Bombay Bicycle Club are a melodic, guitar-driven indie rock outfit from North London comprised of 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.
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 UK 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 autumn. Bombay Bicycle Club signed with Island Records as the year came to a close; their debut full-length on that label, 'I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose', was released in July 2009.
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