From London school pals to indie titans, Bombay Bicycle Club’s rise to stardom is one of the most captivating in recent years. The Crouch End quartet have acquired fans from every corner of the globe with their charming take on guitar music and have amassed an endless back catalogue of bangers as a result. Below we take a look at their glittering discography and select some of their biggest tunes ahead of their headline set this summer!
Bombay initially burst onto the scene with two EP’s in 2007’s; ‘The Boy I Used to Be’ and ‘How Are We’. They teamed up with legendary producer Jim Abbiss, who was responsible for Arctic Monkey’s seminal debut album, to re-record tracks that they had originally put together in their bedrooms. The EP’s were a taster of bigger things to come, with the now iconic ‘Cancel on Me’ featuring on ‘The Boy I Used to Be’ and the soaring ‘Maybe More’ appearing on ‘How Are We’. Some introduction, eh.
By this point Bombay had gathered quite the following, but nothing could have prepared them for the seismic reaction to their 2008 debut album ‘I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose’. The undeniable ‘Always Like This’ was the first tune to be released and has been a mainstay in indie clubs ever since, with Jack Steadman’s unforgettable idyllic croon on the tracks hook igniting many people’s love affair with the band. Since then, the album has gone down as one of the most important in the genre, with big hitters including ‘Lamplight’, ‘Dust on the Ground’ and ‘Evening/Morning’ making this a modern day classic.
After asserting themselves in the mainstream, the band flexed their creative muscles and released the 11 track acoustic adventure ‘Flaws’ in 2010. The album featured collaborations with indie songstress Lucy Rose and a rousing cover of John Martyn’s ‘Fairy Tale Lullaby’ alongside the ho-down of lead single ‘Ivy and Gold’. ‘Flaws’ went on to be nominated for the coveted Ivor Novello best album award in 2011.
After the charm of ‘Flaws’, the quartet returned in some style with 2011’s guitar driven ‘A Different Kind of Fix’. Bonafide bangers ’Shuffle’ and ‘Bad Timing’ featured on the album, with the band once again calling upon the velvet tones of Lucy Rose to add depth to the poignant ‘Light’s Out, Word’s Gone’. The album peaked at number 6 in the UK charts and the band sold out Alexandra Palace in April 2012, which proved to be a watershed moment in their illustrious career.
2014’s ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ saw Bombay experiment with a range of soundscapes and instrumentation; none more so than on the Bollywood tinged ‘Feel’ and the euphoric ‘Carry Me’. The band had officially become one of the biggest in the UK with the release of the album, as they duly claimed their first ever UK number 1 and topped it all off with huge festival appearances at Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and Reading in the same year.
After a 3 year hiatus and some (fantastic) side projects, Bombay reunited – releasing the instant classic ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing but You)’ in August last year – much to the delight of fans worldwide. The track was the first snippet of comeback album ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ that dropped in January, with the breezy melody of ‘Good Day’ and the sombre swell of ‘Racing Stripes’ satisfying the tastes of admirers both old and new. The album charted at number 4 and some gigantic live performances ensued. It’s great to have you back, boys.