Biffy Clyro @ Corn Exchange 21-08-09

August 31, 2009

Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, August 21 * * * *

You don’t necessarily have to be a Biffy Clyro fan to enjoy and appreciate a Biffy Clyro gig. Their heart-on-sleeve honesty, raw passion and ability to whip a crowd, no matter what the size, into a frenzied sweaty mass makes them arguably one of the best live bands currently plying its trade on the road.
While venues continue to get bigger with every album, the band’s sound and intensity has remained constant, stuck on eleven and showing no signs of dropping. They’re a trio who thrive live and tonight in front of a vociferous sell-out crowd they did just that.
Every angular jolt of frantic guitar seemed to send shockwaves through the fifty-deep throng at the front of the stage, sparking the kind of fervor most bands can only dream of. Feeding off the crowd’s energy singer Simon Neil was like a man possessed, wrestling his guitar with an all-consuming passion between bouts of screamed vocals.
They were at their most potent on the colossal Who’s Got A Match, new single That Golden Rule and crowd favourite Mountains, but judging by the discussions post gig, for many it was the emotionally-charged phones-in-the-air Machines which provided tonight’s enduring memory.


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