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Bombay Bicycle Club in 2014 have an air of the young man who has just returned from travelling after leaving school – but not in a pretentious ‘Gap Yah’ sense – but how they now seem to now be newly graduated gentlemen of the earth. A Bombay Bicycle Club with an immense sense of worldliness, if you will. Their new record ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ is their most accomplished, all-encompassing effort so far, with flecks of international inspiration twisted and turned through a dance/synth infused mesh. The first we got to hear of this magnificent record was single ‘Carry Me’. Offering flecks of ‘Kid A’-ish experimentalism, wrapped around a difficult to carry beat. It’s undeniably Bombay at their best.
The daintily gorgeous Lucy Rose accompanies Jack Steadman on vocal duties throughout. It’s not a conventional combo, in any sense of the world, but more a marmite and cheese situation. Two ingredients that have no right to go together but somehow complement each other majestically, intertwining to create the texture that ensures Bombay Bicycle Club are set to rise above the rest. In ‘Luna’, you’re given a perfect example of this delectable duo’s talents. Steadman in his trademark croon, he winces, pushing out the chorus, while Rose’s fast-maturing tones yell, “I’m ready for you to find out”.
Around 5 years ago, with the release of ‘Always Like This’ and ‘Magnet’, it was blatantly obvious this band were of an extremely special disposition. They were delicate, quiet lads (on the surface, anyway) who could flit from the slightest of indie ballads, to a free for all of heavy influence. Their ambition was obvious as their second record was released, infusing elements from across the board. However, little did I expect Steadman to go Bhangra on us. Yes, Bhangra he has gone and with fantastic results.
The opener of ‘So Long See You Tomorrow’, ‘Overdone’ is a euphoric melt of some Bhangra samples swirled in a melting pot of dance and funk. With all these influences, surely the worry for the band was that the record was going to sound like the crash of an experiment gone wrong in a laboratory, with the catastrophe of sound that ensues, fighting for aural supremacy. Fear not though, as the quartet have evolved into a multi-faceted beast. A beast that is showcased majestically in ‘So Long…’
Until this album, Bombay seemed like a band still struggling to prove what they are, meandering between different markets, dipping into folk, electronica, math rock and indie. Their fourth record is a continuation of these endeavours for change and expansion, but they no longer sound like a band trying to affix to a specific sound. No, they’re now more a band who are completely comfortable in the niche they occupy.
Bombay Bicycle Club’s fourth album, ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’, is out today on Island Records. They head out on tour in March; all the details are here. If you fancy it, the band are hosting a q&a session on their Facebook at 4:30 PM this afternoon; join up here.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 8th January 2014 at 6:00 pm
Bombay Bicycle Club have a new video for ‘Luna’, the second song to be revealed from their new album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ scheduled for release on the 3rd of February on Island Records. (The first was ‘Carry Me’, featured in this Video of the Moment back in November 2013.) I’m not sure I get the direction Jack Steadman et al. are going in. They seem to have gone pop? And this promo looks more like a musical interlude from an Esther Williams film, no? Watch it below.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 22nd November 2013 at 6:00 pm
Jack Steadman’s put his glasses back on. Animation, multi-screens, and squiggly lines abound. This is the new look (and new sound, too) of Bombay Bicycle Club in ‘Carry Me’. The single is the first from the band’s fourth album, out on the 3rd of February 2014 on Island. Watch the promo below.
Catch the band on tour in March 2014.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 13th November 2013 at 9:00 am
Bombay Bicycle Club have announced a UK tour for next March. The general ticket sale begins this Friday (the 15th of November) at 9 AM.
Bombay’s fourth album, with a title yet to be revealed, will be released on the 3rd of February 2014 on Island Records. Stream the first taster from the album, ‘Carry Me’, below; access the interactive version here.
Sunday 2nd March 2014 – Leeds Academy
Monday 3rd March 2014 – Glasgow Academy
Tuesday 4th March 2014 – Aberdeen Music Hall
Wednesday 5th March 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 7th March 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 8th March 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Sunday 9th March 2014 – Norwich UEA
Monday 10th March 2014 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Wednesday 12th March 2014 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 13th March 2014 – London Brixton Academy
Sunday 16th March 2014 – Cardiff Uni Great Hall
Monday 17th March 2014 – Exeter Uni Great Hall
Tuesday 18th March 2014 – Brighton Dome
Thursday 20th March 2014 – Manchester Albert Hall
With the site in glorious condition, the adverse weather tormenting the rest of the UK holding off and hundreds of the world’s finest bands waiting to play, Reading 2012 kicked off in style. Deaf Havana, who TGTF spoke to later that day, opened up the iconic Main Stage just after midday and played a rousing set.
