Bombay Bicycle Club, gig review: A terrific live experience to boot
Brixton Academy, London
Friday 14 March 2014
“I sit and pine for wasted time,” a springy Jack Steadman implores on the indie outfit’s euphoric opener “Overdone” from their pulsating, chart-topping fourth album, So Long, See You Tomorrow.
The record is a bombay mix of influences (including The Postal Service, The New Pornographers and Bollywood - and a smattering of Paul Simon too), sometimes it’s overcooked, more often it’s inspired and uplifting.
The Crouch End quartet have been threatening a dazzling album since they first surfaced in 2006 and finally they appear to have found their groove, from the breezy electronica of “It’s Alright Now” and the Spiritualized-like “So Long, See You Tomorrow” to the ravey thump of “Carry Me”.
The twentysomethings are accompanied by Liz Lawrence’s wistful vocal, sumptuous on “Luna”, and a three-strong horn section in front of an adoring, invigorated crowd.
The new record dominates tonight but there’s also room for the fuzzy stomp “What If” (“It’s so hard to find the silent type/ Someone shy who won’t spread the hype”), the Pavement-like “Evening/Morning” and the jangly “Shuffle”, from 2011’s A Different Kind of Fix.
The once awkward Steadman seems to be morphing into a credible stadium-filling frontman and his experimental, increasingly exotic act continue to confound expectations. Which is rare. BBC deliver a terrific live experience to boot.
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
- 2 Fifa corruption: Europe plots to stage an 'alternative World Cup' in place of Russia 2018
- 3 How much sex should I be having?
- 4 Jaden Smith wears gender fluid dress to high school prom with Hunger Games actress
- 5 Betting company 'refuse to pay' after student wins £1,000 from 50p bet on Roger Federer
The 1975 leave social-media after tweeting cryptic comic strip hinting at break up
Britain's Got Talent 2015 final: Winner Matisse had secret dog double, says owner Jules O'Dwyer
Britain's Got Talent 2015 final: Vote reveals Jules O'Dwyer beat Jamie Raven by just 2% despite using 'stunt dog double'
Top Gear to follow Have I Got News For You format with 'different host for each episode'
Britain's Got Talent final 2015: Ofcom receives 90 complaints about Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden's 'revealing dresses'
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history