English rock band, Bombay Bicycle Club played Union Transfer on Tuesday, October 21st to a packed house full of eager fans. The band rolled into Philly towing along energetic openers Luxley from New Orleans, as well as Milo Greene from Los Angeles for some extra pop. All of the bands brought dynamic, uptempo sets littered with their hits while also catering to the earnest and youthful crowd.
On stage first was Luxley, a spirited outfit from New Orleans that never stopped moving. At the ending of their first song, one young woman in the crowd remarked, “What is this guy on? I want some…” in reference to lead singer Ryan Gray’s persistent dancing. Described on their website as “wildfire dance rock” and citing bands like Friendly Fires as inspiration, the tribal drum rhythms and swinging guitar riffs of Luxley certainly do make it difficult to stand still. It doesn’t get any easier to remain stagnant when the lead singer is doing half the set from the pit and throwing out high fives to the audience like they were guitar picks. They ended their last song with Ryan jumping into the crowd and forming an LED light bonfire, while having his new friends in the crowd dance around it with him while he sung along.
After Luxley’s departure from the stage, the tone of the night was certainly set and Milo Greene stepped up to keep the crowd bouncing. Everyone in the crowd seemed to know all of their songs and was especially amped for their anthemic rock. The band really fills the stage, often switching instruments with each other and all sharing vocal duties throughout the songs. They did a solid job of keeping the crowd interested and it was evident they had a strong following there showing support. The venue filled up by the end of their set and a few sing alongs ensued, but after the crowd showed their appreciation, they were clamoring for the headliners.
Not to be out-shined by the openers, Bombay Bicycle Club came out with their own vigor and enthusiasm. Jack Steadman and crew opened with “Overdone” and then transitioned to “It’s Alright Now” which had everyone in attendance chirping along. Bassist Ed Nash and guitarist Jaime MacColl both gave ferocious performances with Ed often whipping his long hair through the air and Jaime playing to the crowd as much as possible. Their set also featured evolution-themed projections akin to the cover art of their latest album, “So Long, See You Tomorrow” which were an awesome addition to the visuals for the night. The Club also covered Robyn’s song, “With Every Heartbeat” before encoring with “What If” and their latest hit, “Carry Me”.
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