Having followed and enjoyed the rise of Bombay Bicycle Club with regards to the live show a few features are key; varying instruments, styles and even musicians on stage seems to be how the band work best. Having recently enjoyed their first number one record with “So Long, See You Tomorrow” it appears to be a proven winning formula as the band tour in support of their recent success rolling in to Glasgow on a cold and rainy Monday evening.

Commencing proceedings with “Overdone” and “It’s Alright Now” from their latest offering, they properly hit their stride with third track “Shuffle” wherein the ostinato sounds as though it has been recreated using a banjo live as opposed to the keys on record. This gives it a much folkier feel and the first chance for a singalong which the crowd are happy indulge in. They keep “Lamplight” and “Evening/Morning” together from the debut album, the former giving the band the first chance to rock out with strobes ablazing, contrasting well with the song’s quitar moments.

Throughout the set the aforementioned band member fluctuation ranges from a minimum of five to a maximum of nine. The band are excellent, Liz Lawrence who performs Lucy Rose’s parts from the record compliments and harmonises with singer Jack Steadman terrifically well. The two vocalists recreate “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep?” beautifully and it is accompanied by a starry backdrop with the lyric cues during the song. Then follows “Feel” whereby the backdrop takes on a more animal/jungle theme inkeeping with the track itself which has a chorus primed for use on any potential “Lion King 3″ soundtracks.

There’s little in terms of between song banter, they seem a group very much of the mind that no one is here for a stand up routine and content to stick to their craft as what they know. However, the crowd decide to create their own banter during “Eyes Off You” and the tame intro of “Whenever, Wherever”, perhaps as tracks better left for the smaller venues. “Luna” thankfully provides more punch especially with the percussion stabs in the chorus to fully awaken anyone who was a tab absent for the last couple of songs.

The band are “Here we fuckin’ go’d” back onstage for an encore of “What If” and “Carry Me”. They all but abandon the electronic elements of the latter and just totally rock it square in the teeth. “Flaws” is the only album not given a nod and given the success of the two more acoustic tracks of the track was a good idea or a blessing in disguise. They blend the other three with the most recent, understandably being given a bigger share. Both the variation and development are clear and have contributed to their success well thus far. Here’s to many more chart toppers!

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