It was hard to contain the excitement of being able to rekindle my long lost flame with the Scottish trio this summer, and what was better is that it would be in Scotland itself.
After a month away working at the Edinburgh Fringe, this was a nice little treat to look forward too right at the end of August. But my busy month seemingly wasn't a patch on what the Biffy boys got up to that weekend. Headlining three of their biggest shows to date, Reading, Leeds and of course the Glasgow Summer Sessions in front of 35,000 beaming fans, screaming lyrics and "Ere we fucking go" at the top of their lungs.
After a year off from the scene, Biffy Clyro's skills at songwriting and coming back with a bang is certainly admiral. Latest album Ellipsis topped the charts last month and blew many fans away with how good it actually was. In my opinion their latest album is a refreshing dip in the water to Biffy's past as well as their exciting future.
Joining my fellow Biffy fans was a delight, there's nothing better than signing each track word for word back at Simon Neil with another 34,999 people. The weather was warm too, which was a bloody miracle as the day before was typically torrential.
Opening with an eerie sound of a female choir, which then lead into new release Wolves Of Winter, whilst the boys entered the stage. Simon Neil even drops in a line from Flower of Scotland of Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies.
Within minutes, all the lads had their tops well and truly off, in true Biffy style of course. Unlike their predecessors Fall Out Boy who went to town on the pyrotechnics and scantily clad ladies straddling fire guns, (an interesting choice of support act if you ask me), the interesting thing about Biffy is their energetic style, their tightness as a band as well as bodies laden with amazing tattoos. Their latest tattoo was on full show an array of beautiful lines that interlinks each band member. True, artist brotherhood!
Black Chandelier sent shivers down my spine, I think every single person in that crowd sang that tune word for word, so much so Simon Neil seemed genuinely moved. “That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve heard in my life,” he says, from behind his scruffy long hair.
We remember the times of watching Biffy Clyro in tiny venues down in Brighton and hanging out with them backstage before they got big and in that short 10 years Biffy Clyro have clambered to the highest level of success with very little trouble, following all whilst proudly singing in Scottish accents.
We love you Biffy Clyro.
Words: Jamie Taylor
Gig: Glasgow Summer Sessions - 27th August 2016
Venue: Bellahosuton Park, Glasgow