Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman: ‘I’m worried about our next album’

Singer says he's eager to make sure his band don't become 'less personal'

Bombay Bicycle Club‘s Jack Steadman has admitted he is worried about the band becoming “less personal” on their next album.

Since releasing their third LP ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ in August last year, the group have gone onto sell out a 10,000 homecoming show at London’s Alexandra Palace later this month (April 28) and were recently dubbed “future headliners” by Reading And Leeds festival boss Melvin Benn.

Speaking to NME, however, the singer admitted that he was feeling under pressure to satisfy their ever-increasing fanbase – but was determined he wouldn’t start pandering to please the audience.

He said:

As you get bigger and bigger, you get tempted to just try and write stuff that you know will appeal to loads and loads of people. And then you realise that the music becomes less personal to you, and I get quite worried.

He went on to add: “I just think I’m worrying about it, to be honest. Whatever we do, I don’t think anyone things of us as that big arena rock band. We’re all just very clumsy and awkward onstage and I think people think it’s endearing, because they can picture themselves in the same position. I think people like to see a band that can’t really handle it that well.”

Steadman also gave a hint as to what the band’s new material would sound like, revealing that they had recently finished a demo of a brand new track. “There’s a sense of longing in it, and musically it’s very sample based,” he confided. “It’s sort of taking off where ‘Shuffle’ and ‘Lights Out, Words Gone’ [left off] – it’s kind of a cross between those two songs. It’s quite mid-tempo. I played it to a lot of people and they said it reminds them of Washed Out.”

The band are set to tour the UK in April and will end the 11-date run at London’s Alexandra Palace on April 28, which will be their biggest ever headline show. The gig has now sold out completely.

They will also release ‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’, their latest single from their third album ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ on April 9. To watch the video for the track, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click.

Bombay Bicycle Club are confirmed for a series of summer festivals, including Beniccasim and BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend in east London.