A Sunday Super Show
Big things are expected of Biffy Clyro this year, with 'Puzzle' being talked about as the record to really put them in the higher league of UK rock acts where they belong. On the evidence of this tour there's no reason why this shouldn't happen.
Newcastle University didn't look to be at full capacity but the combination of Frank Turner and yourcodenameis:milo as support acts meant that there was something to please most and by 9 PM the place was buzzing. The band were greeted on stage by massive cheers and chants of "Biffy, Biffy, Biffy!", a chant that returned regularly throughout the night.
With 'Puzzle' not yet out, some of the new material was being heard for the first time, but was extremely well received. Singles 'Semi-Mental' and the now legendary crowd pleaser that is 'Saturday Superhouse' were stand out moments, with the fans getting a well-balanced mixture of new tracks and older material. New songs to go down especially well included 'Who's Got A Match' and the slower 'As Dust Dances'. On a personal note 'Only One Word Comes To Mind' was a noticeable absentee from the night, however last album 'Infinity Land' opener 'Glitter and Trauma' was a strong as ever.
The band played for over an hour, and left one of their best new tracks right for the end. 'Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies' has an intro which is just crying out to be milked for all its worth in the live arena and would make for a great set opener. It brought the night to its climax and was probably the gig's highlight.
Biffy Clyro have a busy summer ahead of them, with Download, T in the Park, Reading and Leeds plus a date at Wembley with Muse lined up. This band have the songs at their disposal, the major gigs are all in place ready for them to take on the world once again, watching how this new album is received and how big Biffy Clyro get is set to be one of the really interesting parts of summer 2007. We listed Biffy Clyro in our recent recommendations for bands you should catch over the summer, this May tour only goes to confirm their miss them and miss out status right now.