REVIEW: Bombay Bicycle Club, O2 Academy

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THERE was always a fear among the privileged few of us who caught these lads on The Leadmill’s tiny Steel Stage two years ago to the day that we would soon be having to share them with the wider world.

The bulging dancefloor on Arundel Gate confirmed BBC have indeed come a lot further than simply quarter of a mile from Leadmill Road.

Lamenting success-banished gig intimacy is soon forgotten as the Bombay boys arrive a few days after our Indian summer to warm up an authentic October night with the festival-soundtracking vibe of Shuffle, the distinctive riff welcoming the young band on stage.

While those early shows were simpler affairs thanks to the angular nature of their delicious debut I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose, the BBC in 2011 are a more open and varied beast suited to larger scale venues thanks to the folk-rock of second album Flaws and experimentation of aptly-titled third A Different Kind Of Fix.

Jack Steadman isn’t a big one for banter, prefering to fill the set time with tunes led by his polarising dulcets rather than chatter. And, perhaps in light of their larger surroundings the emphasis here was more on febrile wares and less their darker, acoustic corners, maybe dismissing the need for dynamic contrast against dips in the upbeat spirit of this wide-ranging crowd.

The softest moment came at the piano for the start of the encore but the BBC are well aware they now have the ammo to bring a place back up in time to face the rain and the souvenir hoody sellers on the pavements outside.

With the euphoria of How Are You, the nudging charm of Lamplight, Magnet’s sharp edges, the immaculate Dust On The Ground, the summery skip of Always Like was hard to pick one highlight.