Live Review: Snowbombing 2009
Forget muddy fields: in Austria the festivals come with an eclectic line-up, beautiful scenery and a good dose of après ski. Mayrhofen, Sunday, March 29- Friday, April 3
There’s a good real guitar hero presence, too, although some fare better than others in front of a crowd in truth focused on raving rather than rocking. Ladyhawke turns heads with what might just be the most convincing set of her career thus far, Red Light Company only make people move with their cover of ‘Paper Planes’, while Jon McClure has brought along both Mongrel and Reverend And The Makers. The former turn suffers from an early billing and a depleted crowd, but the latter provide a genuine moment with an incendiary ‘Heavyweight Champion Of The World’. Most disappointing are The View, who last a mere two songs with Kyle singing, before bassist Kieren takes over vocal duties for ‘Skag Trendy’ and then ‘One Off Pretender’.
Kyle slumps off ill, reappearing at the bar the next night complaining of throat trouble. A shame, as of all the songs capable of winning over the revellers, ‘Superstar Tradesman’ and ‘Wasted Little DJs’ would’ve been two of them.It’s left instead to Biffy Clyro, back in action after Marmaduke Duke duties, to show how to approach an away crowd such as this. Simon Neil and co blast through a 13-song set that begins with ‘Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies’, ends with ‘Mountains’ and eschews their slower moments (‘Machines’ excepted) in favour of unrelenting, million-mile-an-hour riffage.
They barely stop for breath, and thus don’t allow the ever-growing masses to even think about whether they’re into it or not. Bang, bang, bang… gone. Business taken care of in an emphatic fashion. Highlight of the week by a snow-covered country mile. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got some mountains of our own to fall down…
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