Biffy Clyro - King Tut’s, Glasgow, Tue 29 Apr 2014
An intimate acoustic set by the Ayrshire barbarians comes across as somewhat neutered
It’s surely been a while since Biffy Clyro’s beardwearer-in-chief Simon Neil had to operate his own smoke machine, but then ‘you don't get to headline T in the Park unless you’ve got one,’ as he told us. Here to mark the return of commercial radio station XFM to Glasgow, the trio took to the laidback intimacy of the arrangement, an acoustic show in a venue which is tiny by their usual standards, despite Neil’s admission as their hour-and-a-bit show hit its home straight that they’d been a bit nervous about the whole thing.
The audience responded as might have been expected, ‘singing’ along to smiles from the band with the missing power-chords of ‘Black Chandelier’, listening intently to new track ‘Here Come the Naturals’ (somewhat gloomy in an acoustic context) and letting out audible swooning sighs when the familiar vocals of, for example, ‘Machines’ or ‘Many of Horror’ kicked in late on. To be honest, the acoustic Biffy experience spun on a bit too long, with a few of the songs here sounding somewhat neutered in the absence of cataclysmic guitars being battered by bare-chested Ayrshire barbarians, but the change of pace was pleasing for a time.