauma and the great Theres No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake).
The band dont talk much, and the little they say is spoken with such a Scottish accent it is sometimes difficult to interpret over the feedback from the speakers. Simon Neil is a young rock girls dream; wearing no shirt and covered in tattoos, his face hardly visible under that black mop of tangled hair. James Johnston stands at the other end of the stage, his red locks also obscuring his face. Ben Johnston seems to have seen sense; having lopped off his hair (probably so that he can see what he is doing behind those drums).
This also helps him when providing a third of the bands vocals, with all the Scots having some input (although much of the wailings come from Neil). The quiet/loud dynamics work well, both vocally and musically, and those new to Biffy can appreciate the complicated style in which they play.
Mon The Biffy! gets shouted out a few times (as in Come On Biffy!). The lads may not have much repertoire with their fans but they can afford to just let the music do the talking for them, and with the amount of touring they are doing at the moment (fresh from the Kerrang Tour in January, onto this sell-out tour and then to the Summer festivals) its not long before their fan base will be going overground.
Whos Got A Match?
Joy. Discovery. Invention
Liberate The Illiterate/A Mong Among Mingers
My Recovery Injection
Now Im Everyone
Get Fucked Stud
Some kind Of Wizard
All The Way Down: Prologue Chapter 1
The Kids From Kibble And The Fist Of Light
Questions And Answers
Love Has A Diameter
Glitter And Trauma
Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies
Theres No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake
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