Yesterday was a day for the young, the sweaty, and the fanatical. Kerrang! magazine celebrated their day of 2003 Award nomination announcements by functionally taking over the stage at the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street in London for "A Day Of Rock." Interspersed throughout the day were a headline set from 2003ís chosen rockers, The Darkness, as well as performances from other notables including Crackout and Oxford thrash duo Winnebago Deal. However, for me, there was one band I was especially interested in seeing for the first time, and that was Glasgowís Biffy Clyro. Their set was the 6-song norm for an Virgin gig, but they did more in those six songs that many bands do in a weekís worth of gigs.
It may have been 85 degrees plus in the basement, but for the packed house of mainly under-16s, it was time to get DOWN. Coming on to a quote from a presenter than Biffy considered themselves ìthe biggest band from Scotland since The Proclaimers,î the trio quickly plugged in and took off. The crowd response was amazing. For a band that few have heard of outside the British Isles, this band has a rabid fanbase and one that seems to be growing by the day. The packed room jumped in unison and screamed out the words to all the songs, sometimes overpowering the amplified vocals from frontman Simon Neil. The two most recent singles from their sophomore album, The Vertigo Of Bliss, "The Ideal Height" and "Questions & Answers," were received uproariously, as was "Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys,Toys, Toys" (say that five times fast), and the other standout track of the afternoon was "Joy, Discovery, Intention" from the bandís stellar 2001 debut, Blackened Sky. The Cobain meets a low-fat diet Jack Black that is frontman Neil and his boys will be back in the capital in October and that is a show that I am now awaiting with great anticipation. The passion, the songs, the belief are all there and I loved their albums, but after seeing them live, I am even further along onto the Biffy bandwagon.