The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
May 3, 2014
Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Morgan Hotston
Bombay Bicycle Club, touring in support of So Long, See You Tomorrow, stopped at The Danforth Music Hall to play songs from their eclectic three albums.
Bombay Bicycle Club
You know when the audience cheers louder and more enthusiastically for a band’s current or most popular single? Well, it was like that for every single song at Bombay Bicycle Club’s sold out show at The Danforth Music Hall on Saturday. To a Bombay fan every song is clearly a hit and likely their “absolute favourite song ever”.
Those who came to hear the relaxed atmospheric pop blends offered on So Long, See You Tomorrow were in for a surprise. The band was far from relaxed, bouncing around on stage with lively energy and charisma, hyping their fans up to a state where the crowd was also jumping and dancing throughout the entire set.
Surprise seems to be what Bombay Bicycle Club does best. They have become known for their dramatically shifting sound over their last three albums, managing to continue to impress and grow their fans base with each change. Impressively, the band also knows how to effortlessly sew together songs from these albums to create a patchwork live performance of danceable indie rock with electronic influence. On Saturday, each song flowed easily into the next, making it difficult to distinguish the new from the old.
Highlight of the night was when Liz Lawrence came up to the front of the stage to join lead singer Jack Steadman for “Home By Now”. Lawrence’s backing vocals blend with and elevate Steadman’s lead vocals, and the duet-like moments in the song were very well received by the crowd. “Feel” was also a crowd favourite, and its Indian-style instrumentation upped the energy and kept the crowd dancing through the last quarter of the set.
A nice quiet moment, with Steadman on the keys for “Eyes Off You” was beautiful but unfortunately went by unnoticed by the chatty crowd. Steadman stuck it out and stayed on the keys for the start of “Whenever, Whatever”, which he dedicated to Shakira, before bouncing back up to the microphone to sing. The brief moment when he was singing without playing any instrument, was when his voice was at its strongest and definitely another highlight of the night.
But to the extremely excited crowd every moment was clearly a highlight. The band played through the majority of the songs on their new album and captivated with their electric stage presence and interesting visuals. It is hard to imagine that anyone left the show less than thrilled with their performance.