By Mary Chang
on Friday, 18th July 2014 at 4:00 pm
I wasn’t sure where to put this on TGTF, as we usually don’t advertise one-off shows, but this was too funny not to share. Bombay Bicycle Club, who earlier this month made the possibly career-chafing comment that they might never play stadium shows again, seem to be doing some damage control.
They’ve gone to the trouble of producing this video to advertising their show at London’s Earl Court on the 13th of December looking back from 25 years into the future, enlisting the help of friends including their lighting tech Squib Swain (in 2039 as a rock historian) and Elbow‘s Guy Garvey, starring as their fan club president. It’s very Rutles-esque. Prepare yourself for belly-aching laughs and watch the video below. Note: avoid if you don’t want to see bass player Ed Nash’s bare behind.
And don’t be confused: tickets to their Earl’s Court show are on sale and are available now.
By Mary Chang
on Sunday, 29th June 2014 at 9:30 pm
Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.
Indie favourites Bombay Bicycle Club gave their fans at Glastonbury 2014 the best present ever: an unannounced appearance in the middle of the afternoon Saturday at the BBC Introducing Stage. You can watch the whole set thanks to the BBC and BBC Introducing below.
For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 25th June 2014 at 4:00 pm
North London’s Bombay Bicycle Club now have a new promo for ‘Come To’, which was filmed as part of the band’s show at London’s Brixton Academy on the 13th of March. The single will be released on the 18th of August. Head over to the band’s official Web site to watch the whole show.
‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’, the quartet’s fourth album, is out now on Island Records.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 24th March 2014 at 6:00 pm
Bombay Bicycle Club have premiered their latest video, for ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ track ‘Feel’. (Read the glowing album review by John here. Both the song and video bear the obvious influence of visiting and being in India on Jack Steadman’s writing. Watch the video below.
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.