The band played a flawless gig and were surprisingly accompanied by a string quartet on a few songs. Although this wasn't necessary it added a nice quality to the concert. Sound quality was good and managed to reach around the two tier room well, even to the low ceilings by the bar.
UK (Birmingham) December 18, 2008
mon_the_fraser, on january 16, 2009 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: "Now I'm everyone, now I'm everyone, now I'm everyone it's less than I've ever been" the words from Simon Neil's lips and as I looked around I saw that this was sadly true. Biffy Clyro used to be for, to put it gently, people that were um, different. However with 2007's Puzzle and the release of Mountains the Biff have won a new less "extreme" audience. So as I looked around I was disgusted by people Who looked confused and genuinely worried by some of the old classics that the older fans recognized. It was a sad state of affairs to see teenage girls with too much foundation and not too much eye liner on.
Of course the band played a flawless gig and were surprisingly accompanied by a string quartet on a few songs. Although this wasn't necessary it added a nice quality to the concert. Sound quality was good and managed to reach around the two tier room well, even to the low ceilings by the bar. // 9
Perfomance: It was depressing to see most of the audience participating in the half which featured the newer Biffy material however only half of the crowd knew all the older materials from Infinity Land, Blackened Sky and Vertigo Of Bliss. The band opened with Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies, with added strings which fired up the crowd. The band not only mixed old and new into the set well, the balance between more intense and mellow songs was also good. Halfway through the show Simon dug out his acoustic and sung both Folding Stars and Machines, about his late mother which was a raw, emotional moment which added to the atmosphere. Although i don't enjoy the newer songs on the radio, Live they just invite the crowd to sing and Mountains officially finished the concert with crowd participation at a high. The show was brought to an end emphatically with 57 and then Now the Action is on Fire! (Full song name not my amazement although it was rather good). // 9
Overall Impression: Despite the amount of "normal" people at the concert there was still a hardcore contingent and the set went down well with them. Simon Neil meets the criteria for a great performer, good crowd banter, musically talented and makes it look so easy. All albums were represented by the band so i didn't feel as though anything i wanted to hear i missed. The ticket cost me about 15 which to see one of my favourite bands and one of the best Live acts from the UK was in my eyes a bargain. I hope to hear more from the band in the new year and until till then mon the Biffy. // 9