Toronto-based psych rockers, Biblical, bring breakout tour supporting Death from Above 1979 to Marathon Music Works in Nashville.
Nashville club crowds can be tough any night of the week, and Tuesday night opening slots at the bigger venues in town run the same. Such was the scenario for Canadian rock quartet Biblical, as they took on the 1,500 person rock club, Marathon Music Works, touring as openers on the Death From Above 1979 reunion tour across the US.
Biblicalâ€™s first full length release, Monsoon Season, in March 2014 brought critical attention from Pitchfork and other major music outlets. The Fall 2014 US tour with Death From Above 1979 (DFA 1979) is the latest in a string of higher profile festival and touring slots since the bandâ€™s inception in 2010.
While most Nashvillians in the room Tuesday night had likely never heard of the group, they won’t soon forget the infectious dose of layered guitar and bass riffs Biblical dished out during their 45-minute set. Leader Nick Sewell pulled double duty laying down gritty vocals and bass. Sewell and drummer Jay Anderson remained dialed in with one another throughout the set, with Sewell frequently stepping back to rock out in front of Andersonâ€™s kit.
Guitarist Jord Howard took Nashvilleâ€™s country picking guitar of choice, a Fender Telecaster, in an opposite direction with a psychedelic tone doused in delay, reverb, and thick distortion. Second guitarist Andrew Scott brought the subtle rhythmic and atmospheric layers present on Biblicalâ€™s album to the live show, playing more reserved guitar and synth parts.
Biblical came out of the gate strong with two back-to-back jams from Monsoon Season, that gave the crowd time to continue filtering in and warm up to the evening. Sewell stopped after the second song to address the crowd and received a less than enthusiastic response from the room. Nashville crowds are tough. Turning this into determination however, the group proceeded to play the rest of their set without pause, winding in and out of heavy riffs and spacey bridge sections that lit a fire under the crowd by the end of the set.
Their album and live show complimented one another well, as the 70s-esque riffs from the record took the shape of lengthier jams live. Using dynamics to their advantage, Biblical dipped in and out of droning guitar parts and kept the audience on edge. The group earned their slot supporting a veteran rock act like DFA 1979, and surely won over a slew of new fans in Nashville.