Bombay Bicycle Club, one of my 2009 favourite muso-romances, has been on repeat in my house for weeks. Not only have they acquired a fantastically applaudable name, they’re a bunch of extremely talented kids. There’s something very distinctive about a Bombay Bicycle Club song. Like so many of the big name bands before them – Muse, Radiohead, anything sung by Pete Doherty – there’s a certain Bombay Bicycle Club quality which stops them from falling into the melting pot of pretty good but fairly ambiguous indie music.
Always Like This, which is still doing the radio rounds, is the kind of song that comes on and systematically forces you to want to dance. It’s something about that almost pop-like repetition that encourages dancing that verges on the ridiculous - the sort of dancing that you did when you were eight. In fact, the sort of dancing that your self-claimed 'wacky' uncle probably still does now. Thankfully, YouTube has confirmed that it's not just me that thinks this.
GregoryKimberleyMoss, I salute you. Take a couple of girls and a video camera, get them to dance and jump around in less-than-usual places in a manner that suggests they’ve just injected a load of caffeine, whack it on YouTube and there you have it. It’s one of those simplistic ingenious ideas, like Post-Its or hammocks. To date, the video has had nearly 36,000 hits. Which isn't bad, considering she's still doing her A levels.