Music editor Greg Woodin examines the R&B baritone's bewilderingly brilliant visual album.Written by Greg Woodin on 21st August 2016
Bombay Bicycle Club
Matt Way met with Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman and Ed Nash before their acoustic set YOUR album is entitled I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose
Matt Way met with Bombay Bicycle Club's Jack Steadman and Ed Nash before their acoustic set
YOUR album is entitled I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose. Is blues something you're influenced by?
J: We did listen to a lot of blues music, but it's actually a lyric from a A Tribe Called Quest song. We liked the sound of it and just stole it. We didn't think too hard about it.
So you did an acoustic gig at the University. How do those shows differ to others?
E: They involve a whole load of different acoustic songs that we've written.
J: It's nice going into little concerts like that, than here, where it's a big venue and you can't really interact with anyone.
So do people pay more attention to you?
J: Most of the time they do. It's really nice when they're really quiet and they listen to you. It's nice to actually be able to talk to the people that watch you afterwards rather than have no idea what they're like.
I've heard you say that because you wrote the songs so long ago, they had different meanings than they do today. Is that because feelings have changed or is it the music itself that you've outgrown?
J: Both. That's why we're so excited to record some new stuff and play it live. We've been playing these songs for like four years and they're all about us being really young, and we're definitely more mature now. And we want to play more mature music, with more mature lyrics. You want to play something that is actually relevant to you at the time.
Bombay Bicycle Club played an acoustic set earlier that night. Eva Hibbs was there.
THE scent of strawberry Yazoo and jacket potatoes filled the air, as Bombay Bicycle Club strummed their banjos and ukuleles. Considering the advertisement poster didn't state the time of this acoustic set, everyone involved, and watching, seemed to be disorganised and confused. Should we be waiting in Bar One? Are non-meal planners even allowed in? Therefore, the crowd was smaller than it should have been. And to some, the band merely acted as some background dinner music. They were energetic, genuinely weird, and so in tune with one another, physically and metaphorically. Frontman Jack Steadman seemed charmingly awkward when posing for photographs and humble with delivery of his effortless vocals.
Free gigs leave no room for expectation; therefore everything you like is a pleasant surprise. Just like the free Tuborg sample handed out simultaneously, this gig left a refreshing taste in our mouths, and left us wanting more.