With their fifth record ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ set to land on Friday (17th January), Bombay Bicycle Club are giving us our last teaser of what to expect with new track ‘Is It Real’.
“‘Is It Real’ is a song about taking a trip down memory lane,” a statement says, “reminiscing about the old times and cherished memories, and wondering when sat next to the responsibilities and struggles of adult life, how any of those fondly remembered days were real.”
It’s also a classic BBC banger, of course.
The last track to be released before the full record is shared, back in our September issue, frontman Jack Steadman told us a little bit about going back to their indie roots for the new album. “There was so much stuff on the last album that you can kind of, in hindsight, see was leaning towards almost a Mr Jukes album,” he explained. “It was very summery and electronic, and almost just veering away from guitar music. Now that I feel like I’ve done that, we can just concentrate on making good guitar music again.”
Have a listen below:
See Bombay Bicycle Club live at the following dates:
20 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
21 – Academy, Bournemouth
23 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
24 – University SU Great Hall, Cardiff
25 – Academy, Leeds
27 – Academy, Newcastle
28 – Barrowland, Glasgow
31 – Academy, Birmingham
01 – The Centre, Brighton
03 – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
07 – Alexandra Palace, London
10 – Vicar Street, Dublin
12 – Ulster Hall, Belfast
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The track is taken from their forthcoming acoustic EP ‘Two Lives’.
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