Just when we thought “Festival Season” was over, I got word of another great one! Chill on the Hill took place over the weekend of Oct 5-Oct 6 at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights and the lineup did not disappoint. Friday’s performers were A Day to Remember, All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, and The Wonder Years. Saturday’s lineup was New Politics, Billy Talent, Biffy Clyro, and Jared Leto fronted band, 30 Seconds to Mars. I had never seen any of these bands live before so I was definitely excited to see them all at one time. One of the bands I was absolutely blown away by was Biffy Clyro. I recently read an article in Real Detroit Weekly entitled “Who the F^ck is Biffy Clyro?” and honestly that was the exact question running through my mind. It was not until I started asking questions to some friends before the show that I heard about how insanely amazing they were. John Luzzi of Seattle based band The Miggs said to me “They are one of the best bands of all time. Period. I opened for them years ago. Absolutely amazing song writing and mind blowing live.” Truer words have never been spoken. From the moment they took the stage I was so mesmerized by their high-energy show that I almost forgot to take some pictures! Good thing I had a friend there with me also shooting. Here is a little background on them. They are a Scottish Rock band formed in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire in 1995. The band is comprised of Simon Neil (guitar/lead vocals), James Johnston (bass/vocals), and Ben Johnston (drums/vocals). Some of their influences include Metallica, Rush, and Queens of the Stone Age. After playing shows around Glasgow and getting more and more exposure, Dee Bahl, who then became their manager, spotted them. They released an independent single on Aeregramme’s Babi Yaga label and started getting their first radio airplay. They are currently signed to 14th Floor Records and their latest release “Opposites” reached number one on the UK charts. This is not their first foray into success on the UK charts either. Three of their other albums have reached the top five in the UK Albums Chart. Their 2009 album Only Revolutions, reached No.3 in the UK chart, went gold within days of its release, and later went platinum in 2010 and garnered them a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize. They have headlined the main stage at the Leeds & Reading Festival and sold in excess of 1,240,000 albums and 400,000 singles in the UK alone. In 2011, they supported the Foo Fighters in front of 130,000 fans and in July of 2011, they headlined the main stage at Sonisphere Festival. Huffington Post music blogger Olly Hunter names them the most important band of the 21 Century and I have to say that I agree with that statement. So as to the question “Who the F^ck is Biffy Clyro?” I would suggest that you quickly figure it out. You will be happy that you did!
October 9, 2013