London indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club made their triumphant return to LA this past Thursday night at The Mayan. The band had taken a three-year hiatus, which saw their respective members go and so other things.
Frontman Jack Steadman put out a record in the interim as Mr. Jukes — a more hip-hop and soul-tinged record than the straight forward electro-indie rock BBC became known for.
Their official statement upon reforming stated, “More than anything it just felt great to be in the same room playing again. It made us realise what a good thing we have and has given us renewed energy and enthusiasm for the future.” It definitely shined through their performance Thursday just how excited they were to be playing together again. But multiply that feeling by one hundred and that’s how excited the crowd was.
I remember seeing Bombay Bicycle Club play a Coachella side show when I lived in Vegas five years ago at a small club inside the Hard Rock. I only knew their big hit “Always Like This” but was blown away by the live show — the depths of the synths behind the crystal clearness of Steadman’s voice really shining through.
The band played at least three new songs at The Mayan which were all well received. But old favorites like “Lamplight” and “Home By Now” really grasped their attention.
I look forward to the release of their first new full-length album in five years when they drop Everything Else Has Gone Wrong in January. Get ready for it.
Kansas City indie rock band The Greeting Committee opened things up and lead vocalist Addie Sartino has Big Frontwoman Energy, for sure. Can’t wait to catch them again.
Photos by Sarah Woods