Video Of The Week – Biffy Clyro – ‘Different People’ (Live The O2)

This week I have decided to put up the live video that Biffy Clyro Posted on YouTube yesterday of themselves performing ‘Different People’ at the O2 on their recent tour a show that I was in attendance, I chose this for two reasons the first being that it just plain rocks the second being this all but confirms that there will be a DVD release of the show I would suspect which is good news as I’ll get another permanent keepsake of a show I was at! Anyway Enjoy Peeps!

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Biffy Clyro – Opposites – Review

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In Keeping with what I said the other day about trying to update this more often again I thought I’d start by Reviewing one of the albums I’ve been meaning to do for the last 4 months!! Biffy Clyro’s latest offering ‘Opposites’. Lets start by stating the obvious it’s no real secret that I’m a HUGE fan of this band and that in all honesty that probably will cloud my judgement slightly with that being said however I still think that ‘Opposites’ is a REALLY good album especially considering it’s a double album.

‘Different People’ starts the album with some synth slowly getting louder before Simon Neil cuts in with his guitar and vocals for a continuation of the mellow build up before it hits into a riff that everytime I hear reminds me of ‘The Pretender’ by the Foo Fighters, the guitar tone is fantastic and you can tell from this early point just how polished this album is going to sound a really strong way to start the album! Up next is one of the lead singles from the album ‘Black Chandelier’ which is an obvious choice for a single very radio friendly big epic arena sized chorus, but the star of the show in this song for me is the little beatdown bit. ‘Sounds Like Balloons’ comes next and is the first song to capture that quirky Biffy Clyro guitar style, it then proceeds to merge that with arguably the hugest sing-along chorus on the whole album, you also get the first taste of the funnier side of Biffy Clyro’s lyrics ‘Ancient Rome, we built that fucker stone by stone’. Next to appear is the mellow semi acoustic number ‘Opposite’ which takes the place filled by ‘God & Satan’ on ‘Only Revolutions’ or ‘Machines’ on ‘Puzzle’, a perfectly nice little song but definitely treading on areas they have before. The first song I heard from this album was ‘The Jokes On Us’ when it was debuted when Biffy supported the Foo Fighters at Milton Keynes, as soon as I heard it then I liked it and I remember listening to the grainy sounding crowd shot versions of the song for quite a while afterwards.. it sounds really great on record really crisp and precise. Another single ‘Biblical’ comes now before another three songs give way to CD1 closer ‘The Thaw’ which is another of the more mellow beautiful Biffy Clyro songs and is a really nice way to conclude the first half of the album.

Disc 2 starts with the first song that was officially released from the album ‘Stingin’ Belle’ which is very to the ‘Opposites’ album what ‘That Golden Rule’ was to ‘Only Revolutions’, by which I mean that heavier sounding really meaty sounding song, I find that Biffy Clyro tend to when you see them live, with the first song, either give you an epic opener such as ‘Different People’ like on disc one, or a smash mouth straight at you opener, with this album they achieve both starting each disc with the opposite (no pun intended) ends of the spectrum, this song is concluded by the awesome addition of bagpipes!! ‘Modern Magic Formula’ follows and displays some of that quirkyness again as Simon ‘Freaks Out’ this was one of the 2 previously non played songs they cracked out when I saw them at Download. Next to appear on the album is a mariachi band for the song ‘Spanish Radio’ which is an interesting and different vibe, ‘Victory Over The Sun’ follows which is in all honesty probably my favourite song over the double album, it has such an old school vibe to it, so much so it would probably slot straight into the ‘Blackened Sky’ album relatively unnoticed, as it is a slow builder with lots of clean picking before eventually they slowly build up on the distortion a little bit at a time, I genuinely can’t put into words how much I love this song. The less said about ‘Pocket’ the better really it’s the one song No matter how many times I’ve tried I just can’t take to it’s just far too… poppy. ‘Trumpet or Tap’ sees the inclusion of a genuine tap dancer on the chorus and is another song that is a slow burner as it gently winds it’s way to an heavy conclusion. ‘Skylight’ is another massive high point in the album for me it’s such a beautiful song and it genuinely gave me goosebumps live. Finally another couple of decent songs give way to the final song ‘Picture A Knife Fight’ which is rockier number with yet another huge chorus clearly written for the huge arenas they now fill on tours a pretty solid way to finish a very strong album.

