Before we go into this review I want to take this moment to congratulate Biffy Clyro for selling out the biggest venue of their North American tour!
A feat considered a massive achievement for the band that’s amassed a massive crowd at Reading and Leeds Festival and playing Wembly in support of Muse later in the year.
Biffy is finally getting recognition here in the states after nearly a decade of releasing albums and extensive touring.
The line for the sold out gig was filled with excited fans, some singing the bands singles such as Bubbles and Many of Horror but the thunderous chant of “MON THE BIFF” could be heard from half a block away and followed once the doors to the venue opened.
The first act Moving Mountains is a band I never heard of before despite being a native to New York. I decided to go in fresh and this is a decision I think was a smart one.
The band played a beautiful set of raw energy and passion. Imagine Editors mixed with Biffy mixed with well…nope that doesn’t even come closer. The band reminds the crowd of what an electric guitar can accomplish while still utilizing melodic and even orchestrated harmonies in their break downs.
Frontman Gregory Dunn would shout into his microphone and thrash about on his telecaster as the bands lead guitarist Frank Graniero would dazzle the crowd with his relentless energy.
The best compliment I can give the band is that after their set I purchased their 2008 EP titled Foreword and all I can say is that their massive sound translates greatly onto recorded tracks.
After the bands set finished the chants of “MON THE BIFF” continued as though they never died. After a short set up Simon Neil ran towards his red Stratocaster, set his hand onto his bridge and bought it up to make his guitar howl for the start of The Captain.
The bands performance blew me away ten times fold. Their 22 song set went from heavy thrash tunes to soft ballads of love and loss. The entire venue stayed quiet throughout “Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies” and went immensely mental during “Saturday Superhosue” and “That Golden Rule”.
While in the photo pit I couldn’t stop singing a long to every song and right until the final track (“Mountains”) my lungs would not give into exhaustion. Well done Biffy Clyro and I honestly cannot wait to see you next time.
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