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Gig Preview: Bombay Bicycle Club, Something Relevant @ Bonobo, Mumbai

Jack Steadman from Bombay Bicycle Club and Something Relevant will play special, acoustic sets tomorrow night to raise funds for a worthy cause.

19 Nov, 2012

Abhimanyu Meer


In order to help raise funds to build a community centre for underprivileged children in the town of Talasari, British indie band (well, one member of the band) Bombay Bicycle Club, and Mumbai jam band Something Relevant will play an acoustic concert at Bonobo, Bandra, tomorrow evening. The performance, originally scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 18, had to be pushed forward due to the citywide moratorium following the death of a politician. Unfortunately, Something Relevant’s show at Live From The Console #AllTheRage on Saturday, November 17, where they were set to debut their latest album We Could Be Dreaming, in its entirety, also had to be postponed.

Bombay Bicycle Club, a four-piece indie rock band from Crouch End, London, wrapped up a special appearance at the the Jack & Jones Other Stage (report) at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2012, Pune, just a couple of weeks ago (check out an interview we did with them), and decided to stay on in the country to travel, and then record some music at Cotton Press Studio. Jack Steadman (guitars, vocals) and Ed Nash (bass) played their acoustic show at the Weekender to an adoring crowd, and there’s no doubt that people haven’t gotten their fill of BBC yet. It should be noted that only Jack Steadman will play this show, as Ed Nash had to fly out of the country.

Check out this video of their hit ‘Ivy & Gold’ below.

Something Relevant are Mumbai’s favourite jam band. They’ve been known to fuse different styles of music, engage in elaborate, winding jams, and have a knack for making people dance. And they’ve been doing this for almost a decade, a very commendable feat in Indian indie music. Coming off the very recent debut of their second full-length album, We Could Be Dreaming (story here), Something Relevant will look to treat fans to some new material, all played acoustically. STR parted ways with their vocalist, Aazin Printer, recently, and Printer is now making an attempt to crowd-source funds for his debut solo album (read about it here). Before the postponement of Live From The Console #AllTheRage, Stuart DaCosta, bassist for the band, spoke to NH7 about their new album.

We dreamed a lot about this. 10 years ago, if we thought to ourselves, “In five years, we’ll make an album,” it would have just been us dreaming. We look at the people that helped us along the way and the things we’ve gotten to do and we realise that we’re very lucky…

The phrase (We Could Be Dreaming) itself has so many connotations of its own. People have so many different interpretations of it; they linked it to stuff like the movie Inception and dreams in general.

Watch a video of Something Relevant performing ‘Aaha’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 below.

Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman and Something Relevant will play at Bonobo, Mumbai, tomorrow, November 19, starting 8:00pm. Entry will set you back Rs 300.

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