Bombay Bicycle Club have been writing songs for Saturday nights and songs for Sunday mornings since their mid-teens. That they’re now barely in their thirties and remain one of the most inventive, insistent, and, arguably, influential British guitar bands of the past generation says much to their powers of reinvention. But it also speaks to the band’s effortless ear for a melody and the masters of its deployment.
In 2009, Bombay Bicycle Club made their mark with their debut album, "I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose," setting the stage for a decade of musical exploration. Their journey included notable shifts in sound through albums like "Flaws" (2010), "A Different Kind Of Fix" (2011), and the standout "So Long, See You Tomorrow" (2014). Following this successful period, the band took a five-year break, only to return strongly in 2019 with 'Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)' and the 2020 LP 'Everything Else Has Gone Wrong'. Though their comeback was disrupted, the band are back with a new album, 'My Big Day', which showcases their enduring creativity and musical ingenuity.
Back in the band's London studio, Bombay Bicycle Club have lovingly crafted their sixth album - 'My Big Day'. It's a powerful, expansive work that's also filled with an irrepressible dose of joy. 'My Big Day' also found the band's studio door thrown open for a collaborative experience, inviting the likes of Jay Som, Nilüfer Yanya, Holly Humberstone and Damon Albarn, who all feature. There's also a special guest appearance to be revealed later in the year.
While the guests came and went as they pleased, the band were on both sides of the glass for this record, with Jack in the production chair (save for 'Heaven', produced alongside Paul Epworth, and 'Turn The World On' with Ben Allen - who they'd previously worked with on 'Shuffle').
On first listen, Bombay Bicycle Club have opened the curtains and let this revelatory set of vibrant, joyous compositions bask in the sunshine. It's an album that means business, crafted by one of Britain's finest guitar bands. They'll be taking it to stages around the world next, and it's a show you won't want to miss.
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