Bombay Bicycle Club (formed 2005)
Bombay Bicycle Club are an English band from Crouch End, London, consisting of Jack Steadman, Jamie MacColl, Suren de Saram and Ed Nash.
Formation: At the age of 15, Steadman, MacColl and de Saram formed the band, The Canals, and performed together at their school. They changed their name to Bombay Bicycle Club in honour of an Indian take-away restaurant chain. Not long after, they met Nash and he promptly joined the band as well. In 2006, they entered into a competition from Channel 4 that allowed the winner to perform the opening act of 'V Festival'.
Career: In May 2007, Bombay Bicycle Club released their first EP, entitled 'The Boy I Used to Be'. The EP was released on their own, independent record label, Mmm. Records. The band released their second EP, 'How We Are', in October of the same year, again, through their independent label. With every member of the band having finished school by 2008, they were finally able to devote a serious amount of time to the band. Bombay Bicycle Club release their first single, 'Evening/Morning', in August, 2008. Between October and November of that year, the band worked on recording their debut album. 'I Had the Blues but I Shook Them Lose' was released in July 2009. This was followed but their second studio album, 'Flaws', in July of the following year. Both albums were published by Island records. By September, 2010, the band had already begun working on their third album. Their third album, entitled 'A Different Kind of Fix', was released in the UK in August, 2011, with a US release coming in January, 2012. From 2011 to 2013 Bombay Bicycle Club was busy working on their fourth album, 'So Long, See You Tomorrow'. The album was released in February, 2014, to favourable reviews.
With their fourth album 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' at our fingertips, Bombay Bicycle Club have really set the bar sky high with another curve on their ever-changing music. Frontman Jack Steadman's travels across India have certainly opened his mind to new possibilities for the group's music, incorporating Bollywood samples into their first self-produced compilation; a jaw-dropper that has unsurprisingly become their first number one.
'So Long, See You Tomorrow' is something unlike anything they have previously done with strong inspiration taken from Indian culture. It's ironically new territory given how they are so named. From the very first track, the listener is hooked by the catchy choruses and the perfect rhythm for dancing. Opener 'Overdone' gives the best impression of what is to come; clever, captivating and soon to be your favourite song. The next track, 'It's Alright Now', effortlessly continues that sugary flavour, and it's on this particular number that vocalist Jack Steadman's voice is at its most flattering. His voice is unusual but very striking, and it complements the pace and lyrics of each track better than the last. Memorable still, 'Carry Me' really takes you off guard with its quick beats and the mesmerising echoes of guest vocalist Lucy Rose. The repetition of the lyrics "you carry me" give the song a purpose, aided by the feminine harmonies. Similarly, 'Whenever, Wherever' is a track with sweet intentions. It touches upon the concept of love, using repetition of "whenever you want it, wherever you want it" along with beautifully toned vocals, to give an easy enjoyable experience for your ears.
In contrast to these showstoppers, 'Home By Now' charmingly slows things down, while 'Luna' throws in a curveball with the largest dose of Indian inspiration yet and utilises fantastic input from second guest singer Rae Morris. The tracks seem to swerve in and out of this ethnic input, giving it some nice variation. 'Feel' wanders down the same road with its sample from Bollywood movie 'Nagin', the upbeat vibe refreshing and innovative. It is a hidden gem within the album: unique, attractive and totally fresh.
Continue reading: Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow Album Review
The British chart toppers questioned U2's thought processes behind the joint rollout with Apple's new iPhone back in September.
Jack Steadman, the lead singer of British indie stars Bombay Bicycle Club has criticised U2 for controversial rollout of their last album, saying that it’s indicative of the extent to which the band are “disconnected from young people.”
Bono came in for more flak from British indie group Bombay Bicycle Club
The Irish band’s thirteenth album Songs of Innocence gained notoriety and criticism back in September when the group teamed up with Apple for a simultaneous launch of their new products. The group’s album automatically downloaded to the accounts of iTunes’ 500 million account holders, and it caused so much frustration that software was developed specifically for removing it.
Bombay Bicycle Club - Photographs from the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize which Edinburgh based Hip-Hop band 'Young Fathers' took away the nights main award at The Roundhouse in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th October 2014
The nominations are out, but which of the twelve nominees stands the best chance of winning?
The 24th edition of the annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize is due to be held on Wednesday 29th October at London’s Roundhouse.
Last week we brought you our analysis of who we thought would make the dozen-strong shortlist from which the judges will pick the eventual winner. We got five out of the twelve correct, not bad as many pundits have expressed surprise at the relative obscurity of this year’s list in comparison to previous awards.
Only two of the nominated albums have reached the Number 1 spot in the UK Albums Chart, and only one nominee can realistically call himself a household name. There has also been a surprising snub for Sam Smith, who has made a huge impression on the British public’s imagination, with his debut album In The Lonely Hour sitting at the top the charts four months after its release.
Continue reading: Our Guide To This Year's Mercury Music Prize Nominations
Here we go, here we go! Leeds Festival 2014, yet only half of us have scored a return ticket from the headaches and hangovers of last year's epic line-up. Each and every year, thousands of people across the social spectrum and across the UK flock to the fields of Leeds for what they know is THE music event of the year. Of course, catering to the masses is no easy feat but with ten stages all rigged up, this machine, emblem of the north, once again raises its flags way up heavens bound.Moving from Temple Newsam a few years back now, LF has really made itself at home within the colossal 1,235 acre grounds of Bramham park. Returning bands themselves (or the newcomers for that matter), facing glorious deja-vu on approach to the site if not already attended as rowdy teens, are in for a real good show.
