Music critic: Biffy Clyro Glasgow Green
Biffy Clyro, Glasgow Green ****
Only a year late and in a different venue, Biffy Clyro returned roaring to Glasgow Green. The predicted thunderstorms did not materialize – all the electric power was on stage, setting off this veritable trio of power (plus an extra musician here and there for that extra stadium weight).
They announced their comeback live home with North of No South from their most recent album A Celebration of Endings. It wasn’t so much a celebration of debuts as it was reboots. In their enforced absence, Biffy certainly hadn’t forgotten how to experience a concert in one song – almighty sound, coming in waves, including commercial hook, battery drive power, mellow harmonies, guitars. basses and those eccentric twists of Biffy, which took them headlong into this golden rule and the first of several pyrotechnic flourishes.
They looked like the international rock stars they are, with frontman Simon Neil in a silky kimono seemingly ready for his next shoulder massage, after running around the elegant stage of platforms and catwalks. A cool laser strap effect accompanied the stage singing Biblical. Such an iconic airfare isn’t rocket science – unlike some of their more eccentric songs, including the rocky and funky Who’s Got A Match ?, which is on equal parts of ABBA and Queens of the Stone Age.
Elsewhere, the group went wild with rowdy rocker Wolves of Winter, used a string section you could actually hear, beautifully balanced amid all the muscles, on Space, and created the new song Unknown Male 01 before it. it’s not time to load up the Big Gun Bubbles and Horror Hymns.
The highlight of the encore was Cop Syrup, a fierce punk metal attack with room for a pastoral progressive interlude worthy of its fireworks display. But being of the social type, Biffy followed this hammering with the common song of Machines for a last moment of catharsis.
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