Bombay Bicycle Club ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)’ review

They’re back with their first music in five years…

It’s been a while since anyone has heard anything new by Bombay Bicycle Club. Their last album; ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ was released way back in 2014 and their last tour had concluded in 2015. In many ways, BBC had slipped out of existence, only living on as a legend in Spotify’s ‘Sing-along Indie Hits’ playlist. However at the start of 2019, the band awoke from their slumber, with promise of a new album and tour. The new album in is question will be named ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’; perhaps a nod to divisiveness of Brexit and Trump that has occured since the band’s last outting.

Now to the single! ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You) starts off with lo-fi beats. This gives the illusion that the song is very different from BBC’s previous work. However once bassist Ed Nash’s pulsating bass line and frontman Jack Steadman’s crooning voice comes in, you realise that in the space of five years not much has changed. This is further cemented by the guitar work being very bluesy, which is very reminiscent of their third album; 2011’s ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’.

Lyrically, the song seems to deal with absence of a loved one; therefore very similar to ‘Home By Now’, from 2014’s ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’. While the chorus is a bit bland, with the constant repeating of the song’s name; although it is catchy nevertheless- similar to ‘Light’s Out, Words Gone’.

So, after BBC’s five year break thing’s haven’t really changed much in their musical direction. Arguably, this means that the single has little identity of it’s own. However, I actually don’t think it’s a bad thing, as it reassures us that BBC are still very listenable band after their hiatus.

Featured Image credit: Bombay Bicycle Club

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