Bombay Bicycle Club’s Track By Track Guide To ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’

Jack Steadman runs through Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ in his own words

How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep
“Structurally it’s more similar to The Chemical Brothers than other bands. Everything is on a loop, even the lyrics. There’s only one section but different parts fall in and out.”


Bad Timing
“This one’s about two people in relationships who fall for each other. Musically, it’s got one idea that is developed throughout the song. I like to record as little as possible and get the rest by manipulating things on my laptop.”

Your Eyes
“It’s the only song I wrote about breaking up with my girlfriend. When I went to Atlanta to work with [producer] Ben Allen, we put it on a loop. He said, ‘I’m off for five minutes. When I come back I want you to have written something.’ That became the chorus.”

Lights Out, Words Gone
“I wrote this song on a ferry on a laptop, using the keyboard to tap in all the notes. I was singing bits in falsetto. We gave those parts to Lucy [Rose] and the harmonies worked really well together.”

Take The Right One
“The demos sounded a bit My Bloody Valentine. [Producer] Jim Abbiss got us to do something fun with it. We recorded one version where it’s all played on mandolins, one where we’re all playing pianos, one where there’s loads of fuzz. Then we mixed it all down to one thing.”

“The piano is from an old jazz record and I stole the vocals from Jamie’s brother’s band Lo-Fi Culture Scene. It sounded a bit gritty but Ben gave it a summer sheen.”

“This is probably the first time I’ve used lots of metaphors. There’s lots about an army, it’s like a ‘siege’ thing.”


Leave It
“I was watching a programme about synesthesia and this woman was singing a Puccini opera. I started playing parts of it on a guitar, which became the main riff.”

“It was inspired quite a lot by the band Low, which meant lots of reverb and brushes instead of sticks.”

What You Want
“It’s about being a pushover. Being in a relationship and going, ‘Sure, whatever you want, I’ll just do it.’”

Favourite Day
“I made this when I was 15, with a hip-hop beat and a sample of a baby crying. It was terrible. But I started fiddling with it, took away the baby and gave it that marching band beat.”

“I wrote this in Hamburg. It’s the most personal song, really naked. It’s about getting cheated on. I sent it to our manager and he was speechless. I thought, ‘That’s exactly what I wanted.’”