The members of Bombay Bicycle Club began playing music together when they were just 15 years old. They took their name from a chain of Indian restaurants in their hometown of London, England. Originally called The Canals, the band performed under various other aliases and with different members until Ed Nash joined the band in 2006. Their big break came when they won Virgin Mobile's "Road to V" competition and they opened V Fest in Chelmsford and Staffordshire in August 2006.
Bombay Bicycle Club created a new label called MMM… Records to release their first two EPs. In late 2008, the band signed a deal with Island Records to co-release their singles and albums going forward. Their first single with Island came out in April 2009 and was called "Always Like This."
Bombay Bicycle Club covered Lana Del Rey's hit song "Video Games
" for Radio 1's Live Lounge. In an interview with NME at Glastonbury 2011, members of the band said they "don't listen to guitar music," despite being a classified as a folk-rock band. Other artists the band enjoys include Caribou, James Blake, and Beyoncé.
In September 2010, Bombay Bicycle Club began working on their third studio album. The band worked with Animal Collective producer Ben Allen and Arcade Fire mixer Craig Silvey. The album was called A Different Kind of Fix and was released in August 2011.
After finishing high school in 2008, the members of Bombay Bicycle Club decided to pursue music as a full time career. Their debut album was called I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose. The band took the name from a line in the song "After Hours" by A Tribe Called Quest.
British music producer Jim Abbiss produced Bombay Bicycle Club's debut album. He's worked with some of the music industry's leading acts, including Arctic Monkeys, KT Tunstall, Editors, DJ Shadow, and Adele.
In March 2011, Bombay Bicycle Club performed at the Independent Music Awards in Toronto, Canada. The ceremony was held at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel and also included performances by Shad, Hollerado, and Hannah Georgas, among others.
Guitarist Jamie MacColl is the grandson of Folk singers Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, and the nephew of singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl.