Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard‘s series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week’s spin comes from Bombay Bicycle Club. The UK rockers — comprised of Jack Steadman, Jamie MacColl, Suren de Saram and Ed Nash — are set to release their fifth studio album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong, on Friday via Caroline International/Island Records. The set follows 2014’s UK chart-topping, Mercury Music Prize-nominated album So Long, See You Tomorrow and was written in Cornwall, U.K., and recorded at London’s KONK Studio alongside Grammy-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, The War on Drugs).
In 2019, the band launched a special tour to mark their 10th anniversary as a band, as well as celebrating their breakthrough 2009 LP, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose. The dates sold out in seconds, according to the band, and included a hometown show at London’s 4,921-capacity Brixton Academy.
To further kick off album release week, the band put together this week’s #TBT Mixtape to give fans a glimpse of the band’s early sonic influences and community in London during their come-up. The playlists includes “fellow friends bands, bands that we supported and bands that we went to see as excited teenage fans in the early days of Bombay Bicycle Club,” says bassist Ed Nash. “Some of whom are now household names, selling out arenas around the world, some of whom have long since hung up their skinny jeans and winkle pickers.”
“As the release of our fifth album and the end of my 20s both fast approach I’ve found myself thinking back to the start of the band, playing shows in small clubs and bars across North London where we all grew up and went to school,” he adds. “In the mid-00s, London nightlife was consumed by guitar bands and DJs and it can’t be underestimated how important this period of time was for Bombay Bicycle Club! Whether or not this was a good time for music is debatable, over ten years on some of these songs don’t sound as fresh as they once did (you can be the judge of that for yourself) but one thing that I know for sure is that it was the most enjoyable and exciting time of my life, and I’m glad to have been a very small part of it. Putting this playlist together took me right back to the beginning of it all and I loved it.”
Give the playlist, which includes songs by Foals, The Maccabees, Yuck and others, a spin, and check out some throwback snaps of the group from their youth below.