tonight and only support for the rest of the tour
is City & Colour, the singer from the now
defunct band, Alexis On Fire, Dallas Green and
his live touring band. They are playing quite
a good bluesy/folk sort of sound, the songs are
easy to listen to, his voice is quite soulful
and full of feeling. The guitar work is simple
and to the point, while the band consists of a
drummer, an electric guitarist, bass, and keys.
It's a good full sound, well written and very
well received by the crowd that's here, only half
full with people trickling in all the time. They
are missing a very good set. I can't believe how
good this band is, the songs are so catchy, every
song is something different but with a familiar
feel to them, all the songs are stand out, this
is music I think even my dad would like, there's
not too many bands I could say can do that.
been some time since I've seen Biffy in a venue,
the last few times have been at festivals, I remember
when they were playing tents, now they are headlining
main stages, how the winds and fortunes have changed
for this band and rightly so.
They open their set with 'Different People', a
lively opener to get the crowd going then take
it up a notch with a blinding rendition of 'That
Golden Rule', sending the crowd barmy, they then
simmer things down a bit with 'Sounds Like Balloons'.
It's an electric start to the night.
miss the next few songs making my way to the seat,
but 'Black Chandelier' and 'Opposites' sound good
from the area outside the arena.
'Justboy' is where I get back into the gig and
my seat. This is followed by 'Living is a Problem',
just such a great live song, sending the crowd
mental, so lively and rocking the venue from front
to back, this continues with 'Bubbles', getting
the crowd singing along with fists in the air
and bouncing from start to end, superb.
far so good it's a nicely paced set with the songs
int he mid set keeping things from dropping off
and flowing very nicely.
'Victory Over The Sun', starts off slow but soon
picks up and kicks the set back into life, mind
you the previous two songs are going to be hard
to top with energy given from the band and crowd.
'A Day Of' is up next, taking things back a few
albums, good to hear some older material and tracks
a little less crowd friendly, you can spot the
older fans by their reaction to this song, other
folk who may only know the last few albums are
songs filling out the mid set are 'Biblical',
which gets the crowd going again, with its catchy
chorus. Other songs include 'Spanish Radio', 'There's
No Such Thing As A Jagged Snake', the superbly
catchy and acoustic version of 'God & Satan',
'The Thaw' off the new album, the excellent 'Machines'
another acoustic song, 'Glitter & Trauma',
the fantastic 'Who's Got a Match', which takes
us into the final few songs of main set.
final few songs start off with the very lively
'The Jokes On Us', ' Many Of Horror', takes things
down a notch but everyone is singing to this one,
just wow. Things get lively again with 'Picture
a Knife Fight', off the new album. The main set
closer is 'The Captain', superb simply superb,
the band still giving it their all with high energy
and closing the main set in fine style.
After a short break and many chants of "mon
the biff", they continue where they left
off with 'Skylight', 'Stingin Belle' and the fantastic
'Mountains', what a way to close out the night.
Catch Biffy while you can as they are a great
City And Colour 4/5
Biffy Clyro 5/5
Review By Robert Lawrence