Overall as I say I think there is probably some bias in this review but even when I push that aside (or at least attempt to) in my opinion you are still left with an extremely strong rock album, and what will in all honesty come the end of the year be in the mix for one of my albums of the year (Along with the next to be reviewed ‘The Next Day’ by David Bowie) in a time where guitar music is definitely on the decline in the mainstream at least Biffy Clyro are one of the few shining beacons left keeping the fight alive!

Rating: –

8.5/10

Tracklisting: –

Disc 1

01. ‘Different People’
02. ‘Black Chandelier’
03. ‘Sounds Like Balloons’
04. ‘Opposite’
05. ‘The Jokes On Us’
06. ‘Biblical’
07. ‘A Girl And His Cat’
08. ‘The Fog’
09. ‘Little Hospitals’
10. ‘The Thaw’

Disc 2

01. ‘Stingin Belle’
02. ‘Modern Magic Formula’
03. ‘Spanish Radio’
04. ‘Victory Over The Sun’
05. ‘Pocket’
06. ‘Trumpet Or Tap’
07. ‘Skylight’
08. ‘Accident Without Emergency’
09. ‘Woo Woo’
10. ‘Picture A Knife Fight’

Recommended Tracks: –

‘Victory Over The Sun’, ‘Skylight’, ‘Black Chandelier’, ‘The Jokes On Us’, ‘Sounds Like Balloons’

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Biffy Clyro – The O2 – Live Review – 03/04/2013

Ive been meaning to do this for the last few days but kept getting distracted so I really should apologise for the belated nature of this review!, as previously mentioned I traveled up to the O2 in London last week to see Biffy Clyro yet again, and it has to be said every time I go to the O2 I forget how big that place really is!!

Support: –

The support like Bournemouth was once again ‘City & Colour’ the only difference was that this time we got to see their entire set as apposed to walking in a few songs in, I have to say though my opinion of them changed very little however, I think that they are pretty good musicians and they put forward a really strong performance, that being said I found it hard to be particularly enthralled or excited by any of their material, solid enough live just not for me I’m afraid.

Main Headliner: –

That brings me to the almighty Biffy Clyro and the 13th time I’ve seen them!! Obviously having seen a band that many times gives you more than a good idea what to expect! Biffy were in astonishing form, a band in full flow amid touring and it shows as they pulled off yet another showstopping performance! I thought the sound all night was amazing especially considering the size of the venue that they were filling!! I know every time I see them I say that the ending to ‘That Golden Rule’ sounds even more monstrous or epic but it really is true and somehow at the O2 it was taken up an even bigger notch!

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the Bournemouth show because it was a more intimate venue and you get all the bonus’ that come with that, but if truth be told I had much more fun at this show, I found the crowd to be quite flat at Bournemouth for parts of the show that intertwined with the annoyance of people talking at the top of their voices during the acoustic numbers really did bother me, none of this was true at the O2 however as it was much more of a party atmosphere everyone was there to have a good time and this really showed with the near word for word sing-alongs all night and the dancing. The party atmosphere also seemed to reverberate back to the band as they seemed to be having a lot more fun than the sometimes serious more workmanlike Biffy Clyro. The band also took the chance to take full advantage of the huge arena bring large fire pyro’s with them, making it snow confetti to ‘The Thaw’ before the confetti deluge for show closer ‘Mountains’, all of which were absent from the Bournemouth show!

Highlights: –

As ever with a Biffy Clyro show it’s hard to narrow this down as the entire show was a completely flawless performance (If you ignore Simon Neil trying to sing the wrong verse during one song), I will of course always have a soft spot for the older material with ‘Glitter & Trauma’ taking the plaudits for me on this night as it sounded particularly special. In all honesty though it was some of the material from ‘Opposites’ that really hit home for me on this night as it just seemed to come alive when put in the live environment, ‘Victory Over The Sun’ is fast becoming one of my favourite Biffy Clyro songs for the last few years, ‘Sounds Like Baloons’ is a song that is clearly written for mass participation in arena’s and that’s what it gets, ‘The Thaw’ sounded every bit as lovely as it does on record and the “snow” really added, however the song that I really couldn’t get out of my head though was definitely ‘Skylight’ the performance was beautiful and the stage show that accompanied it just made it and amazing experience! It really has to be said no matter how many times I listen to/see Biffy Clyro I will never get tired of them truly one of the most phenomenal bands on the planet!! Until next time Biffy Clyro.. Until next time…

