Bombay Bicycle Club, have given fans a taster of what they can expect from their much-anticipated new record. The band unveiled ‘It’s Alright Now’, their second song (available to download now on iTunes) from their forthcoming album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ (out February 3rd 2014). The song had an exclusive first play by Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and premiered online at Noisey.
Bombay fans will get ‘It’s Alright Now’ and ‘Carry Me’ as instantly downloadable tracks when they pre-order the band’s new album now. ‘Carry Me’ has now had over 625,000 views through various online video platforms, with viewers spending an average of 8 minutes and 17 seconds on the fully interactive video.
‘It’s Alright Now’ opens with a melancholic looped electronic chiming that marks a distinctive transition in sound for a band that are better known for their indie rock credentials. The song style is probably the closest of the tracks to the band’s previous album ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ but gives us a glimpse of the more experimental melodic electronica and looped samples the new record has to offer.
The album was produced by Jack Steadman 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. ‘The whole creation process was a really honest one. Jack’s not afraid of us saying a part or lyric doesn’t work so we were able to all be very involved at every level’ says guitarist Jamie MacColl. They called in Mark Rankin (in top form having recently mixed QOTSA ‘…Like Clockwork’ and Aluna George ‘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 straightforward guitar patterns have gone out the window and in their place a juxtaposition of tough, offbeat rhythms with shimmering keys, techno blips as well as Bollywood movie samples over exotic instruments like the marimba (played by drummer and percussionist Suren de Saram). It is a record that is almost impossible to categorize and without doubt a defining record for a band that are not even halfway through their twenties.
The Band, who unveiled their living breathing artwork last week also announced their first major UK headline tour in two years, starting in Leeds on Sunday 2nd March, which is almost completely sold out already.
Bombay Bicycle Club Tour – March 2014
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
Wed12, 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