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Live Review: Biffy Clyro with the Static Jacks and O’Brother at DC9, Washington, DC – Wednesday 15th September 2010

By on Friday, 17th September 2010 at 12:00 pm

I’m not a Biffy Clyro aficionado. I could never claim to be, I only know the singles from ‘Only Revolutions’ that were on heavy rotation on 6music. But even I was convinced enough to attend their Wednesday night gig because of the gravity of the situation: it was the first-ever headlining gig the Scottish trio had ever on American soil. Fans from all over had travelled to our little town to see them play in the 200-capacity club where I’d seen the xx and VV Brown make their local debuts. After getting stuck in a massive traffic jam on the Beltway, the main motorway surrounding the city, I then got lost trying to make my way to the club. An hour and 45 minutes later at 8 PM I finally made it to 9th Street, relieved. Then we all waited another hour and a half before we were let up to the main stage area (a full hour later than the originally posted time).

The Static Jacks from New Jersey were the first opening act. I’d seen them before, with a splendid opening set for the Futureheads in June. Just a lot of energy from four really young guys who are friends plus a new bass player, so new that he just learned his bass lines last week. Not kidding. One of their songs, ‘Who Are the Replacements?’, appeared on an episode of MTV’s teenage seaside drama ‘Jersey Shore’ (below, you can have a listen to the song). If this is what the kids of America are listening to on occasion, then we as a nation aren’t doing too bad. Lead singer Ian Devaney is a powerhouse both physically (jumping around on stage and dangerously whipping his mike stand around) and vocally, and with backing vocals provided by guitarist Henry Kaye, it’s not punk rock with no direction. This is a band I strongly believe is going somewhere. I just want to know, why aren’t these guys signed yet?


O’Brother from Atlanta was next. I’ve been to some loud gigs but this for sure was one of the loudest sets I’ve ever heard. When you see three blokes with guitars in front of you, not counting the bass player, you know it’s going to be loud. The best way I can describe them is proggy hard rock – a kind of Led Zeppelin meets the Mars Volta meets Mogwai. I do like hard rock but I need hard rock with a melody, and this seemed like hard rock for the sake of being hard rock, with excessively long squeals of guitar, a cacophonous maelstrom of sound and long hair flying. However, the Biffy-loving crowd loved them, so that’s all that was important. In these years after Metallica lost their lustre in fighting illegal file sharers, I suppose a band that is steadfast in their commitment to make the music they want and not give a monkey’s is pretty admirable.

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