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Your need-to-know guide to Bombay Bicycle Club

Posted: 06.01.15

Bombay Bicycle Club pedalled onto the scene in 2005, fitting festival appearances in around their GCSE’s and gearing up a fan base that has been growing ever since. For four guys in there early twenties they handle the pressure extremely well as they always seem to look so calm and collected, clearly having pulled the breaks on any stress levels. You’d think they’d be wheelie tyred from all of the effort they put in to ensure that each performance is as intoxicating and captivating as the last; however, their live shows always manage to get the crowd pumped up. The boy’s ambition is incredibly addictive – as is there music and I wouldn’t chain-ge a thing about them.

The talented bunch use every new album as an opportunity to reinvent themselves; from the folky sound of I Had The Blues But I Shook Them, to the rock feel of A Different Kind Of Fix. By creating a fresh sound each time round they keep up the excitement of something new; the expectation is the unexpected. They managed to reach a well-deserved UK No1, with new album So Long, See You Tomorrow. A favourite of mine from the chart-topping album is Feel, which was built on a sample of a snake charming melody from the 1954 Bollywood movie Nagin. The music video keeps with the Asian ambiance of the song as they shot it in Mumbai and filled it with a colourful, dance-centric display.

Being the last ever band to play Earls Court before the bulldozers move in, Bombay Bicycle Club created a musical memory. They delivered such an admirable diversity of sound, while at the same time keeping the whole production and atmosphere on top form.

A brass section, an extra percussionist and a trio of talented female guest vocalists - Rae Morris, Lucy Rose and Liz Lawrence, accompanied the quartet, making the whole night subtly intoxicating. We also got to see David Gilmour from Pink Floyd play on Bombay’s Rinse Me Down before grabbing an acoustic guitar and singing Wish You Were Here by his own band, which in turn got eaten up by the eager crowd.

Before the band went into Carry Me, the final song of the night, guitarist Jamie MacColl asked fans to pay tribute to the iconic venue by saying “As you may know this is the last gig at this venue, so for the next four minutes let’s try and give it a fitting farewell, okay?” His request was definitely accomplished as the packed out arena went absolutely wild.

Not only was the venue amazing, but the concert itself was phenomenal too. Obviously, I’m a little biased, as they are one of my favourite bands, but Bombay Bicycle Club definitely delivered. So, credit where credit is due, the band is incredible live and without a doubt sent off Earls Court in style.

Zahra Suleman

Bombay Bicycle Club played Earls Court, London on 13th December 2014.
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