Amidst the flurry of bands passing through the Las Vegas Valley over the past weeks Bombay Bicycle Club was an artist of particular note on the city calendar. Many other greats stopped to plant their flag during the Coachella traffic, however, this show was of particular anticipation as this was the first time BBC had graced our stage.
Opening the night was Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe setting the scene for a night of uptempo eclectic indie rock. Then BBC took the stage with a sound more typically associated with Asian and African music; their integration of world beats with indie rock is a welcomed trend in this genre, most recently made popular by the likes of Vampire Weekend.
While the band’s recorded music is an enjoyable listen, their live performance far surpassed the expectations created by their available albums. In person, the band has a striking danceable quality, much of which is lost in their records. These upbeat moments are contrasted but subtle and quiet spaces quickly re-surging back to upbeat moments or barreling deeper into thrashing distortion.
Most songs found accompanying female vocalist Liz Lawrence bringing a well rounded harmony to singer Jack Steadman’s sometimes hesitant Woody Allen-esque delivery. Everything but the sink seemed to be the attitude when acquiring influences, which lead to a joyous performance climaxing with middle eastern flavored chords that transformed into a Paul Simon meets Lionel Richie Caribbean style affair.