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.
What we've been listening to this month.
The first month of 2020 is finally over after what feels like forever, and Brexit is finally happening after what feels like even longer, so you'd be forgiven for having a few mixed emotions. But there's nothing like this month's album haul to reflect the feelings of the current political and social hive mind. Here's a few of our favourites...
Poppy - I Disagree
You just don't expect this kind of album to come out of a pop act, but then Poppy is all about breaking the rules. I Disagree marks her third album, her first release on Sumerian Records and her final collaboration with creative partner Titanic Sinclair. With elements of metal and industrial infused into her electropop sound, this is the kind of genre-bending pluckiness we love.
What's coming in 2020?
It's a new year and a new decade, so we're hoping it gets off to a good start in the world of music. There are some pretty exciting upcoming releases for 2020, from some of music's biggest legends, so we're confident we won't be left disappointed.
Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
It's been the longest they've ever gone without releasing an album, but six years after UK number one 'So Long, See You Tomorrow', Bombay Bicycle Club return with 'Everything Else Has Gone Wrong'. They also have a new label, Mmm... Records, and if the title single and lead single 'Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)' are anything to go by, it will be another stellar hit.
Continue reading: Eight Albums We're Looking Forward To In 2020
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.
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
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