Bombay front man Jack Steadman professed, “We’d like to have more people dancing at our concerts rather than punching each other. We hope the new songs are something you can move your feet to, not just your arms and head,” in an interview with Goldenplec prior to the release of ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’. Lying comfortably on the foundation of their first two albums, it was the third ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ that saw serious traction evolve from it.
Festival favourite and a formidable live proposition, Bombay Bicycle Club have been carving a sizeable and loyal contingent for some time and a trajectory towards a more general audience seemed imminent. ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ saw the band trample all previous chart positioning, and score their first much deserved No. 1, with an imprudent electronic-pop progression patterned perfectly with striking synths and plush harmonies, procuring the venerability that so often has eluded the Londoners.
Opening track Overdone is the first example of one of numerous samples Steadman took from his travels to India, Turkey and Holland, shaping his well-being and serving to deliver the more exploratory sound that is emblematic throughout the album. Carry Me is the first single, introducing itself through a barrage of aggressive synths and illustrative of a beefier, more steely sound. It is a litany of neat beats and arrangement that at times sounds rambunctiously sporadic in execution. It’s vigor, bouncy aggression and anthemic repetitive chorus make it a real stand out.
Established singer/songwriter Lucy Rose and rising Blackpool talent Rae Morris both wear the t-shirt of ‘Skins’ alumni, having had their songs featured on the iconic British T.V series. Both lend their vocals on separate tracks, indicative to how aurally pleasing and alluring things can sound when combined with Steadman and the rest of Bombay’s harmonies. Home By Now is the much needed breather in such a robust album and commands a slick experimental R‘n’B intro to cool down after Carry Me. Luna, the most radio friendly track, is one of three which Morris features on. When the vocals combine the pairing is commanding and impressive, resulting in a track with power and weight which helps makes it quite infectious.
Bombay Bicycle Club have delivered. As the lyrics from the title track suggest, if you choose to listen to ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ in the more traditional C.D/Vinyl format “You keep going, round and round and round”…