This year was like a crazy roller-coaster, giving the lemons and when you tried to make a lemon juice out of it, it splashed into your eyes. Yes, we did it, we managed to survive. We have lost idols, the war took a lot of lives and it seems like the world is crushing all around us. There’s silver lining – music.
To end this year with a positive post, I will just drop the ten of my favorite songs of 2016.
10. Bring me the horizon – Follow you
9. Panic at the disco – Don’t threaten me with a good time
8. Billy – Love don’t break me
7. Elliphant – Where is Home
6. Bastille – Send them Off!
5. Daughter – No care
4. You me at six – Swear
3. Zara Larsson – Ain’t my fault
2. Biffy Clyro – Howl
1. Mo – Final Song
Since this year was really tough, I have a couple more songs to share with you.
Biffy Clyro – Rearange
Mo – Drum
Major Lazer – Cold water
Tokio Hotel – Something new
Elliphant – Hit and Run
Tove Lo – Cool Girl
The 1975 – The Sound
This year was full of ups and downs, but filled with live music. To know me a bit more, I need to tell you, I was always afraid of crowds. So much so I was not attending any big events. First concert I attended (I’m not talking about the small “accidental” ones) in 2014, being 23. I decided to go big, bought a regular ticket for 30 Seconds to Mars, then an upgrade for a soundcheck and that was basically it. No golden circle, just a “regular Joe” ticket. Being alone in a huge crowd gave me a perspective (after I stopped hyperventilating and calmed myself down). In 2015 I attended only one concert, Royal Blood. It was a slightly smaller event, but it was worth it.
My only new year’s resolution was to see more live music and finally live the life I should. And I have to say, I did it. There are still almost 2 months to go, but I lived this year, I really did.
Beginning of the year I saw Kodaline, then Elliphant. In early June, for the first time ever, I went to a music festival. I got the chance to see Die Antwoord, Tom Odell, Skrillex, MO and Daughter. Couple of weeks later I attended Bring me the Horizon concert. In October me and a friend decided to see MO again, same month I went alone to see Biffy Clyro. Scots were the best of all I saw till now, but all of the concerts were a huge deal for me.
And most importantly, I know I lived.
October 25th 2016 will be a memorable day for me, mainly because of a long awaited live act I was dreaming of since 2010. I’m talking about Biffy fucking Clyro.
I once said Biffy’s music was a huge part of my life, in good and bad times. Yesterday was one of those times. A particularly bad day ended with a perfect raise of heart and mind. Not to mention a sour throat and pain in the back and legs. But it was definitely the best live act I’ve seen.
The concert wasn’t sold out, there were maybe 2000 people, stage was placed fairly close to the entrance, the concert itself was streamed for those, who were unable to come, but I have to say, I wouldn’t trade it for nothing else. Their energy wasn’t different from what I saw on YouTube, as Biffy were performing on Reading or T in the Park. They played like there was not tomorrow, literally. During “Medicine” my heart stopped for a second, I tried not to cry, sometimes I’m such a looser…
A typical concert lasts around 60-90 minutes. Biffy were playing almost 2 hours. They came on time, they weren’t ashamed of making mistakes on stage, they entertained the audience. The first thing I had in my mind leaving the arena was “they are bunch of fucking mental lads”, in a very positive way.
More pictures: Go Ahead
Long awaited record of Scottish trio is finally out, they teased all fans with good new music and I will write a separate review of the Ellipsis album, but today let’s focus on the third single called Howl.
The video had its premiere on August 4th and it’s a simple, yet fun graphic for the music. Candy coated psychedelic picture of the trio sitting in a bar, drinking, smoking, basically doing let’s call it adult stuff and being pictured as different side characters. It reminds me of the American horror story Hotel and scenes from Hotel Cortez.
Howl is one of my favorite songs on the album, energetic, great lyrics, perfect.