A well spent Tuesday night was happening at The Fillmore this week. With O’Brother and Biffy Clyro on the bill, many people were coming out tonight to see these two bands perform. The Fillmore is an old venue in San Francisco. It has quite some chandeliers hanging over the dance floor. The stage is medium size and the second level of the venue has quite some balconies.
Up first was O’Brother. O’Brother is an American rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. After releasing their debut EP, “In Comparison to Me”, in 2006. O’Brother joined Thrice’s Major/Minor tour in September – November 2011, alongside Moving Mountains and La Dispute. Their first LP, “Garden Window”, was released on November 15, 2011, and was well-received critically. In February 2012, O’Brother went on a co-headlining tour with Junius. And now, the boys are touring with Biffy Clyro.
The stage was covered with fog. The light was dim, and the audience was fascinated by the performance and music by O’Brother. O’Brother was playing music and melodies to get lost in. The singer had an edgy voice, but the vocals seemed to have been placed scarcely. But this was done with such a perfection, it was mind blowing. The melodies were also very hypnotic .
The band was feeling their melodies and music while playing. O’Brother had this amazingly wide sound and arrangements that were filling up the entire venue.
The music of O’Brother is quite different. Their sound is somewhere between Muse and Dredg. The songs of the band seemed longer than the average song you might here in the radio. But they will definitely capture you for the entire moment being.
The band did not talk much to the audience between songs, probably to not break their spell. The audience was still during the songs, but they were cheering even more afterwards.
The set lasted for more than forty minutes and was nothing less than impressive.
Up next was Biffy Clyro. Biffy Clyro is a Scottish rock band that formed in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, composed of Simon Neil (guitar, lead vocals), James Johnston (bass, vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums, vocals). Currently signed to 14th Floor Records, they have released seven studio albums.
After their first three albums, the band expanded their following significantly in 2007 with the release of their fourth, “Puzzle”, creating more mainstream songs with simpler rhythms and distancing themselves from the more unusual dissonant style that was present in their previous three albums. Now, Biffy Clyro is on a big tour through the US with their latest album “Ellipsis”.
Biffy Clyro entered the stage with a long intro. As soon as the guys entered the stage, the entire floor began shaking. It was full energy from the first second on. The dance floor had gotten really crowded by now. Biffy Clyro began their set with “Wolves Of Winter” and everyone in the audience sang along loudly. Sometimes even louder than the band itself. Everyone in the venue was jumping along to the music, whether it was on stage or off stage. And everyone was having the time of their lives.
Biffy Clyro was playing songs off albums which included all their hits. An amazing vibe was filling the venue during the show. A positive and energetic one that was infecting everyone. The singer was constantly animating the fans to go along even more.
The band mixed slow and faster songs, so it happened that after they played “Re-Arrange” it was followed by a heavy song. The audience was thankful because this way they were able to take a quick breath before they began to dance along again. Biffy Clyro performed their song “Medicine” with an acoustic guitar which was simply amazing.
The show lasted for more than ninety minutes including encore. It was an amazing night here at The Fillmore. Both bands were nothing less than amazing. I can’t wait to see them again.