After A 3 Year Hiatus, The North London Quartet Have Recently Announced A Headline Slot At Wilderness Festival And A Show At Brixton Academy, celebrating The 10 Year Anniversary Of ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’. Following On From Gig Announcements, The Band Also Uploaded A Mixtape Of Never-Before-Heard Demos; Resurfacing The Raw Nostalgic Tones That Made Millions Fall In Love With Their First Album. 

Residing in the tranquil, cobbled street suburb of Crouch End in North West London, the quartets journey to stardom started at USC Hampstead in 2005. Initially playing under The Canals, founding members Jack Steadman, Jamie MacColl, Suren De Saram switched between various aliases until deciding on Bombay Bicycle Club; a bankrupt chain of Indian Restaurants in London. Though for a majority this was to be their first venture into music, the group already retained a hereditary connection, with MacColl sharing his ancestry with the late folk singer Kirsty, and De Saram’s father being the Sri Lankan cellist Rohan De Saram; nonetheless, the road to success had a humble beginning. Guitarist Ed Nash joined the triage in the early summer months, with the band working towards Channel 4’s Road to V festival competition, which they subsequently won; opening the main stage at V festival in August 2006.

Whilst continuing to play various small venues around London including The Old Blue Last and Jacksons Lane, the boys were working on the recordings for their debut EP, ‘The Boy I Used To Be’. The subsequent release party at Dingwalls in early 2007 set the tone of what was to come in the following months; positively chaotic. For many artists, a busy summer would mean a reclusive winter, however Bombay’s tenacity towards writing, recording and performing only increased, playing a slot at Reading and Leeds before releasing their second EP ‘How We Are’ in October 2007 through their own label, mmm… Records; reaching No 2 in the indie singles chart. 

The development in engineering personnel signalled the bands fierce intent to be recognised amidst the masses, notably using producer Jim Abbiss, and mix engineer Richard Wilkinson to refine their raw talent and songwriting abilities. Drawing early inspiration from Flea and John Fr­us­ciante, the eclectic combination of moody blues driven riffs and rhythmic indie folk set them aside from the more generic indie bands in the scene, gradually pushing their stock higher as work began on their first studio album. While remaining true to the smaller venues in London, aspirations of playing bigger shows were clear from the start, smashing sets at The Camden Crawl, Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival and the Shockwaves NME Awards in early 2008. The summer ahead spelled a turning point in the boys lives, with their back to state education, the tribulations of life as a band began. Releasing their first single in August through The Young and Lost Club, “Evening/Morning” portrays a restless persona, escaping the conventional anthem template. 

The track opens to MacColls woozy arpeggio, accompanied by crisp brushes as it marches towards a billowing climactic stab, releasing Nash’s rousingly distorted bass riff. The song is as endearing as the lyrics, with “I am ready to owe you anything” ringing through the chorus, evoking a subjective catalogue of emotions, battling a beautifully turbulent rhythm. The guitar almost thrashes against rolling drums, heightening the unpolished and organic sound. The album dropped on the 3rd of July 2009, a zestful offering from a band that were only just starting; the personal highlights being ‘Always Like This’ and ‘What If’. The bands success after their first studio album is well documented, as are their respected solo projects, however since announcing their comeback shows, they released a set of unheard demos from the recording sessions of their first release, a nostalgic look at what we’ve been missing for so long:


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