By Erin Coulehan, Contributor, D.C. Music Live
Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro took D.C. by storm on Sunday, and treated fans at U Street Music Hall to a late night of rock and roll.
The band is currently in the midst of a heavy touring schedule, and are no strangers to the grind.
The rockers have been together for the past 18 years and have watched the music industry shift over time while evolving along with it.
“It’s been a slow process of music changing over time,” says drummer Ben Johnston. He describes the evolution of merchandise going from cassettes, to CDs to digital and remembers the days of mystery that surrounded bands, whereas now listeners can find out everything there is to know about a band online. Well, almost.
Biffy Clyro has gained massive acclaim overseas, and have headlined festivals such as Reading and Leeds in the U.K., yet the rockers have yet to really break through to American mainstream audiences.
“I think American audiences don’t like that our name comes from two made up words,” laughs Johnston.
But they’re prepared to persevere. This American tour has consisted largely of playing smaller venues to really connect with audiences. Johnston and his bandmates think that’s the real test of a band.
On Sunday, the rockers definitely earned bonus points, storming the stage in jeans, no shirts — no need really, because they were planning on getting sweaty anyway.
And they know what they’re doing.
The rockers bounced between older songs like “Many of Horror” and more recent material like the wistfully melancholy “Black Chandelier.”
The audience ate it up, leaving the performance nearly as drenched as the band.
“This was always our dream,” said Johnston. “The idea of ever not doing it is ridiculous.”