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A melodic, guitar-driven indie rock outfit from North London, Bombay Bicycle Club comprise frontman Jack Steadman, guitarist Jamie MacColl, drummer Suren de Saram, and bassist Ed Nash. Steadman, MacColl, and Saram -- who at the time were all students at University College School (attending at the same time as members of Cajun Dance Party), and not one of them over the age of 15 -- formed the group in Crouch End in 2005, initially calling themselves the Canals. They adopted different names over the course of the next year until Nash was brought on board in 2006, at which point the fledgling group dubbed itself Bombay Bicycle Club, in reference to an Indian restaurant chain. Bombay Bicycle Club entered Virgin Mobile's "Road to V" battle-of-the-bands contest soon after, a move that would effectively launch them out of obscurity and into the spotlight as one of that year's most hyped indie acts in Britain. Blending together sensual, reverb-slicked, post-punk sensibilities with the kind of bubbly, rhythmically adventurous quirkiness that evoked acts like Orange Juice, Bloc Party, and Vampire Weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club ended up winning the competition -- which, in previous years, had been won by the likes of Young Knives -- and were given a spot opening up V Festival that August. A flurry of offers from several big labels came in, but Bombay Bicycle Club opted to self-release their first disc on their homegrown label, Mmm.... Produced by Jim Abiss (who'd previously worked with the Arctic Monkeys), Bombay Bicycle Club's debut EP, The Boy I Used to Be, was released in February 2007; the disc was given a warm critical reception, notably from the folks at NME. Another EP, How We Are, was released that October, debuting at the number two spot on the U.K. indie singles chart. The members of Bombay Bicycle Club graduated upper secondary school the following June, and the rest of their summer was dominated by the release of a new single, "Evening/Morning" (released on the Young and Lost Club label), and a flurry of U.K. tour dates. Teaming up once again with Abiss, they recorded their debut full-length at Konk Studios that fall. Bombay Bicycle Club signed with Island Records as the year came to a close; their debut full-length on the label, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, was released the following summer. In July of 2010, Bombay Bicycle Club released their sophomore effort, Flaws, which found the bandmates unplugging their instruments and recording acoustic songs, including a cover of Joanna Newsom's "Swansea." In 2011, Bombay Bicycle Club returned to a fully electric sound with the release of the Abiss-produced A Different Kind of Fix. The plugged-in pop/rock approach was evident on the atmospheric dance-oriented leadoff single, "Shuffle." Bombay Bicycle Club returned in 2014 with the hypnotic So Long, See You Tomorrow, featuring songs influenced by Steadman's trip through Europe and India. ~ Margaret Reges
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  2.   Shuffle
  3.   Rinse Me Down
  4.   Luna
  5.   Lights Out, Words Gone
  6.   Leave It
  7.   Always Like This
  8.   Ivy & Gold
  9.   The Hill
  10.   Magnet
  11.   Evening/Morning
  12.   Beggars
  13.   How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep
  14.   Emergency Contraception Blues
  15.   Carry Me
  16.   Autumn
  17.   So Long, See You Tomorrow
  18.   Feel
  19.   It's Alright Now
  20.   Take the Right One
  21.   Word by Word
  22.   The Giantess
  23.   Ghost
  24.   Reign Down
  25.   What If
  26.   Lamplight
  27.   Dust on the Ground
  28.   Whenever, Wherever
  29.   Overdone
  30.   Your Eyes
  31.   What You Want
  32.   Still
  33.   Fracture
  34.   Favourite Day
  35.   Bad Timing
  36.   Many Ways
  37.   Leaving Blues
  38.   Never Like That
  39.   Flaws
  40.   To the Bone
  41.   Come To
  42.   Eyes Off You
  43.   Swansea
  44.   My God
  45.   Jewel
  46.   Fairytale Lullaby
  47.   Cancel on Me
  48.   Home By Now

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