I was looking forward to this week’s lineup – two bands I hadn’t seen before. Biffy Clyro were headlining, with The Family Rain as support. I was familiar with some of Biffy Clyro’s music but wasn’t particularly a fan and had never seen them live, and this was their third visit to Ibiza Rocks. I had heard good things about their live performance though – my friend who had seen their other two performances in Ibiza thought they were the best live band he had seen there (a high accolade indeed) and in 2010 they exited the stage and jumped straight into the swimming pool – two reasons to make me think that I would enjoy their gig. The Family Rain were new to me, but Ibiza Rocks have a knack of putting on great up-and-coming bands in the support slots, so I usually trust their choices and can rely on a good performance.
The three brothers in The Family Rain take to the stage at 9.15 and immediately show that they mean business. There may be only three of them, but they’re loud. They were The Guardian’s New Band of the Day on May 23rd, who described their music as “high-octane, hip-hop inspired, dirty blues-infused rock’n’roll”. The hip-hop inspired bit doesn’t come through in their live set, but the rest certainly does. I had a brief chat with them at the after party and discovered to my delight that the drummer was inspired by Buzzcocks (my favourite band) along with The Stones and Beatles. If I hadn’t have been won over by their brilliant set, I would have been from that moment on!
Watch the videos to see what their performance was like. The first two start off a bit dark because that’s how the stage lighting was, but the lighting improves as they progress.
The Family Rain videos
By the time Biffy Clyro were due to come on at 10.55, the venue was packed and full of anticipation of what was to come. Biffy Clyro are experienced Ibiza Rockers and appear onstage shirtless, knowing that any shirts are going to quickly become dripping in sweat in the Ibizan July heat (Liam Gallagher take note). Frontman Simon is sporting newly dyed blonde hair and looks the part in his bright red skinny jeans. They launch into Stingin’ Belle and for the next hour we’re treated to barage of numbers from their extensive back catalogue.
They had said on Twitter earlier in the day that they had a nightmare trying to squeeze 6 albums worth of tunes into an hour’s set, saying that they wished they could play all night. Changing the pace throughout their set, their live sound is much fuller and their show was as rocky as it can get. The gig was being filmed for MTV and the great visuals in the background were mixed in with live footage of the band throughout. The atmosphere in the venue was electric and the crowd quite rightly went wild, moshing at the front, waving their arms in the air and there was lots of dancing on shoulders.
I’m not sure that I’d go as far as saying that they put on the best performance I’ve ever seen at Ibiza Rocks, but they were damned good and I’d happily go and see them live again. Another great gig from two great rock bands.
Biffy Clyro played:
- Stingin’ Belle
- The Captain
- Sounds Like Balloons
- God and Satan
- The Joke’s on Us
- Spanish Radio
- Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies
- Many of Horror
- That Golden Rule
- Black Chandelier
Words by ClaireB
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The Family Rain
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