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A Double Dose of the Maccabees

February 13th, 2013

They’re all from South London, but the Maccabees have roots in Brighton. Originally Orlando Weeks (vocals) and Robert Dylan Thomas (drums) began making music together prior to meeting Hugo White (guitar). And just as quickly as the duo became a trio, the three-piece grew into a five-piece with the addition of Rupert Jarvis (bass) and Felix White (guitar and vocals). So when Weeks decamped to Brighton for art school, his bandmates followed suit. The school didn’t take, but the Maccabees (above, playing “Feel to Follow” for BBC Radio 1) did. Upon the release of Colour It In, with its catchy melodies, thick harmonies and heavy doses of guitar, the quintet began touring regularly with the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Bombay Bicycle Club. Somewhere along the way Sam Doyle replaced Thomas as drummer, but that didn’t change the band’s musical output. In fact the Maccabees’ third disc, Given to the Wild (stream it below), came out this last year, and now they’ve crossed the pond to tour North America, and you can see them tomorrow at The Bowery Ballroom and on Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Bombay Bicycle Club Earns a Medal

July 31st, 2012

Bombay Bicycle Club – Webster Hall – July 30, 2012


The London-based lads of Bombay Bicycle Club hit the stage of Webster Hall last night. Playing from their latest album, A Different Kind of Fix, they began with “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep.” Lead singer Jack Steadman raised his arms while singing, “Can I wake you up.” The cheering crowd was undoubtedly ready for the evening to begin, clapping along to “Your Eyes,” a dance-y number reminiscent of something by Friendly Fires. Treating fans to their back catalog, Bombay Bicycle Club played “Dust on the Ground,” from their debut album, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, and “Open House,” off the EP The Boy I Used to Be.

From old to new, the band introduced new material with Amber Wilson’s ethereal vocals opening the track and Steadman coming in midway with a snappy snare. In a recent interview with NME, he said of their new music: “There’s a sense of longing in it, and musically it’s very sample based.” The gang was in high spirits as they barreled into “Ivy and Gold.” Guitarist Jamie MacColl and bassist Ed Nash even linked arms and did a do-si-do while drummer Suren de Saram pounded the skins at a feverish pace. Steadman and MacColl then offered assistance, holding up a snare for de Saram.

As the crowd excitedly sang along to the chorus of “Evening/Morning,” the room filled with an echo of “I’m ready to owe you anything.” Steadman exclaimed how great it was to be in New York City and shared that they went to see a Yankees game but didn’t know what was happening. The boys were taking NYC by storm as they revealed they would be doing a DJ set post-show. The encore included crowd-favorite “Shuffle,” another new song and “What If.” Needless to say, fans were thoroughly satisfied with this gold-medal performance. —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com

(Want more Bombay Bicycle Club? Watch them perform “Shuffle” and discuss where they get their inspiration and what’s next for them for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.)

Exclusive Video: The Bowery Presents Features Bombay Bicycle Club

July 16th, 2012


Bombay Bicycle Club’s post-punk reverb-drenched guitar rock has earned the North London quartet comparisons to the likes of Bloc Party and Vampire Weekend. You can see the similarities—and why The Guardian says “BombayBicycle Club are special”—on this intimate take on the dance-influenced “Shuffle” for The Bowery Presents Live.

After performing, the young group talked about how being in a band allows them to tour the world, where they get their inspiration and perhaps needing to be a bit more ambitious. Watch the interview here.

And subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live on YouTube to see more videos like these, which we post each week, plus live-streaming shows, like Dirty Projectors last week at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bloc Party atTerminal 5 on 8/8.

(Bombay Bicycle Club plays Webster Hall on 7/30.)

The Bowery Presents Live Features Hospitality

May 31st, 2012


Vocalist and guitarist Amber Papini, bassist Brian Betancourt and percussionist Nathan Michel began making music as Hospitality in 2007. A self-released EP earned the Brooklyn trio some worthy attention. But they proved to have an even fuller sound on this year’s self-titled LP, filled with enough rich melodies and jangly guitars to help balance the line between happy and melancholic music. Check them out, above, playing “The Birthday” in a restaurant-supply store as today’s featured band on The Bowery Presents Live. Then watch them discuss why music is necessary for Hospitality. And, of course, make sure you subscribe to The Bowery Presents Live for live-streamed shows, cool performances and intimate interviews.

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Band on the Rise

March 5th, 2012

Bombay Bicycle Club – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 3, 2012


It’s always nice to see a band that’s hit its stride, and after playing many festivals, like SXSW and CMJ Music Marathon, Bombay Bicycle Club headlined the first of two sold-out New York City shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. Local Londoners were out in full force to support their hometown band, and Lucy Rose (a member of Bombay Bicycle Club’s live band) opened the show with her beautiful solo project. Making an instant fan out of me, among many others, she bantered with the crowd and demonstrated delicate vocals that seemed to only give a sneak peak at her full range. With an R&B-like guitar rhythm at times, she hinted at her usual full band and more electronic live sound. She’ll undoubtedly have plenty more fans when she returns to play on her own.

Bombay Bicycle Club took the stage as a six-piece and immediately launched into the single “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep.” The group possesses a phenomenal amount of energy and despite gentler songs like “Lights Out, Words Gone,” I was completely surprise by how fast paced and energetic the rest of the show was. In the quieter songs lead singer Jack Steadman and Lucy Rose’s harmonies had the audience bouncing along, delighted expressions all around.

Three albums in, it’s clear that even though Bombay Bicycle Club’s members are young in age, each plays a vital role. Every song sounded incredibly tight, and other highlights included the peppy and spring like “Your Eyes” and the instantly recognizable “Shuffle,” which closed the show. Signing for fans afterward, the band seemed completely at ease with the level they have risen to, and with a live show like I’d just witnessed, they should only keep rising. —Lauren Glucksman

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Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Bombay Bicycle Club on 3/3

February 28th, 2012

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Bombay Bicycle Club is crossing the pond and coming our way for two sold-out shows, and The House List is giving away a couple of tickets to see the London four-piece on Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Bombay Bicycle Club, 3/3) and a brief message explaining why you’re happy March is upon us. Eddie Bruiser, a February hater, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.

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