With only a six song set to work with, the band tore ferociously through their most popular songs, opening with the hook laden ‘I Will Try’, Deaf Havana later moved into single ‘I’m a Bore, Mostly’, a track that manages to be unrecognisably epic for the middle of the day. The band closed their brief set with ‘The Past Six Years,’ a track which played live is a pleasure to listen to in all it’s pop punk glory. (7/10)
With the Main Stage suitably warmed up by Deaf Havana, it’s time for an early spot by some prog rock heroes in the form of Coheed and Cambria. The crowd is, as expected, an eclectic mix of teenagers waiting for You Me at Six, so that they can touch Josh Franceschi’s lower thigh, mixed in with your seasoned music lovers, all ready for a set of truly epic proportions.
Coheed and Cambria, deliver exactly what you’d expect from a band whose lead singer has what can only described as a small mane around his neck. A set of noodling riffs and screaming guitar solos, coupled with classic C&C stalwarts ‘The Running Free’ and the exceedingly awesome ‘Welcome Home’. Coheed didn’t need to do anything except turn up and rock out with their cocks out and phallic references aside, they did and it was awesome. (9/10)
Next up, one of the breakthrough acts of the past twelve months appeared on the BBC Introducing Stage for an impromptu secret set. alt-J are the buzz band at the moment, everyone wants a piece of them and why not? With their interesting mix of indie melodies and dubby drops, they are accessible to a huge audience. Their set was short, but too much of a good thing can be bad, and with them playing the Festival Republic Stage later that day, the few songs they played was enough to get the sizable crowd they attracted appetite whetted suitably. (8/10)
Following up from a set attracting as much interest as alt-J did was never going to be a task bands would be jumping up and down about, but the understated acoustic driven rhythms of Park Bench Society were a joy to listen to and the perfect remedy to that middle of the day hangover you get at festivals when your legs start to seize up. The three, sixteen year old lads from Loughborough performed admirably and while the crowd didn’t seem to receive them well, it’s obvious that there’s some talent there. (6/10)
After a brief interlude to schmooze around the press tent and rock out with another TGTF favourite Lucy Rose, it was time to take in the pint-sized prodigy herself on the Festival Republic Stage. Now while Rose may be known for her work with Bombay Bicycle Club most prominently, her solo work is taking off rapidly and she’s already been described by Vogue Magazine as “one of indie music’s breakout stars for 2012”.
With an arsenal of striking acoustic numbers, Lucy Rose, is an artist who doesn’t need to even try, be in complete control of the crowd. She owns it from start to finish. Tracks ‘Scar’ and ‘Red Face’ are instantly recognizable as the Radio1 stalwarts they are going to become and with these grand tunes, she’s going to be on that A-List in no time at all. Oh, and add to that, she’s cute as a button… (9/10)
With just a sort break, Lucy Rose has to up sticks and amble off to the Main Stage where she performed with indie superstars Bombay Bicycle Club (pictured at top). Now, Bombay seemed to me to have been an odd choice to be third on the Main Stage. However, by 7 o’clock when they’d finished, I had no idea why I was thinking such mad thoughts. Steadman, Rose and co. made the Main Stage theirs, drawing from all of the bands albums and busting out crowd pleasers like the ever bouncy ‘Shuffle’. Steadman’s personality doesn’t seem like the kind of person who can own the Main Stage in such a way, but he surprised me and a higher billing can only await the band now. (8/10)
Following Bombay were Reading Festival favourites Paramore, next up on the Main Stage. Frontwoman Hayley Williams was in charge from square one and backed by the ever impressive Justin York on guitar the pop punk icons ploughed through a set with enough hooks to land Jaws.
To top it off, Williams brought a fan on stage to join in with the set. Now when I see an artist do that I always think, cheesy move. But for that person, it’s an experience of a lifetime, which will live with them for all their years and for gestures like that, I can only commend the fiery haired songstress for this action. While older songs like ‘Misery Business’ and ‘Pressure’ went down a storm, in my opinion it was newer song ‘Monster’ that really captured the essence of what Paramore at Reading Festival were about. A damn good time and some catchy as hell choruses. (8/10)
To close the day, it was a choice between an ageing legend in the form of Robert Smith from the Cure, or a rip roaring set from garage rockers The Subways.
So the choice was made. The Alternative Stage was my destination and a chaotic set filled with some massive tunes ensued. HEAVY AS HELL.
Day 1 closed with one hell of a bang, which the Subways handily delivered. (9/10)