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