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Bombay Bicycle Club Offer Up Online Pacman Game with Fan Exclusives

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd August 2011 at 11:00 am
 

We’re living in an age where coming up with the next big thing is important. Or maybe the next fun thing is just as important? This seems to be the reasoning behind Bombay Bicycle Club‘s step into the gaming world, by unveiling their own special online Pacman game. An 8-bit version of their single ‘Shuffle’ plays in the background and while it’s not the height of technology, you will get to listen to snippets of songs from their album ‘A Different Kind of Fix’, released next week on Island, as well as be in the running for some nice exclusive prizes from the band (if you can get your high score high enough, that is).

You can access the game here; note: you’ll need to login via Facebook or by creating your own profile.

 

Live Gig Video: Bands in Transit featuring Bombay Bicycle Club

 
By on Thursday, 11th August 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Bombay Bicycle Club just headlined this year’s Underage Festival (covered by Coco here) and we’ve got a nice performance video of the band performing ‘Shuffle’ acoustically at Alexandra Palace. Watch it below.

This is another video in the Bands in Transit series; we previously featured videos from this series starring Kyla La Grange and Bear’s Den on this previous post.

 

Underage Festival 2011 Roundup

 
By on Wednesday, 10th August 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: The press restrictions at Underage Festival disallowed anyone over the age of 17 to enter the festival grounds. Even members of the press. So it’s a good twist of fate that TGTF just happens to have a writer young enough who could cover the event for us. Take it away, Coco!

Held exclusively for youth, Underage Festival took place at Victoria Park this year like it has since it began in 2007. The day before the festival, it was raining in London. I was really worried about the weather for Underage: really, I suppose no one really wants a festival with rain? Luckily, the rain had stopped and it was sunny all day long.

I arrived at the venue 2 hours prior to the event because I signed up for some volunteer work. After that was done, the gates were open and the excited swarm of young people dashed into Victoria Park. The act that I first saw were Ghost Eyes, they played an early session, at around noon. Having listened to their tracks on their Soundcloud before seeing them, I anticipated ‘They Left’, my favourite track by them. They did play this and a couple more of songs, including their latest single ‘Phantom Mountain’. As a whole, the performance was all right, but the vocals were too soft, to the point that I could hardly hear any!

A while later, I saw Crystal Fighters at 3 PM. I couldn’t stay until the end of the set because Dutch Uncles were playing at quarter past 3 and I wanted to catch them as well. Crystal Fighters were mental. They drove everyone crazy (in a good way). Everybody in the crowd danced like as if it were three in the morning instead of 3 in the afternoon. The sun was bright but that didn’t affect the disco-like atmosphere that filled the air in the main stage. I was really glad that they played ‘I Love London’ within the time I stayed. How cool is it to listen to ‘I Love London’ being played live in London?

I then ran frantically across Victoria Park and arrived at the Artrocker stage for Dutch Uncles’ performance (pictured at top). They mainly played songs from ‘Cadenza’, their new album (Mary’s review here), and only 2 songs (‘Face In’ and ‘Doppleganger’) from their previous releases. My personal high point of their set had to be ‘The Ink’. I was really hoping that the track would get played and my wish came true! Duncan, the vocalist/pianist ended their set by saying “they’d stay around the tent” and the audience could ask them questions if they had any. How sweet!

The next band I saw played at Artrocker stage as well, so that saved me from a lot of leg movement. They were Is Tropical. I previously expressed my love for them in the review of their debut album, ‘Native To’ (read it here). So to me, seeing them live was a big, big bonus. They began their set with ‘Tan Man’, and the crowd grew bigger and bigger as they played on. I was dancing in the crowd with a lady from New York City. However, we were outdanced by two young girls who were in front of us. They went literally crazy and shook their heads as if they were on MDMA or something. I think everyone had a real good time watching Is Tropical, and the performance from the band was breathtaking. (Because we were too busy dancing? That might be the reason!)

