As an avid bicycle commuter and rider, when I hear of an alternative/indie rock band named Bombay Bicycle Club (or BBC for short), I am instantly intrigued. The moment I started listening to 13 tracks off their fall 2011 release entitled, A Different Kind of Fix, I knew I had found something very special. The music and mood are vaguely reminiscent of Belong by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but BBC has definitely found its own groove.
Hailing from the Crouch End (gotta love that name!) district on the north end of London, England, Bombay Bicycle Club began playing music together in 2005 at the ripe old age of 15, originally under the name, The Canals. Bombay Bicycle Club consists of Jack Steadman, Jamie MacColl, Suren de Saram, and Ed Nash. In addition, Lucy Rose contributes stellar vocals on several of the tracks including “Leave It” and “Lights Out, Words Gone.”
The music on this release, the band’s third studio album, is simply splendid. Great guitar hooks, catchy melodies, and introspective lyrics complete an awesome baker’s dozen of tunes (with the bonus track). I keep wavering between which song on the album is my favorite, so here is a list of my favorites of the 13 tracks:
- “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep” – the video for this song is very imaginative and seriously cool (see above).
- “What You Want” – a fantastic fan made video of this ripping song is provided below.
- “Leave It”
- “Bad Timing”
- “Take the Right One”
- “Lights Out, Words Gone”
- “Your Eyes”
If you enjoy listening to alternative, alternative rock, or indie music, I think you will really like BBC’s A Different Kind of Fix. It is easily one of the best albums of the past 12 months. So, hop on the bicycle and give ’em a whirl.