Bombay Bicycle Club sets Manila concert

By Joko Magalong

Posted at Jul 06 2014 01:10 PM | Updated as of Jul 07 2014 09:28 PM

Bombay Bicycle Club. Photo: Handout

MANILA -- Bombay Bicycle Club, an alternative rock band from London, is set to perform here in the Philippines for the first time on July 23 in the World Trade Center.

Composed of Jack Steadman (lead vocals, guitar, piano), James MacColl (guitar), Suren de Saram (drums), and Ed Nash (bass), the band won a talent contest in 2006 and has since released hit CDs, including a UK chart-topping No. 1 album.

With songs such as “Evening/Morning,” “Always Like This,” “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep,” “Lights Out, Words Gone” and the catchy “Shuffle,” the band's music has evolved with in each album, delving into different genres from folk, electronica, punk rock, and world music. And it is these musical adventures that have built them a solid fan base, here in the Philippines and abroad. talked to vocalist Steadman about the band’s influences in their current album, “So Long, See You Tomorrow,” which features songs like “Carry Me”, “Luna” and “Feel,” as well as their plans for their Philippine concert.

Q: What’s your inspiration or influence for this current album?

Jack Steadman: I think that the latest album has too many influences, not just one—a mixture of everything. The biggest influence for this record was Bollywood music. I fell in love with it, a couple of years ago during my tour in India. The music is so catchy and hypnotic, and I love the sounds and the production of some of the songs.

Q: What would be the most out there genre or style that you could incorporate into your music?

Jack Steadman: Probably reggae music.

Q: As a band, you started when you were very young. A few years in with all the awards and all the albums, do you enjoy how you've progressed?

Jack Steadman: Yes, I think we’ve done it the perfect way. We have had a lot of patience, you know? And we’ve always done it very slowly. It’s usually your first album that does really well and then you’ve got all this pressure afterwards to match that success, but every time that we finish an album, we always feel that we have something more to prove. So we have a healthy little struggle that we never get satisfied with what we’re doing, and we always have something to strive for.

Q: Anything you regret or want to do over?

Jack Steadman: Just the name of the band, I think we could have had a better name.

Q: One thing that seems really apparent in all your albums, even if stylistically they are all very diverse, is that you have a certain style in your music. Other reviewers have called it "wearing your heart on your sleeve." Is this is a conscious effort? Is it because certain people are really like that in the band?

Jack Steadman: We find it really hard to be mysterious. When people come and see us play, we want them to realize that we’re just like them. We’re normal people that grew up making music and found success doing it. And I think a lot of people like that when they come and see us, because it means that it’s really easy to connect to us.

Q: Any message for your Filipino fans?

Jack Steadman: Just that, we can’t wait to see you and we’re sorry that it took us so long to come. We hope it’ll be worth the wait, and please come and say hello to us. We always look funny on stage, always laughing and smiling and we want all of you to do the same thing! I was talking to Lucy Rose, and she told me that it (the show in Manila) was one of the most amazing crowds that she ever played to, so that got me really excited.

Bombay Bicycle Club: Live in Manila will be held on July 23, at the World Trade Center. Tickets at P4,200 with an early bird offer of P3,000, available at SM Tickets Outlets and the SM Tickets Website. This event is organized by Karpos Multimedia.