It is a widely known fact that the Scots know how to party and Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are no exception. Having formed at a very young age in 1995, the core trio of Simon Neil and twin brothers Ben and James Johnston have stood the test of time together. Spending much of their early days just doing local gigs. Their debut album, ‘Blackened Sky’ was released in 2002 with reasonable success. However it was 2007’s ‘Puzzle’ which bought them their first real taste of success with the album reaching #2 on the UK Album charts. This was in part attributed to the guys gravitating toward a more mainstream sound. Supporting some huge names in music meant their exposure and subsequent fanbase grew exponentially. With multiple platinum albums they are one of the UK’s biggest selling artists.
So as the crowd built, it was no surprise that there were no short lines at the bar as the party was getting into full swing from the get go. Melbourne’s rock fans, including a huge sector of Scottish ex-pats were planning to have a very enjoyable night.
Opening, for the night was Brisbane’s own WAAX. Having seen them open recently for Fall Out Boy, I knew they were going to set the vibe just right. Vocalist Maz did what she does best and got the crowd moving. The reception for them was fantastic. I am convinced if they continue to work hard they will become a well known name in Aussie music. Straight off the back of a short changeover, the semi-clad rockers took to the stage to a tremendous roar.
Launching straight into “Wolves of Winter” they were very warmly welcomed and proceeded straight into the first three songs without a break. Stopping then briefly to shout a very happy
“How are you doin’ Melbourne?”. With a no nonsense approach there was little time for banter as they took straight back up with “Biblical”, “Who’s got a Match” and “Bubbles”. The energetic performance was already generating plenty of activity amongst the wall-to-wall packed crowd.
With Scottish flags flying high, “Black Chandelier”, which for the most part is probably their best known track for casual fans in Australia, got the crowd singing in full voice.
Pulling out more favourites such as “Re-arrange” “Medicine” and “Howl”, which was the point at which Simon chose to talk about how much Australia and in particular, Melbourne was a favourite place to return to.
There were two clear high points of the set for me being “Mountains” and “Many of Horror” which had some of the best crowd vocal participation I have ever heard. Every lyric of every line of both of these songs were sung loudly with such passion, it was a very emotional sight to see.
Finishing a strong set with an encore of “Machines” and “Stingin Belle”, this was one jam packed, high energy show that kept the beats coming as thick and fast as their Scottish accents. There is certainly no denying that the lads put everything into the show and the crowd gave their all right back in a dynamic that would make many bands envious.
Such was the hype and energy that as the crowd spilled out onto Flinders Street, many of which were pulling out their best Braveheart accents, there was an air of both satisfaction and contentment of having just seen an exceptionally enjoyable rock show. It is no wonder Biffy Clyro are one of the UK’s and in fact, the worlds premier bands.
Review Contributed by Jodi Maree