Standing near the bar at o2 Academy Newcastle after watching Bombay’s two supports, saying I was eager to see them would be an understatement. The audience cheered loudly as brightly coloured visuals projected onto circular screens, and intense lights invaded the stage, followed by the band themselves with backing singers and a group of people with brass instruments.
The smooth, flowing sound of Overdone started to play; the perfect opening song to both the gig and their flawless new album, ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’. As the pace of the song became faster the atmosphere got better and better as everyone was dancing and watching the spectacle. It’s Alright Now was next, which made way to Shuffle, a regular favourite amongst Bombay Bicycle Club fans.
Come To was next, which for me resulted in more dancing, singing, generally appreciating the fresh, new sound Bombay have produced in the form of So Long, See You Tomorrow. After Your Eyes and Lamplight, Evening/Morning kicked in and as the audience jumped around me and a guy next to me came to an agreement that it is one of their best songs. How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep followed, and the lazy sound of Jack Steadman’s vocals paired with the amazing lighting and the much needed blast of cold air from an overhead fan equalled this being one of the highlights of the night.
Next was Home By Now and Feel, which boasted the band’s amazing new sounds perfectly. The rest of the night featured Lights Out, Words Gone, Eyes Off You, Whenever, Wherever and Luna. After this was Always Like This, undoubtedly one of the best Bombay Bicycle Club songs- the atmosphere reached a crescendo as the band’s sound was accompanied by the brass instruments, and most of the song was sung by the audience. The song that concluded the set was a calmer So Long, See You Tomorrow, which was followed by Steadman saying “I hope you’ve all had as much fun as we have,” as they left the stage.
The encore consisted of What If, another favourite from the band’s debut, ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose,’ and it was obvious the crowd enjoyed the old songs just as much as the contrasting new ones. The audience were filled with energy and enthusiasm as the band concluded the night with Carry Me. The beautiful visuals and bold lighting faded out as the band left the stage and everyone had time to appreciate how fantastic Bombay Bicycle Club sound live. I look forward to seeing them again soon.
Laura Hague |