Upon its release in 2009, I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose cemented a barely-out-of-school Bombay Bicycle Club as key players in a thriving indie music scene; an unpredictable new act and a rapidly rising one, too. Its second single, ‘Always Like This’ is still an undeniable live favourite and has slotted seamlessly into their sets throughout those ten short years. If you’ve seen the band headline a festival or play one of their many notoriously-stellar live gigs, you’ll have seen first hand just how beautifully this track translates on to a live stage. We can’t wait to see similar ingenuity from the other eleven tracks that make up the album, and how the sometimes criminally underplayed tunes are brought rightly back into the limelight.
The album’s youthful vitality and thoughtful takes on life as an ’00s teenager have continued to enchant new audiences as the band’s career has flourished, and stayed with day one fans as they’ve grown up alongside the band. Therefore, I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose seems the perfect album to remind us once more of live gigs; of the shows we went to and sang along at not too many months ago.
The exciting news of the live album follows the release of the band’s fifth studio album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong earlier this year. The album peaked at #4 on the UK album chart and garnered widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike. The release was due to be followed by an extensive European and North American headline tour and numerous festival headline appearances, which would undoubtedly have been brilliantly received and long-remembered.
The new live album acts as a timely gift to their fans and a fine celebration of the power and togetherness of live music.
Speaking about the release, the band say, “This time last year – in the good old days when live music was possible – we played a handful of shows around the UK to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our debut album, ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose.’ This tour finished on a Friday night at Brixton Academy in London, and we took the decision to record the show that evening.”
“This was a particularly special night for us in any case – seriously a show that we’ll all remember forever – and especially considering what’s happened since, we’re grateful we have a memory like this to keep us all going until live music can resume.”
I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose – Live At Brixton will be available digitally, on vinyl and CD and as a double LP, which includes the original studio album as well as the live recording.
The album was recorded on 8th November 2019 at the band’s sold out Brixton Academy show, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album. It will be released on 11th December via Mmm… Records + Caroline International.