Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bombay Bicycle Club Career History

Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club are an indie rock band from Crouch End, London. The band is composed of Jack Steadman (lead vocals, guitar, xylophone, banjo), Jamie MacColl (lead guitar, backing vocals, banjo), Ed Nash (bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, mandolin) and Suren de Saram (drums, guitar, backing vocals).

The band were asked to play the opening performance of 2006's V Festival after winning Channel 4's "Road to V" competition. Following the release of two EPs and their debut single "Evening/Morning", the band have recorded their debut album, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose. The album was released on 6 July 2009.

Steadman, MacColl, and de Saram were 15 when they started playing under the name The Canals and were cycling through various aliases until they picked Bombay Bicycle Club, named after a chain of Indian restaurants in London, presumably named after the North London branch in Hampstead. The line-up changed regularly until summer 2006, when Nash joined the band. They played gigs at school and at small London venues such as The Old Blue Last, Lark in the Park and Jacksons Lane.

The band were entered into Virgin Mobile's "Road to V" competition on Channel 4 in 2006. They were announced as one of two winners of the competition on 16 August 2006, beating competition from fellow London band - and favourites to win the competition - The Holloways in the final round of fourteen bands. Previous participants include The Young Knives, who were winners of the inaugural competition one year before. They were given the opening slot of the 2006 V Festival, playing on the Channel 4 Stage in Chelmsford on 19 August, before opening the Staffordshire site the following day.

On 16 May 2007, NME published an article naming Bombay Bicycle Club "...the hottest band to come from North London for quite some time". Bombay Bicycle Club released their debut EP, The Boy I Used to Be, on 12 February 2007. The band released it on their own independent record label, Mmm... Records. The EP was produced by Jim Abbiss at his own personal request, and was recorded and mixed by Ewan Davies at Lincolnshire's Chapel Studios. To support the release of the EP they played a headline show at the Dingwalls in Camden as well as supporting fellow "Road to V" winners The Young Knives across some of their UK Tour. The band also played the Carling Stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2007.

The bands second EP, How We Are, was released on 22 October 2007, again through Mmm... Records. The EP was produced by Jim Abbiss and was recorded and mixed by Richard Wilkinson at Konk Studios. The band headlined their first UK tour in support of this release and the EP debuted at #2 on the UK Indie Singles Chart 5 November 2007.

At the beginning of 2008, Bombay Bicycle Club appeared at the third annual Artrocker Festival, the Camden Crawl, and The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. The band also played the Shockwaves NME Awards Show at London's KOKO where they were main support for The Hold Steady.

Leaving School
In June 2008, the band officially finished higher secondary school education, which meant that the band could commit full time to music instead of having to juggle being in a band with studies. The band also headlined the first Club NME in Paris at La Fleche D'or venue, they were supported by Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya, with DJ sets coming from South Central, Shitdisco and Vicarious Bliss.

The band's first single, "Evening/Morning", was released on 4 August 2008 through Young and Lost Club. The single was produced by Jim Abbiss and was recorded and mixed by Richard Wilkinson at The Garden, London. The band embarked on a 23 date UK tour throughout July and August; this included festival appearances at the 2008 Reading and Leeds Festivals, the 2008 T in the Park Festival, The Edge Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and the second Underage Festival.

In September 2008, Bombay Bicycle Club took part in the Levi's Ones to Watch 5 Night Revue at The Macbeth in London. The band headlined the first night with support from Sky Larkin and an interview and highlights from the show were broadcast on Channel 4 on 9 October 2008.

Bombay Bicycle Club's debut album was recorded between late October and late November 2008 at Konk Studios in London. The album was produced by Jim Abbiss. The band also played the Levi's Ones To Watch tour at the end of October, which included dates in Brighton, London, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Glasgow.

At the end of 2008 Bombay Bicycle Club signed a deal with Island Records to release future singles and albums with the record label. All releases will be published through the Mmm...Records/Island Records offprint, the first release being the single "Always Like This". The single was released in April 2009 and reached #97 on the UK Singles Chart. The band toured throughout April in support of the release.

Bombay Bicycle Club won the Best New Band award at the 2010 NME Awards on February 24, up against nominees such as The XX, The Big Pink, La Roux, The Olivers and Mumford & Sons.

In June 2010 their song "How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep" was included as a bonus track on the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack.

The band released their second studio album "Flaws" on 12 July 2010. Prior to the release of the album, the band released the single "Ivy & Gold" and "Flaws" as a double A-side on 9 May 2010. The track "Ivy & Gold" was recently added to BBC Radio 1's A Playlist. reaching #56 on the UK singles chart, making it their most successful single so far.

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