When Bombay Bicycle Club announced their regional tour dates in Ireland, the venues on the list were so intimate that fans would have been relishing the chance the see them up close. A fine example of this was the band’s gig in the Set Theatre Kilkenny on Sunday night.
Derry singer/songwriter SOAK opened the show, standing a solitary figure among the keyboards and drums of Bombay Bicycle Club. Holding her own on stage, the audience may not have known much about SOAK, but they were soon reminded when the young songstress’s hit ‘Sea Creatures’ was played towards the end of her set.
As Bombay Bicycle Club made their way on stage, the band settled down as lead singer Jack Steadman did his intro, telling the crowd “We’re gonna play some new songs tonight”. However, before the band indulged in playing the new songs, popular fan hit ‘Shuffle’ got the crowd in motion.
Bombay Bicycle Club’s indie rock style is something unique. They keep the tempo throughout the set no matter what song they seem to play. Five songs in and as ‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’ slowed down the feel of the show’s exciting opening, the crowd were swaying to the rhythm.
“I’ve spent the last two days here and loved it” says Jack, and it sure looked it by the way band enjoyed themselves on stage. Making their way through songs new and old, they were gloriously full of charming guitar effects, while packing a punch with the drums and percussion. The audience found their voice instead of their dance moves when favourite ‘Always Like This’ was played at the end of their set.
Before the band left the stage, frontman Jack Steadman added “We can’t wait to see you in the near future”, a remark which is surely aimed at the band’s possible plans to tour again following the release of their new album early next year.
As cheers of “One more tune” rang out, it was clear that no one was budging from the theatre for a while yet. Bombay Bicycle Club clearly heard those calls as they came back for a two song encore, which included ‘Ivy & Gold’ from the band’s second album ‘Flaws’.
The gig was a night where the Set Theatre came alive in it’s golden intimacy. As Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ played over the PA system after the show, you felt that if Bombay Bicycle Club had played the setlist again, the crowd would have certainly stayed and listened.