What do you get when you have four British boys, a couple oceanic guitars, whirling drums, a shimmering synth, some lyrical genius, and impeccable musical talent; toss in some boyish young love, raw emotions, and quavering vocals – then stir it all together with UK’s one-and-only Jim Abbiss (the magical producer who brought you The Arctic Monkey’s album, “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”)… AND PRESTO! You get quite the mix.
The Bombay Bicycle Club released their astonishing album I have the Blues But I Shook Them Loose on July 6, 2009, and it reveals to be quite a clever and ambitious debut. Although their fame has thus far been limited to the UK, the BBC‘s is potential is infinite. The album plays as smoothly as one could hope – seamless from one tune to the next. The intensity is continuous from the first strum on the guitar to the last hit of the drum. Comparable to that of the Maccabees, Bloc Party, Broken Social Scene, and Bon Iver, with soaring sounds similar to that of M83, rueful guitars, and an Appalachian folky feel.
Bombay Bicycle Club are an Indie Rock band from Crouch End, London composed of Jack Steadman (lead vocals), Jamie MacColl (lead guitar), Ed Nash (bass guitar and keyboards) and Suren de Saram (drums). Having formed the band while they were at school and now seem to be stuck with the odd band name, which originated from a chain of Indian restaurants in the motherland. “That’s what happens when you start young – then it just sticks. We are just trapped.” Steadman explains (via NME.com)
Having been first introduced to the band when they were still releasing their first EP titled, The Boy I Used to Be in February 2007, I became a bigger fan with the release of their second EP How We Are in October 2007. It was refreshing to see the growth and development of the artists. Lyrically, the BBC has always been rather impressive. Musically, it isn’t difficult to recognize their earlier works compared to the latter. New words and sounds creating a certain depth and meaning that is only achievable through life experience. They just grow up so quickly, don’t they?
From the timeless, playful songs – “Always Like This”, “Open House”, “Sixteen” and “The Hill” to more recent tunes offering more dimension, such as “Magnet”, “What If”, “Dust on the Ground” and “The Giantess” – any listener (especially if you’re out of high school) is reminded of the endearing days full of youthful romance, and the revival of teenage angst. There is something beautifully innocent about The Bombay Bicycle Club, and Indie Rock is lucky to have them!
Like a secret you’d only share with your best friend, The Bombay Bicycle Club was one of those bands I almost wanted to keep to myself to enjoy, with the fear that everyone would suddenly start listening to them and I’d just be another CRAZED fan…however, it is the season of giving and that would just be selfish of me, wouldn’t it?
Verdict: They have all the ingredients to become the next big thing out of London…
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