Lastly, I saw Bombay Bicycle Club at the main stage. They headlined the festival and played the very last slot. Sad to say, I was somewhat disappointed by them. They weren’t as good as I expected them to be. The crowd enjoyed it nevertheless, and a poor girl blacked out during their set and had to be sent to hospital. I truly hope she was fine afterwards. Bombay Bicycle Club played some songs from their upcoming album as well as some good ol’ favourites.

This was my first festival experience and I loved every single millisecond of it. My thanks go to Jamie and Paul at Zeitgeist Agency who made it possible, Eat Your Own Ears and the Orange Dot for organising it and last but not least, all my friends I met up with who really made the whole day worthwhile.

Coco also chatted with Crystal Fighters, Dutch Uncles and Is Tropical at the festival…so stay tuned for those interviews coming soon on TGTF.

 

Video of the Moment #537: Bombay Bicycle Club

 
By on Monday, 1st August 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Here’s the new video from Bombay Bicycle Club for ‘Shuffle’. Coco reviewed the single earlier this month and really liked it but to be fair, I wasn’t a big fan of the song. The video, however, is just adorable. This promo lets you hang with the Bombay lads and be a part of their shenanigans on tour.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDuif301F-8[/youtube]

Bombay Bicycle Club is touring the UK in September and October – read all about the tour here.

 

Single Review: Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle

 
By on Thursday, 7th July 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

‘Shuffle’ is the first single out of ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’, the upcoming album by Bombay Bicycle Club. The album is also going to be the band’s third. If you recall, their second, ‘Flaws’, was an acoustic one read the review here). To be frank, I wasn’t really into the acoustic sound, so this return to their normal equipment setup was great news to me!

The song starts of with some very, very bouncy piano notes. I immediately reminded myself, “ahh! No wonder this song’s called ‘Shuffle’! Also look at the cover art! A pair of dancing feet!” With only a few opening notes, Bombay Bicycle Club already made their stance very clear. This song is going to turn everyone’s feet into dancing feet. I must say this song succeeds in its goal: the ever bouncy piano riff that loops over and over the song gives people a very happy sensation and the rhythm of it makes your dancing nerves tickle very badly!

Overall, listening to ‘Shuffle’ is highly enjoyable. Especially when you can feel the heat, ‘Shuffle’ just pushes the summery atmosphere even more.

8/10

‘Shuffle’ is available now, and ‘A Different Kind of Fix’ will be out on the 29th of August. Post-festival season, Bombay Bicycle Club are on tour in the UK in September and October.

 

Bombay Bicycle Club / September and October 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 13th June 2011 at 4:30 pm
 

Bombay Bicycle Club will be touring the UK this September and October. These dates follow on the band’s dates supporting Two Door Cinema Club in North America. Please note that unlike their other most recent gigs, these will be electric, not acoustic.

Ticket presale on the band’s official Web site begins at 9 AM tomorrow (Tuesday, 14 June). The general sale begins at 9 AM on Thursday, 16 June.

Friday 30th September 2011 – Brighton Dome
Saturday 1st October 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy*
Sunday 2nd October 2011 – Glasgow Barrowland
Monday 3rd October 2011 – Leeds O2 Academy*
Wednesday 5th October 2011 – Sheffield O2 Academy*
Thursday 6th October 2011 – Hull University
Friday 7th October 2011 – Manchester Apollo
Sunday 9th October 2011 – Lincoln Engine Shed
Monday 10th October 2011 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 11th October 2011 – Oxford O2 Academy*
Wednesday 12th October 2011 – Bristol O2 Academy*
Thursday 13th October 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy*
Friday 14th October 2011 – Cardiff University Great Hall
Sunday 16th October 2011 – Southampton Guildhall*
Monday 17th October 2011 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 19th October 2011 – London O2 Academy Brixton*
*gig is for all ages – under 14s can attend with a parent

 
 
 

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