Bombay Bicycle Club in Manila

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just recently, the famous band Bombay Bicycle Club , has conquered the Philippines by storm. As expected, it was a huge success. It was held last July 23, 2014 at the World Trade Center Pasay City, at 8:00 P.M. To know more about them, let us all dig a little deeper into their music and life for us to appreciate the band even more specially their folk, electronica, world and indie rock music. Jack Steadman, the band’s vocalist, Mac Coll and De Saram began their friendship when they were barely 15 years old and started playing under the name The Canals, after they performed in a school assembly, with  a keyboardist.

The Bombay Bicycle in Manila was a tremendous and electrifying success which made this band more famous.

The Bombay Bicycle in Manila was a tremendous and electrifying success which made this band more famous.

The trio switched names until they had finally picked the name Bombay Bicycle Club which was incidentally named after a chain of Indian restaurants in Britain. Their line up has been changed frequently, until 2006 when Ed Nash joined the band after they accidentally met him in a funeral. They played at small London venues. In 2006, the band entered into Virgin Mobile’s Road to V Competition on Channel 4 and was announced as one of the two winners in August of that same year. As a result, they were given the opening slot of the 2006 V Festival playing on Channel 4’s centerstage.

The band released their debut EP, The Boy I on February 12, 2007 on an independent record label, Mmm Records. The EP was produced by Jim Abbiss as his own personal request and was recorded and mixed by Ewan Daview at the Lincolnshire’s Chapel Studios. It was on May 17, 2007 when NME published an article naming Bombay Bicycle Club as the hottest band to come from North London. Meanwhile, their second EP How We Are was released on October 22, 2007 through Mmm Records. From then on, they had their first UK tour to support the release of their second EP as it proudly debuted on the UK Indie Singles Chart at #2.

At the beginning of 2008, the band appeared at the 3rd annual Artrocker Festival in Brighton. They also played at the at the London’s KOKO where they acted as main supports for The Hold Steady. In June 2008, all the members of the band had officially finished their higher secondary education which means to say that they could commit full-time to their kind of music and at the same time enjoying the freedom of successfully fulfilling the responsibilities of a band.

The band’s first single, Evening/Morning was released in August 2008 through Young and Lost Club. Again, it was produced by Jim Abbiss. By the way, it was recorded at the Garden London. The band started their UK tour throughout the months of July and August which included festival appearances. In September 2008, the band took part in the Levi’s Ones to Watch 5 Night Revue at The Macbeth in London and headlined their first night with support from Sky Larkin. To date, there was a brief interview; thus, some interesting highlights from the show which were broadcasted on Channel 4 on October 9, 2008.

As their success reached its greater heights, the band’s debut album was recorded between late October and post November 2008 at Konk Studios in London. By the end of 2008, Bombay Bicycle Club signed a deal with Island Records to release their upcoming singles and album with the said record label. As agreed upon, all of their album releases will be published through Mmm Records/Islands Records’ offprints.

The first single was entitled Always Like This, was released in April 2009. It unexpectedly reached #97 on the UK Singles Chart. Over the years, the band toured all throughout the month of April to support the release of their first single. To date, the band had released four albums in a row which include Tomorrow, which topped the album charts in February, 2014. They toured worldwide as a front act. Bombay Bicycle Club has visited countries like North America, Australia, Europe and the Far East among others.

Current Bombay Bicycle Club Band Members

These are the current band members of Bombay Bicycle Club:

  1. Jack Steadman – Lead vocals, guitar, piano
  2. Jamie Mac Coll – Guitar
  3. Suren de Saram – Drums
  4. Ed Nash – Bass

Truly, Bombay Bicycle Club had exceptionally met the expectations of their countless supporters in the Philippines. Remarkably, they all deserve the respect and those numerous accolades that they would be bestowed upon in the years ahead. Thank you, Bombay Bicycle Club. Looking forward to see you soon.

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