An Interview with Ed Nash of Bombay Bicycle Club!
Whether they have you harmonizing along with Jack’s infectious vocals in Leaving Blues, dancing around to Ed’s distinct and droppy bass playing in Beg, thrusting your hand in the air every time Suren double-hits the crash symbol in What You Want or if you happen to be echoing Jamie’s guitar in Evening/Morning, this band ALWAYS gives their fans something to love. So we were thrilled when Ed Nash took the time to speak with AMBY about BBC’s fourth album, who he’d kick off the tour bus, hobbies and more!
AMBY: Well to begin, I have to tell you that we’re thrilled to do this interview with you, so thank you very much! You debuted two new tracks when we saw you live, It’s Alright Now and Carry Me. What’s the direction that you see the next album shuffle-ing to?
EN: I think it will pick up where songs like Shuffle left off. There will be much more sample based stuff and a generally more dancy vibe.
AMBY: You are a very fun band and it must be a hoot touring, with all of that said, which member would you like to kick off the tour bus and why?
EN: Louis our keyboard player farts a lot. If it wasn’t so hilarious I would probably kick him off.
AMBY: Bombay have been touring ever since you were teenagers, do you still get the same thrill as you did when you began?
EN: Very much so. I still find touring as much fun as I did when I was seventeen. The thing I like most is meeting new people and seeing new places. I can’t see any of that stopping any time soon.
AMBY: Speaking of the tour, we saw you twice on the first half of the North American tour; both shows were amazing and extremely memorable! What have been some of the most memorable moments on tour so far?
EN: One of my all time favourite moments from tour was supporting Broken Social Scene at their last show ever. They were one of the bands that made us want to make music. We played with them in Rio which is easily one of my favourite places in the world.
AMBY: What was the best part of Jack’s experience at Africa Express?
EN: You would need to ask Jack that question. He played a Joy Division song with Peter Hook! I am incredibly envious of that.
AMBY: Which new bands have you been listening to lately?
EN: My favourite album of the last year is the new Beach House album. I can’t stop listening to it. I am also into the new Grizzly Bear album. Embarrassingly I don’t really know that many new artists.
AMBY: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?
EN: Jamie Oliver so he can cook. Tom Waits to provide the music. And that guy off Man vs Food so he can race me to finish.
AMBY: What do you consider one of Bombay’s best lyrics?
EN: “They said love was painted gold
Like all things growing old
The paint peels and slowly folds.”
AMBY: What are your hobbies? Aside from music of course!
EN: I try to paint in my spare time. In fact I did a painting today of the place I am staying in goa. It wasnt very good… I’m a bit out of practice.
AMBY: Change is unavoidable, what’s something that will never change about BBC?
EN: We will never be able to talk to other bands/interviewers/girls when we are all together. Alone we are fine.
AMBY: If the four of you were The Beatles, who would be which Beatle?
EN: Suren- Ringo, Jack- John, I’m not too sure about me and Jamie. I would like to be George but would probably end up being Paul…
AMBY: How would you compare British audiences to North American ones?
EN: British audiences are very energetic, sometimes a little too energetic. It’s always weird seeing people punch each other in the face to songs from flaws. In the states everyone is very appreciative.
AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?
EN: Happy Birthday. It would be a disaster.
AMBY: What’s a word for each band member that describes their personality?
EN: Suren- enigma, Jamie- ambitious, Jack- creative.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Bombay Bicycle Club that nobody knows… Yet?
EN: Well I am sitting by a beach in Goa getting bitten to shit by Mosquitoes. So in a couple of weeks I may well have malaria. That’s a scoop!!
Thank you so much Ed, we really appreciate you taking the time to give us your answers!
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