With the festival being such an icon and in itself evolving in sheer mass and motor each year, it's understandably hard to really get a good hold-down on the lineup. With time clashes, mud, bar queues and a serious lack of phone battery, it's only fair we deal out a helping hand of this year's 'Not To Be Missed' sets to make festival life a little easier.
In no preferential order at all.
Continue reading: Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview
With great food, a healthy atmosphere and a short but 'sweet' line-up, Sweetlife 2014 is not worth missing.
Billed as 'a music and food festival', Sweetlife 2014 is set to offer the best of both with their single day event this weekend (May 10th 2014) at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
With the grand setting of masses of surrounding forestland, Sweetlife has developed into a much-loved annual party since its inception in 2010 when it was simply a small event held outside the Sweetgreen food destination in Dupont, Washington DC. And yet, it has maintained its solid ethics of green living and healthy eating, enforcing this with offers of local produce and green set-ups such as solar powered stages, composting waste disposal and recycling units. To make it even better, all proceeds from the event go to a very worthy charitable cause!
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey And Foster The People Headline Sweetlife 2014 This Weekend!
We'll see you in line at this year's Record Store Day, bigger and better than ever.
The vinyl list has been released for this year's Record Store Day, which will be celebrated by 240 independent music shops throughout the UK with over 600 exclusive releases available. More big-name acts than ever before have lent their music to the unique event, which is designed to save the nation's record shops from the threat of online shopping and big corporations.
Californian Sister Trio Haim Are Contributing Vinyl-Based Music To Record Store Day 2014.
Placebo, Green Day, Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Disclosure, Dinosaur Jr, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, The Flaming Lips, Elbow, Fleetwood Mac, Haim, Richard Hawley, and Johnny Cash represent just a handful of the most high profile LP or EP releases this year with an eclectic range of genres for music fans to flick through.
Having been releasing albums every year since 2009, Bombay Bicycle Club have left fans somewhat surprised by the significantly longer wait for their fourth album, 'So Long, See You Tomorrow'. Nonetheless, the first single from it, 'Carry Me', has proved to be worth the wait.
The London quartet continues with their slightly chaotic, tinny synth tones that are prominent in many of their songs in 'Carry Me', with the contrast of a heavy, drum-led rhythm that almost reminds one of a military parade - a feeling made more resonant by the rigid, uniform style of drumming that the band take up in the video. While combining order with disorder, there's something jarringly unpleasant about it; a feeling of restlessness which poses another contrast against the drawn out, haunting but tranquil, echoed vocals.
Considering there's so little in the way of lyrics, it's still a good four-and-a-half minutes long. It feels like a lot of time has gone into its structure, with the tune rising and falling at appropriate moments and the catchiest hooks being repeated intermittently for maximum listening retention. It doesn't necessarily go on too long, but as an engaged listener it does start to feel a little as though it's been stretched out longer than necessary. Nonetheless, an enjoyable listen from a band who, after eight years of making great music, clearly understand their strengths as musicians.
Continue reading: Bombay Bicycle Club - Carry Me Single Review
I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose was a fantastic album. As a debut it bordered on superb. What made it great was its individuality and character. Jack Steadman's vocals in particular were an affected instrument of tortured tension capable of stirring your emotions. The funky bass lines, not entirely natural rhythms and indie slanted guitar work were somehow woven into a fresh, jaunty and stylised form to produce a very effective album.
That was 2009. Since then the boys from Crouch End have won many accolades and many more fans. Hotly anticipated album number 2 would surely deliver more of the same but with a depth and polish derived from a maturity and growing confidence in their capacities. Flaws, released in July, has been more than warmly received. Done on a minimal budget, the self produced album is however nowhere close to more of the same. It is largely acoustic, slower in tempo and is as paired back as a busker's set.
The excitement, enthusiasm and enjoyment seems to have been squeezed out of the band to leave a rather sad, dejected and tired bunch. Steve Lamacq recently remarked that he thought the acoustic numbers highlighted just what good songs they were. As if to reinforce that point the BBC have even covered one of their best songs off of their debut, namely Dust On The Ground. Like spelling out the plot to an American audience with sub-titles the band are either seeking some justification or maybe trying to say this is how we wanted it to begin with. After listening again I can't agree. The quivering vocals are less obvious, and the song(s) is worse off for it.
The first single from the new album was the double 'A' side of Ivy & Gold/Flaws, a mixture of near old with very new. Ivy & Gold is one of the more upbeat on the album, it bristles with a positive energy that is sadly lacking elsewhere. The banjo and skipping drum beat make for the toe tapping equivalent to chewing pastels. From the moment you put it on it's hard to resist. Flaws meanwhileis all knitted yarns, corderoy trousers and facial hair folk. Mellow and melancholic with a haunting over layered vocal it encapsulates much of the 11 tracks.
To further seal their acoustic credentials the BBC have also decided to touch on the work of Joanna Newsom, on Swansea, and more riskily a cover of John Martyn's Fairytale Lullaby. The latter is done with great care, is very effective and is a testament to their musicianship. Elsewhere, Rinse Me Down wants to go faster, wants to be on the first album and desperately wants its performers to let go. My God, with the intro of a long forgotten Leonard Cohen song, exposes Jack's voice beautifully, at once serving as a fabulous auditory treat whilst reminding you at the same time that it could have been used still further.
Flaws, many will lead you to believe, has few. If it had come first, before I Had The Blues, I may have agreed. As it did not, I don't. The album is good. The songs are good. The acoustic production is a little too over used of late and whilst I too like some folk, some country and quite a lot of melancholy self absorption, for me there was no need for the BBC to choose that path.