Biffy Clyro is undoubtedly one if the most amazing bands to have come out if the UK in the last couple of decade. Last night, they finished their tour of Australia in style with an impassioned gig at the Enmore Theatre.
It was an incredible night that started with choirs tracks in the background, plunging the already eerie stage into darkness and sending a palpable sense of excitement for what’s to come coursing through the baying audience.
As the band emerged to a chorus of ‘Biffy’ chants, they stood and waited – building the anticipation, prior to bursting into ‘Wolves of Winter’ from their most recent album Ellipses.
Before the crowd can even muster a cheer, the band moves seamlessly into ‘Living is a Problem’ with a protracted version of their epic intro. The crowd didn’t mind though, loving the energy that the band had already expelled only two songs in.
Mid way through the song, seemingly on the verge of its crescendo, lead singer Simon Neil merges into a song to the crowd – thanking them for coming out and being ‘amazing’, before hammering home the end of ‘Living is a Problem’ – much to the joy of the crowd.
The tone of the evening was well and truly set.
The end of the song heralds on of the first of many guitar changes for the band as the speed and ferocity that the band plays with, and has become the Biffy moniker, puts their guitars out of tune. Perhaps the only guys working as hard as the band, were the crew that feverishly, neigh frantically, work like doctors trying to revive their patient ready for the next exchange. To you sirs, we doff our caps.
After the conclusion of ’57’ from first album Blackened Sky, Simon takes time to address the audience, “Good evening Sydney! We are Biffy f**king Clyro and it is a pleasure to be back.’ The pleasure is ours.
The band continues to play tracks from most of their albums including ‘Who’s Got a Match’, ‘Bubbles’ and a surprising crowd favourite, ‘Biblical’ – which in the enclosed space of the Enmore was spiritually awakening, as the crowd sang along in (something like) perfect harmony.
Any semblance of that harmony is quickly snatched from the air, with Biffy slamming into ‘That Golden Rule’ – my pick for what their first song would have been…but what do I know?
With this, a mosh pit develops as sweat-laden members of the crowd simultaneously head bang while running into one another – it is a sight to behold. One of chaos and control, all at once deferring a sort of reverence for the band by making it a place of fun and not aggression.
Taking a well-earned rest, Simon speaks to the crowd, “you guys still ok?” To which the they respond thunderously, before continuing by conveying the bands affinity for Sydney, “We’ve been coming to Sydney for about 10 years and every time it gets more fun!”
The tempo then slows down in an effort to heighten the moment as they move into the beginning of ‘Mountains’, with the hushed crowd enjoying this change in pace before erupting as the song progressed into the chorus.
In a surprising end to the set, Biffy plays arguably their best and most harrowing song, ‘Many of Horror’, much to the delight of the crowd. The song showcases the beauty and fragility of the lead singers vocals that break in all the right places to make it truly defining.
In repayment for what has been an epic evening, the crowd responds by singing most of the song to the band – a small gesture of thanks from their loyal fans for creating beautiful music and a night of reflection and fun.
Not content to finish there, Biffy continues with a three-song encore that includes ‘Machines’ and the blistering ‘Stingin’ Belle’, that aptly includes the lyrics ‘what’s mine is yours, and yours is mine’. The crowd and band have undeniably shared something special tonight…something biblical.
And with that Biffy Clyro signs off on another amazing tour of Australia. Here’s to the next one fellas!