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A Late Wednesday with Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyron at The Garrison
Biffy Clyro
Moving Mountains
The Garrison in Toronto, ON
February 16, 2011

Photos and Review by: Stephen McGill

It's strange how popularity translates across the Atlantic — a band can be huge on one side of the Atlantic while having a tiny audience on the other.

Biffy Clyro

This seems to be the case for Biffy Clyro. The Scottish rock band plays to audiences 10,000 strong in the UK, and yet they came to Toronto playing to no more than 400 people at The Garrison. The crowd however was no less enthusiastic than any arena crowd and packed the venue long before the band took the stage.

Touring their 2009 record Only Revolutions, the band, fronted by guitarist Simon Neil, immediately launched into the set opening with "The Captain", which quickly set the fast and heavy tone that would carry on throughout the evening. Neil spent equal time singing and bouncing around the stage shredding on his guitar. The band's sound draws heavily from mid 90's grunge icons like Jane's Addiction with the occasional hint of Incubus thrown into the vocals. With five albums worth of material, they had a lot to draw on and did not disappoint their fans as they played for a good hour and a half before leaving the stage after "Many Of Horror." Even that wasn't enough, though, as the band quickly came back out for another three songs, closing the night with "Mountains."

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Moving Mountains

Opening the night was New York's Moving Mountains, who combined the best parts of post-rock and indie-rock through lush sonic arrangements with shouted vocals. Despite being at odds with the musical style of the headliner, they still managed to hold the crowd's attention and garner their fair share of applause. The highlight of the 40 minute set was the 8 minute long "Lights & Shapes", with the band entirely committed to their performance and giving their all.