Release Date: Jul 6, 2009
Record label: Island
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Pop
Free music – I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose.
North London outfit from the same school (literally) as Cajun Dance Party, earning high marks for their winsome indie tunes..
For a band who only left their north London school a year ago and named themselves after a restaurant chain, Bombay Bicycle Club are better than you might expect. "Precocious" isn't the half of it - they sound as if the Pavement and Strokes catalogues are imprinted on their synapses and play with the fuzzy, slack assurance of people twice their age. Only occasionally - as on the galloping instrumental Emergency Contraception Blues - is it clear they're still teenagers.
If there’s any type of debut album that ever suffers the least criticism and receives the most respect, yet ultimately boasts the fewest sales, it’s the one by the young, trendily dressed, preferably indie band who choose to see the world through glum-tinted glasses. Blame the Smiths. Which is not to say that Bombay Bicycle Club’s debut deserves to be panned, falling as it does into the above bracket.
So, they’re very young. This is the ‘thing’ about Bombay Bicycle Club, their Big Deal. Formed as toddlers on the eve of the ‘New Rock Revolution’; lost their first milk teeth the day Silent Alarm was released; can scarcely remember how the world functioned before Spotify; naïvely named after a poncey London takeaway curry chain. One of these statements is true, and it’s the least interesting of the four.