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Review: Bombay Bicycle Club, Milo Greene, Luxley

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Graham Fink of Milo Greene

Last night, Louisiana‘s Luxley, Los AngelesMilo Greene and London‘s Bombay Bicycle Club shared the Crescent Ballroom stage for a sold-out Stateside Presents show.

Before the show started, the stage looked just like the underage section — packed. It seemed as if a good majority of the tickets were sold to fans under 21. The stage was filled with equipment that I thought would be sorted, organized and removed before the show started. Nope.

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Ryan Gray of Luxley

The evening began promptly with a performance by Luxley, a self-described “wildfire dance rock” band of four. Pushed to the very front of the stage by the drum sets, guitars, amps and other equipment behind them, the four guys had a ridiculously little amount of space to do their thing. I think the stage set up did them a disservice. Although it didn’t slow down the lead singer, Ryan Gray, who went into the 21+ crowd on the first song. I appreciate the enthusiasm, but it didn’t seem too effective at winning over the crowd. Gray basically danced alone and all the faces I saw looked perplexed. The music itself wasn’t bad, but it was an unexpected intro for the bands that would follow.

Milo Greene live, bombay bicycle club live, luxley live, show review, crescent ballroomAt one point, the band set up the floor tom down, in front of the stage, with the audience. Later, during a song Gray jumped down into the 21+ crowd, again, to play it. It seemed more like an inconvenience for the audience who had to make room for this. People didn’t know what to expectand looked on edge for most of the performance.

If the crowd wasn’t over the band after the first few songs, they definitely checked out when Gray said something like, “This is the first time many of us have been to California.” Yes, he made that mistake. No one was impressed or sympathetic for the mix up and even a few people booed about it. Gray quickly corrected himself, apologizing for the mix up and telling us they were just in San Diego the evening before. In a further effort to right his wrong (or at least continue on moving and grooving), he made his way into the underage section where he stayed for some time, at least a minute. Some people pulled out their phones to capture the moment, others danced around him, but most of us just stood around wondering what to look at because the most entertaining member to watch was out of eye’s sight.

The band seems new and has some kinks to work out in their live shows. Gray has an undeniably infectious stage presence, but unfortunately the audience seemed to have been vaccinated.

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Robbie Arnett of Milo Greene

A few things were removed from the stage by nearly a dozen men and then Bell Biv DeVoe‘s “Poison” came on. People in the crowd started to sing along and perk up, the lights dimmed and to the glee of the audience, Milo Greene took the stage.  There’s such a great groove and harmony about this band that makes the music and live performance a joy to experience.  The band started the set performing a few new songs, including new single “White Lies” (watch below). They told the audience early on that they have a new album coming out in January 2015 and would be playing a lot of new songs. The fans loved the new material, rightfully so, but of course “1957” (watch here) was an old favorite and crowd pleaser.

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Marlana Sheetz of Milo Greene

After six songs, Marlana Sheetz revealed that she “shouldn’t have eaten” a burrito before the performance and the group teased Luxley about the Coolifornia mistake, “Luxley had us laughing so hard in the dressing room. California? That’s where we’re from!” Robbie Arnett moved around a lot during the set, offering encouraging pushes to get Graham Fink and Andrew Heringer to dance too.

The band played a solid set of 10 songs, most of which were new. They even had CDs available for only $5 as a tour exclusive and Sheetz told fans, “Come say ‘hi’ to us and talk about how full I am.” Overall, the set was great and had everyone in high spirits for the headliner, Bombay Bicycle Club.

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Andrew Heringer of Milo Greene

Bombay Bicycle Club’s stage set up was more elaborate than the last time I saw the band play at Crescent Ballroom. The lights and fog machine added so much to the already stellar live performance. Liz Lawrence, an indie pop singer and guitarist from the UK, joined the band for the show and contributed a lot on the vocal front. I’ve seen Bombay Bicycle Club live only twice but feel confident saying it is one of my favorite live acts. Never a disappointment.

BBC

The bulky set list of the night allowed fans about an hour of time with BBC, as the band played new and old songs and even a cover of Robyn‘s “With Every Heartbeat.” It would be a challenge to attend a BBC show and not dance, bob your head or smile. The members bring their own energy to the performance and it’s always fun to watch.

Jack Steadman‘s role as the frontman is so appropriate. He’s got a charming way about him. In fact, all of the members do. Suren de Saram is an amazing drummer who remained hidden by the fog for most of the night, but his badassery could always be heard. Guitarist Jamie Maccoll has a way with the crowd and a bright musical spirit. Ed Nash shines on the bass and is who I like to turn to during song breakdowns and jam sessions because he gets so into the music. Not surprisingly, the audience came alive during BBC’s set, singing and clapping along to nearly every song.

Steadman even told concertgoers that Phoenix was one of their favorite places to play in the States, a powerful thing for a group that has been all over this country to say. I think the admiration between the band and its fans is shared.

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Jamie Maccoll of Bombay Bicycle Club

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Jack Steadman of Bombay Bicycle Club

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Ed Nash of Bombay Bicycle Club

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Liz Lawrence

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