Bombay Bicycle Club | Lollapalooza | August 5, 2012
Photo: Max Herman
As the first band to play the Red Bull Soundstage since last night's Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bombay Bicycle Club found itself without a crowd to the right of the stage. The culprit? A giant pool of muck and mulch, attracting more mating dragonflies by the minute, kept many festival attendees at bay. Despite the unpleasant aroma, the crowd made use of what dry land was available, settling into the final day of Lolla with the London group's mellow guitar-pop.
After beginning the set with "How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep," a track off last year's album A Different Kind of Fix, lead singer Jack Steadman politely inquired if he could "see everyone's hands in the air, please?" The audience enthusiastically complied, for a moment, until the second song, "Your Eyes," got going. Amber Wilson, a lovely Scottish talent, joined the group onstage for two of the duets from its latest record, but technical difficulties didn't fully showcase her contributions. While drummer Suren de Sara and bassist Ed Nash each had nice solo moments, the scene overall was static. As the set progressed, Steadman exhibited plenty of charm, but couldn't sustain much energy from the crowd. Mumbled lyrics, perhaps a side effect of the sound system, made it difficult to connect with the songs, ultimately confirming Bombay Bicycle Club may be best suited to the club scene.