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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.



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Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow Album Review


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.

Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow Album review

'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.

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Bombay Bicycle Club Criticise U2 For Being "Disconnected From Young People"


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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.”

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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.

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The Barclaycard Mercury Prize

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

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Our Guide To This Year's Mercury Music Prize Nominations


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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.

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Bombay Bicycle Club's Jack Got Driving Thrill In Turkey


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Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman drove his first car in Turkey while he was writing the band's latest album.

The group's LP 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' has been nominated for the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize and Jack has revealed while he was writing the songs for the record in Turkey he was made to have an impromptu driving lesson by his friend who was shocked he couldn't drive a car.

Speaking at the nominations announcement at The Hospital Club in London on Wednesday night (10.09.14), he told BANG Showbiz: ''I had so many first experiences making the record, it was the first time I ever drove a car.

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Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview


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.

Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview

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.

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Bombay Bicycle Club At Webster Hall

Bombay Bicycle Club, Jack Steadman, Suren de Saram, Jamie MacColl and Ed Nash - Bombay Bicycle Club performs live at Webster Hall - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 8th May 2014

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Bombay Bicycle Club, Jack Steadman, Suren De Saram, Jamie Maccoll and Ed Nash
Bombay Bicycle Club, Jack Steadman, Suren De Saram, Jamie Maccoll and Ed Nash
Bombay Bicycle Club, Jack Steadman, Suren De Saram, Jamie Maccoll and Ed Nash
Bombay Bicycle Club, Jack Steadman, Suren De Saram, Jamie Maccoll and Ed Nash
Bombay Bicycle Club, Jack Steadman, Suren De Saram, Jamie Maccoll and Ed Nash

Bombay Bicycle Club Perform Live

Jack Steadman - Bombay Bicycle Club perform live at Liverpool O2 Academy - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Saturday 15th March 2014

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Dear all, 
The four of us wanted to fill you in on what is happening with the band at the moment. Right now we aren’t working on any new music and don’t have plans to do so any time soon. We aren’t breaking up, but after ten years of doing this—and it being the only thing we’ve known since the age of 16—we thought it was time for all of us to try something else. For a band that has been together for such a long time, we are all still incredibly close and probably get on even better than we did when we started the band. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait too long for new music from us: Jack and Ed are both working on their own respective albums—they are different but equally exciting. Jamie has just made a documentary for Radio 1 about protest songs; returned to university; and is attempting to take over the world of music management. Suren is playing drums for anyone who is lucky enough to be able to get him, while we also expect a solo jazz album from him at some point—we’re assuming vibraphone interpretations of classic grime tracks, or some variation on that theme. 
Love, 
Bombay xxx
And so we come to the end of a So Long, See You Tomorrow. It's been three years since we started writing the album and last weekend weekend marked the final gig for it. We hope you've loved seeing us as much as we've loved playing for you. Hopefully it won't be too long before we're doing it again x (photo by madeleinehemsley)
We're delighted to say we'll be coming out of hibernation for one more day this summer. We'll be heading to beautiful north Devon to headline one of the nights at Somersault festival, which takes place from July 23rd-27th.

Tickets are on sale now from here https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/somersault

Everything you need to know can be found at https://somersaultfestival.com

We've heard great things about this festival and are honoured to be part of its second year amongst a group of wonderful artists.

Hope to see you there. 
bbc x
Really bad new idea for merch
We won an award! Even a filter can't make us look sober.
In case you missed yesterday's announcement, we will be co-headlining a new festival called Citadel with Ben Howard on July 19th. 
Discounted presale tickets are available now for a limited time from here http://po.st/Citadel3
Today our loyal, brilliant and long-suffering manager Jason got married to the wonderful Freya. It's safe to say that we wouldn't be the band, or indeed the people we are without Jason -- we wish them all the happiness in the world. X
Lisbon! We'll be heading your way this summer to play Super Bock Super Rock on July 17. All info at www.superbocksuperrock.pt
Excited to say we'll be co-headlining the inaugural Citadel Festival with Ben Howard on July 19th in Victoria Park, London. 
There will be discounted presale tickets available from Wednesday at 9AM to those on our mailing list, which you can sign up to at www.bombaybicycleclubmusic.com.

General onsale is Friday at 9AM. You can register for access to general onsale tickets at www.citadelfestival.com.

See you in the summer x


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