Bombay Bicycle Club back in saddle for new tour

Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club
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Their rise in the rock ranks has been sure and steady, but Bombay Bicycle Club have never been ones to rest on their laurels

After emerging with their indie rock debut I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose, the London four-piece surprised everyone with acoustic album Flaws.

Now their fourth album So Long, See You Tomorrow sees them experimenting further.

‘From the start, we put quite a lot of pressure on ourselves to make this one the best, ‘ says drummer Suren de Saram.

‘We were cutthroat in terms of quality control. A couple of strong songs ended up being cut from the album just because we wanted to set the bar high early.

‘We wanted it to be consistent and concise, more so than any previous album.’

Fans can hear new tracks live when the band play Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday.

The album was produced by singer Jack Steadman and inspired by his travels, which saw him heading off-the-beaten-track in India, Turkey and other destinations.

But he always sought the advice of his band-mates.

‘Jack constantly e-mails us with his ideas. He trusts the three of us more than anyone. And if we don’t feel like it’s a strong idea, we’ll just say so,’ says Suren.

For information on the gig, visit portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.