Gig Review: Bombay Bicycle Club at Limelight (26/11/13)


Most famously known for indie singles ‘Shuffle’ and ‘Always like this’, Bombay Bicycle club came to the stage of the Limelight to play for their energized fans. Despite the set being abnormally short – the whole show taking just under an hour – the band definitely proved that it is quality not quantity that matters. The group had a well thought out play list that led the audience through a journey with them and, as the set began by throwing the audience right into the midst of indie-rock, they kept a constant wave of enthusiasm by altering their tempo, song style and lighting. As the final bars to ‘Leave it’ played out halfway into the concert, the quieting simple chords were a perfect way to split up the set.

Their new album is due for release in February of 2014 and the gig showed a slight insight of what can be anticipated with this. The tracks played from this album definitely gave the audience a sense of their branching out from former styles, but existing Bombay Bicycle Club fans need not worry – there is plenty of the band’s original sound still lingering in the bars of the new music. Their previous visit to Belfast showed the band as one who were very much in the height of their career and in just over a year they have returned again with their new songs, experimenting with other genres like electro to give an assorted compilation that felt as though they had found their own ideal blend of music. Putting us in mind of the success of bands like Vampire Weekend, Avalanche City and The Maccabees, it certainly seems like the guys have a long career ahead in the music industry. The set came to an end with the performance of ‘Carry Me’. The unpredictable drum beats combined with the flickering lighting faultlessly, the reds and blues mingling with the background vocals to offer an intense pinnacle to the whole show.



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