The Void (3 stars)

The Mill at Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Thu 7 Jan 2010

The Void

Biffy Clyro have got a fair bit to answer for in terms of the amount of copyists they’ve inspired to clog up the nation’s stages. But no apology is needed for this Edinburgh bunch. It’s fair to say The Void aren’t doing anything new, but they write capable songs and deliver them with such polished verve and enthusiasm that they don’t deserve to be shunted into the background.

Here, they tear up the stage in a flurry of floppy hair, barely-there facial hair and baggy T-shirts (their singer – one of Ewan, Mark, Stephen or Euan, although their MySpace is a bit coy about revealing any more – apologises for inadvertently baring his nipples, which the girls seem to love). Among their stand-out tracks are the dramatic ‘Game of Ghosts’ and the tumultuous closer ‘We’ll Make Our History Part 1’, which also sees said singer drag a drum into the middle of the crowd and start beating it. The response to his invite to their acoustic gig at the Southern Bar afterwards suggests strong grassroots support, while the fact they’re splitting their tracks into parts also implies they’re thinking long and hard about a deserved debut album.

The Void and Penguins Kill Polar Bears

  • 3 stars

Dynamic and structured alt.rock with inspirational and innovative lyrics as The Void play The Mill. Free tickets from


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