It’s odd to think that five years ago “I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose” was released and made music lovers aware of four boys who were not just an alternative to the Arctic Monkeys who dominated the indie rock scene at the time but were an act that had a lot of potential to make it big in the genre. With the help of “So Long, See You Tomorrow”, the band have not only utilised their potential but have made the transition from polite and shy newcomers to a band that radiating with confidence and stylish flare.
Bombay Bicycle Club are not a band that sticks to the one sound (their back catalogue consists of blues, folk and pop) so it shouldn’t be a surprise that this album isn’t an exception to this trend. Home By Now is an RnB infused track with a layer of extravagant vocals from lead singer Jack Steadman, who’s travels abroad have been a factor in helping the band to find a sound that is worth sticking to, and provides a stellar vocal performance throughout this record.If you think that RnB is an odd sound for BBC to be sampling then just wait around for a few tracks and you’ll come across Feel, a track that’s intro wouldn’t go amiss in a Bollywood film, that sounds as strange as it does brilliant.
Despite all the new tweaks to their ever changing music formula, BBC have more success with tracks that have a subtle pop sound to them. Take for example the first single off the album Carry Me that features a massive sing-along chorus that will be sure to make an appearance during the band’s upcoming tour and any upcoming that the band, hopefully, will be attending. Luna also shares these same traits, propelled by female vocals and a relaxed beat that help to make it one of the best tracks on offer.
Whilst we all wait apprehensively for Steadman to don a quiff and leather jacket (we’ve all seen what confidence can do to a frontman), fans of the band can relax knowing that the boys have cemented themselves as one of the best in the current wave of British indie bands.