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Bombay Bicycle Club reflection 2023

Bombay Bicycle Club release new single "I Want To Be Your Only Pet" and announce surprise Reading Festival show

24 August 2023, 16:00 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Bombay Bicycle Club share the latest new track from their forthcoming album, My Big Day.

“I was just playing around with guitar sounds at soundcheck, and started playing this riff. Jamie must have heard something in it because he got out his phone and started recording. For the next few months he would constantly text me to ask ‘have you written a song around that riff yet?’ So finally I did to stop him harassing me," says Jack Steadman. “To me it sounds like if Abbey Road era Beatles had a love child with Rated R era Queens of the Stone Age.”

The brand new single follows on from "Diving", which features Holly Humberstone, as well as the album's title track.

Alongside the single, Bombay Bicycle Club have announced a surprise performance at Reading Festival 2023, which marks their first time since 2014. In a statement on their X (Twitter) account, they wrote: "Back at @OfficialRandL for the first time in 9 years. The first time we opened the festival in 2007 the gates hadn’t opened when we went on, so hopefully we’ll see more of you there this time".

Damon Albarn, Jay Som, and Nilüfer Yanya all lend their voices across the course of the record, with a fifth special guest releasing a song with the band later this summer.

Steadman sits on both sides of the glass for the duration of the record, having previously produced their fourth album So Long, See You Tomorrow, and co-production with John Congleton for 2020’s Everything Else Has Gone Wrong. Additional production comes from Paul Epworth on the track "Heaven" and Ben Allen who co-produces "Turn The World On" – the band previously worked with Allen on their hit single "Shuffle" back in 2011.

"I Want To Be Your Only Pet" featuring Holly Humberstone is out now. My Big Day is released on 20 October

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