Saturday, May 20, 2006

Mon the Biffy!

So last night was spent with my good friend Brett Gamble checking out a few bands in Leeds. Now I'm going to have to be careful because I don't want to upset people, but two of them were rubbish and one of them was awesome as ever. Obviously, it would be very unprofessional of me to name names but I feel that it would also be wrong not to write about the bands

Kicking things of were the numeracy obsessed up-and-coming darling of the Leeds scene. I think it would be fair to say that I've never really bought there art-jazz noodling styling. I think it would be best described as art for arts sake and lets worry about melody later. A lot of bands seem to be hung up on the notion that if they play something in an odd time signiture they are automatically more interesting than other bands. Unless you are The Dismemberment Plan or Dillinger Escape Plan than you are not. You are just more tiresome to listen to. And it helps if you can play in 4/4 before you start trying to play in 6/9

Next up were Biffy Clyro who immediatly showed that all that jazz noodling and rhythm shifting the first lot touted was possible in a tight, jagged package. Plus choruses. Imagine that. However, they played a really obscure set, drawing mainly from the last album and only playing bizarre late album cuts from the their first two records. There seemed to be a hardcore BC crowd at the front of the stage which was nice to see, as the band weren't making much of an inroad into a auidence that were there to see the headline band and the headline band only

So the headliners then. I was wondering how they were going to produce an hours set out of an album that is only 45 minutes long. The answer was to play all of the songs, very, very slowly, although they often sped up unintentionally in the middle of tracks. At one point the singer told the crowd that this was the biggest audience they'd ever played to. It showed.

I really don't get the interest surrounding this band. It's pretty clear that in their record collection they've got Interpol, New Order and Joy Division records. I would imagine that the vocalist has spent a portion of his life developing an unhealthy Ian Curtis obsession. Rest assured that the difficult second album is going to sound a lot like the difficult first album

So I'm going to post some Biffy Clyro because I used to love this band, and the first two albums are brilliant. They should have been massive but it's never quite worked out for them. However, they seem happy in what they do and they have a loyal fan base who will pick up everything they ever do. And they still know how to rock the facial hair too

Biffy Clyro - 57

Biffy Clyro - Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys

Biffy Clyro - Questions & Answers

Biffy Clyro - Glitter and Trauma

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