You know the story: a band makes a wildly successful handful of albums before going on hiatus only to return half a decade later with a new track and promises of a reunion tour and album and it’s totally because they want to be a band again and certainly isn’t because their royalty cheques are drying up and someone needs a new sports car. When rumours started circulating that the London quartet Bombay Bicycle Club were set to return with some new music it would be easy to cynically dismiss this as fan service and a fresh attempt at cultural relevance; however, this happily seems far from the case.
The new track, “Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)” sees the group return to their very roots with a stripped-back track reminiscent of their debut LP I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose. Having recently announced a handful of shows playing this album in full, it seems only natural for the band to return to their beginnings and recapture the essence of how the band formed once again. The track itself features the traditional Bombay Bicycle Club instrumentation – a four-piece guitar band with a heavy synth presence, but with an almost lo-fi rawness to it as if the band are in the room with you.
The track is the band’s first single from their currently untitled fifth album, slated for a 2020 release. Both the single and subsequent album were recorded at KONK Studio in London with producer John Congleton (Better Oblivion Community Centre, Franz Ferdinand, St. Vincent, This Will Destroy You). The band will be playing a handful of sold-out UK shows this November.