Gig review: Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club

Coming hot on the heels of their first number one album, ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’, the ever-evolving Bombay Bicycle Club played a storming set at Glasgow’s O2 Academy to a packed crowd last week.

With more than half the set coming from the chart-topping record, it was a showcase for how far the London outfit’s music has progressed since they formed in 2005.

Much has been made of the fact that the newer tracks on show here have been influenced by lead singer Jack Steadman’s recent travels to India, Japan and Turkey.

The influences clearly show. Compared to the relatively straightforward indie-pop of their formative years, the latest material sounds far more urgent - beefed up with a full brass section.

This world tour peaks with the sublime ‘Luna’ - as colourful spitting cobras and dancing flying fish are projected on the back wall for those in any doubt about the song’s subcontinental origins.

Back catalogue highlights include ‘Always Like This’ and ‘What If’, both greeted with screams of recognition.

Only a short, quieter, piano sectionfalls slightly flat due to an overly chatty audience.

The energetic Steadman quickly recovers though, finishing as he started with another new song - ‘Carry Me’ - and promises of further musical travels to come.