Bombay Bicycle Club claim a wave of 'bad indie bands' after Arctic Monkeys caused 'backlash'

Bass player Ed Nash says there is a lack of bands headlining festivals and appearing on the radio

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Bombay Bicycle Club have said that the success of Arctic Monkeys brought a wave of "bad indie bands" that saturated the market.

Speaking in a new interview with Gigwise, bass player Ed Nash states that he believes the amount of "bad indie bands" who came through following the release of Arctic Monkeys in 2006 led to a "backlash" against the genre.

Discussing the current state of the indie scene, Nash says: "When Arctic Monkeys blew up there were so many indie bands that music was just saturated. The amount of bad indie bands was unbelievable. There was a kind of backlash to that, and I think that's why you don't have so many bands on the radio or headlining festivals. Indie was the biggest form of music at that time and a lot of shit got through. There was a reaction to that because there were a lot of terrible landfill indie bands."

Bombay Bicycle Club release their new album 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' in February. The band will embark on a UK tour in March.

Bombay Bicycle Club will play:

Leeds O2 Academy (March 2)
Glasgow O2 Academy (3)
Aberdeen Music Hall (4)
Newcastle O2 Academy (5)
Nottingham Rock City (7)
Birmingham O2 Academy (8)
Norwich UEA (9)
Portsmouth Guildhall (10)
Bristol O2 Academy (12)
London O2 Academy Brixton (13)
Liverpool O2 Academy (15)
Cardiff Uni Great Hall (16)
Exeter Uni Great Hall (17)
Brighton Dome (18)
Manchester Albert Hall (20, 21)


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