Setlist: –

‘Different People’
‘That Golden Rule’
‘Sounds Like Balloons’
‘Black Chandelier’
‘Modern Magic Formula’
‘Justboy’
‘Opposite’
‘Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies’
‘Bubbles’
‘Victory Over the Sun’
‘A Day of…’
‘Biblical’
‘Spanish Radio’
‘There’s No Such Thing as a Jaggy Snake’
‘God & Satan’
‘The Thaw’
‘Machines’
‘Glitter and Trauma’
‘Who’s Got a Match?’
‘The Joke’s on Us’
‘Many of Horror’
‘Picture a Knife Fight’
‘The Captain’

Encore:

‘Skylight’
‘Stingin’ Belle’
‘Mountains’

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Biffy Clyro – Bournemouth B.I.C – 26/03/13 – Review

Last night I took the trip west to Bournemouth along with my younger brother James and mate Tom, the reason for this trip? To see the might Biffy Clyro for the first time on their current tour and the 12th time seeing them overall, so having seen a band that many times its safe to say I had a good idea what to expect. I have to say I was impressed with the venue with this being the first time I’ve ever visited the B.I.C for a gig, the sound was fantastic all night.

Support: –

The support came in the form of City & Colour, they are a band I knew nothing about and walked in as they were already on stage, what I saw of them was quite impressive the musicianship was strong within the band and the live performance was genuinely good, I have to say I’m not convinced it’s the kinda thing I would listen to in my own time but they seemed a decent support I may get another chance to make up my mind next Wednesday if I see them at the O2 in London.

Main Headliners: –

So the clock rolled over to 20:30 and the lights went out which could only mean one thing Biffy Clyro were set to hit the stage, the intro to ‘Different People’ came across the speakers before a typically shirtless Simon Neil walked out to sing the opening lines of the song before the main riff kicked in dropping the curtain to reveal the rest of the band and a mightily impressive stage set up.

The setlist throughout the night unsurprisingly was new material heavy what with the recent release of their new double album ‘Opposites’, although thankfully they did find room for a few tracks off of the first three albums something they hadn’t been doing over the European legs of the tour. The sound throughout the night was fantastic and it was good to see that additional live guitarist Mike Vennart is starting to be a bit more adventurous on stage as well. The stage set up was the biggest difference from a lot of the earlier Biffy shows I’ve seen in the past as the fact that they are now regularly selling out arenas has clearly not been lost on them as they bought an army of cameras for the animated backdrop and probably in all likelihood footage for a future DVD, as well as an imposing structure with a floating bridge for the band to ascend an descend as they wish and for this first time they bought lasers as well.

Highlights: –

Rather unsurprisingly I’m gonna say the entire set was a highlight.. slightly clichéd I know especially as I’ve said it for two or three of the recent shows I’ve been too but it is genuinely true the entire two-hour set was nothing short of nigh on perfection, it did make me laugh when Simon Neil accidentally introduced the wrong song introducing ‘A Day Of…’ instead of ‘The Rain’, it also never ceases to amaze me how the ending to ‘That Golden Rule’ sounds more and more monstrous every time I see them, ‘Who’s Got A Match’ always has the amusing bit where Simon Neil refuses to sing one of the lines and instead covers it up with a bunch of random noises. Of the new material the songs that stood out for me where ‘Black Chandelier’, ‘The Jokes On Us’, the old school sounding ‘Victory Over The Sun’ and the beautiful encore opener ‘Skylight’. I also have to obviously mention the old school stuff ‘Glitter & Trauma’ sounded as epic as ever and ‘There’s No Such Thing As A Jaggy Snake’ is always amazing and extremely welcome in the set as is ‘Justboy’ and ‘A Day Of..’ a song that I’ve not seen for a long time! Overall it was an amazing show and it has only warmed my appetite even more for time number 13 next Wednesday at the O2 in London.

Setlist: –

‘Different People’
‘That Golden Rule’
‘Sounds Like Balloons’
‘Black Chandelier’
‘Modern Magic Formula’
‘Justboy’
‘Opposite’
‘Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies’
‘Bubbles’
‘Victory Over the Sun’
‘The Rain’
‘A Day of…’
‘Biblical’
‘Spanish Radio’
‘There’s No Such Thing as a Jaggy Snake’
‘God & Satan’
‘The Thaw’
‘Machines’
‘Glitter and Trauma’
‘Who’s Got a Match?’
‘The Joke’s on Us’
‘Many of Horror’
‘Picture a Knife Fight’
‘The Captain’

Encore:

‘Skylight’
‘Stingin’ Belle’
‘Mountains’

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