North London's most prolific and underrated band, Bombay Bicycle Club, have announced their first major UK headline tour in two years. This news comes following an announcement revealing details of their fourth album due out onFebruary 3rd 2014 through Island Records.
The band are well known for their massive live following and critically acclaimed performances which have seen them play major slots at some of the biggest festivals across the world as well as some huge venues including London's Alexandra Palace last year which sold out (10,000 capacity) well in advance of the show.
The new album looks to break exciting new ground yet again for a band that are effortlessly diversifying and innovating at an astonishing rate. Frontman Jack Steadman wrote the record while travelling through India, Turkey and Tokyo as well as the UK and the Netherlands; you can really hear the influence of all the different cultures and their native genres among the beautifully crafted songs on this hugely ambitious record.
The album was produced by Jack in the band's studio in London, making it their most personal record to date. There was always purpose from the beginning to bring everything together for this album, to tell a story from the first track through to the finale with everything interconnecting as a complete body of work. They called in Mark Rankin (in top form having recently mixed QOTSA '...Like Clockwork' and AlunaGeorge 'Body Music') to help record and mix the album. The album also features familiar vocal contribution from Lucy Rose as well as impressive newcomer Rae Morris.
The first single from the new album, 'Carry Me', is a monumental fists in the air dance anthem that is probably the band's most daring, explosive and exciting departure yet from their previous work. The band collaborated with award-winning creative company Powster to deliver a world first interactive music video premiere on www.carryme.tv. Viewers are able to control the band's actions throughout, essentially making them the director while the band perform in time to the music.
A snapshot of Bombay Bicycle Club's history throws up even more unexpected revelations of a band who have quietly become one of the most successful young British bands of their generation. They released their first album 'I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose' in 2008 and shortly afterwards won the NME New Band Award beating The XX and Mumford & Sons. They followed this up midway through 2010 with Flaws', which was nominated for an Ivor Novello. Their most recent album, 'A Different Kind Of Fix', was released in August 2011 and like its predecessors, went gold seeing the band's fan base increase exponentially, culminating in various major main stage festival slots including the Reading and Leeds Festival.
Tickets are £19.00 (£22 London) and go on general sale Friday 15 November @ 9am
Bombay Bicycle Club - UK Tour
Sun 02, Leeds O2 Academy
Mon 03, Glasgow O2 Academy
Tue 04, Aberdeen Music Hall
Wed 05, Newcastle O2 Academy
Fri 07, Nottingham Rock City
Sat 08, Birmingham O2 Academy
Sun 09, Norwich UEA
Mon 10, Portsmouth Guildhall
Wed 12, Bristol O2 Academy
Thu 13, London O2 Academy Brixton
Sun 16, Cardiff Uni Great Hall
Mon 17, Exeter Uni Great Hall
Tue 18, Brighton Dome
Thu 20, Manchester Albert Hall