Live Review: Bombay Bicycle Club at Lincoln Engine Shed – 9th October 2011

By on Friday, 14th October 2011 at 4:30 pm

To the twinkling tones of ‘Shuffle’, Bombay Bicycle Club came onstage in Lincoln. And to what a roar they came on. The last time I had the pleasure to watch these boys properly was in a somewhat different setting to the Engine Shed they were playing this time. It was part of their acoustic tour in support of their acoustic album ‘Flaws’, and it was at Union Chapel in London. Instead of moshing punters, placed bums on the pews of the chapel awaited their sermon.

‘Shuffle’ was greeted to the kind of reaction their classics would be. Quite good for a track that was only released earlier in summer. That was to set the tone for the entire gig: full of tracks played top an adoring audience who sang along to every last note. ‘Dust on the Ground’ was welcomed warmly as the subtle guitars of Jack Steadman floated across the swathes of sweaty teenagers who crowded the front of the Engine Shed. The energy of the band was easily noticeable as they swung from ethereal melodies into jittering guitar solos, swinging their bodies around the stage.

Steadman played his usual awkward kid with glasses routine, but we aren’t buying it any more. We know that he is one of the most confident frontmen around now. With his cheeky grins and thank yous, he holds the crowd in the palm of his hand. Acoustic track ‘Ivy and Gold’ was given an injection of electricity as the band powered through this crowd pleaser.

‘Magnet’ was ferocious and the mosh pits even opened for a few seconds, as Steadman and Jamie McColl combined brilliantly on this track, just as McColl managed to hit every note with his eyes closed. The biggest cheer of the night though was reserved for ‘Always Like This’, with its brilliant sing-along chorus, and almost country-esque beat. By this point most of the crowd seem knackered but nothing will hold them back from screaming every last word of this song back at their idols.

It’s only the second time Bombay Bicycle Club have played Lincoln, but my bet is it will be their last. This band is destined for arena stardom. If Frank Turner and White Lies can headline Wembley, why can’t these guys? Catch them on their current club tour while you can (details here).

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