COMMODORE BALLROOM, FEBRUARY 9, 2014
Biffy Clyro’s stop in Vancouver promoting their critically acclaimed sixth album was a feat of true rock showmanship. Even before the opener Morning Parade took the stage, fans chanted “Mon the Biff!” in anticipation.
Morning Parade was a solid opening act. Hailing from Essex, they left a good first impression in their debut show in Vancouver. “Under the Star” was a slice of well-executed modern dance rock as welcome at a show as it would be in the club. The first single from their upcoming second album promises great things for this group. “Alienation,” a shimmering synth-driven ballad was as intricate as it was memorable.
In the midst their set, Simon Neil (guitar, vocals) admitted to the crowd that their first stop on Biffy Clyro’s North American tour was the first time they’d played for five weeks. It certainly didn’t show as these acclaimed Scottish rockers put on a pummelling and rousingly heartfelt show. With a setlist heavy with material from their most recent release Opposites, fans were delighted by a string of anthems to sing along to. “Sounds Like Balloons,” “Biblical” and “Black Chandelier” were exciting to say the least. Simon Neil was a great showman, reeling with wild abandon across the stage. Backing musicians Mike Vennart (guitar, backing vocals) and Richard “Gambler” Ingram (guitar, piano) were essential to the strength of Biffy’s material in a live setting.
Concluding with a well-chosen encore set, Biffy Clyro look poised to become one of the best contemporary live rock acts. No fog machines, no lasers, no light show; just three shirtless Scots rocking out to some killer songs and for their fans.
By James Olsen
Photo by Sarah Whitlam