They say that youth is wasted on the young, but the members of Bombay Bicycle Club seem to hell-bent on not wasting theirs. Already with three critically acclaimed albums under their belt before they reached the seminal age of 21, now that they've reached that benchmark they've just released their fourth album, So Long See You Tomorrow, which was influenced by lead singer Jack Steadman's travels in India and Turkey. Recently charting in the top 10 of the UK album charts, it marks yet another evolution in their sound and has won them a new legion of admirers. No surprise then that the sold out O2 Academy in Brixton was filled with wall to wall fans, who possessed enough energy and enthusiasm to start their own carnival-like fiesta.

Hailing from Crouch End in North London, this was a home coming gig for the indie-rock quartet, comprising of Jack Steadman (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Jamie MacColl (guitar), Suren de Saram (drums) and Ed Nash (bass). The band confidently took to the stage as seasoned professionals, opening with 'Overdone' from their latest album, to deliver a wall of sound amid a backdrop of flashing orange lights and backing visuals from their album cover artwork. The atmosphere was instantly buoyant and the room exploded with energy as 'It's Alright Now' was played.


De Saram expertly hammered away on the drums like his band mates' lives depended on it and the crowd bounced around and sang in unison as though they were the 5th member of the band; a role they undertook throughout the gig. Performing on stage along with a three-piece brass section, a keyboardist and backing vocalist Liz Lawrence, Bombay Bicycle Club continued to create a festival vibe with the song 'Shuffle'. I started to feel like I'd turned up to a house party where the invite had gone viral on Facebook. Even the fans in the seated balcony section were dancing in the aisles.

This band is a versatile ensemble that is not afraid to experiment with divergent musical styles. Each album has offered a different twist, from the indie-pop of their debut, to the glorious folk offerings of Flaws, and now they are peddling electro hard hitters and soon to be festival favourites with all the bells and whistles. This musical assortment could be hard to assimilate into one set, but Bombay Bicycle Club somehow managed it with ease.


Tracks like 'Come To' and 'Eyes Off You' gave a chance for Steadman's distinctive and evocative voice a chance to shine in more stripped back moments, before the roaring instrumentals kicked in to highlight the contrast between their ability to provide both heartfelt splendour and raucous rock-outs. Unfortunately the chatter of the crowd didn't allow Steadman the silence necessary to provide a more poignant delivery of 'Eyes Off You'. The audience were much more receptive to their new offerings which possess a jubilant mood such as 'Feel' and current single 'Luna', for which the band were joined on stage by their support act Rae Morris, whose captivating voice features on the track.

The last song of the night was the eagerly anticipated hit 'Carry Me, 'which sent the audience into a final frenzy with its dark electronic undercurrent. The band rinsed out ever inch of drama with their performance as strobe lights added an extra intensity to the track. Although I would have liked to have heard a few more of their acoustic singles like 'Ivy & Gold', I couldn't help leaving the venue on a high. If BBC is able to create such an animated scene in an enclosed space I'd now love to witness what they can do on the summer festival circuit.
















Rae Morris





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