Meeting the Bands: Bombay Performs at Northside

Did you see that hazy, dystopian sunset drip down into Brooklyn? In the last episode of “Meeting the Bands,” Amsterdam-based indie rock trio Bombay has arrived into town, and is ready to show their teeth at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Returning to the US with their long-awaited second LP, the band has entered a more introspective fase, adding an expanding sonic palette and emotional depth to their sound. 
They will perform on June 10 during Northside Festival


  • June 10, 9:00 PM – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY. 

For more information, click here. This is a free showcase.

About Bombay

The Amsterdam based indie rock trio Bombay is back with long-awaited sophomore LP “Show Your Teeth.” The album’s title couldn’t be a more fitting description of Bombay’s next musical chapter. After two years of restless experimenting with lo-fi equipment and nineties rock influences, the group experienced a sense of disharmony, and a musical transformation had to take place. As a result Linda van Leeuwen has passed the torch to Lisa Ann Jonker.

Bombay. Photo by Nick Helderman.

Multi-instrumentalist Mathias Janmaat remains the group’s driving creative force. Naturally, his writing became influenced by these circumstances: “Show Your Teeth” feels more introspective than acclaimed predecessor Vulture / Provider, adding an expanding sonic palette and emotional depth to their sound. 

Bittersweet opener “Dolly Doesn’t Want To Face The Facts” shimmers like some kind of hazy dystopian sunset, recalling fellow pop dissidents MGMT, Phoenix and Gorillaz. Centre-piece “Slow Motion” unleashes lust for life energy through its rave-like floor tom beats and jarring post-punk guitars. The ramshackle nineties grunge track Bored obtusely touches base with writer’s block and apathy. 

Even if there appears to be more of a weightiness to Bombay’s music, it never meddles with the band’s ability to come up with instantly appealing pop hooks. “Gold Rush” its suspenseful gloom and “Bleach” its uncanny space boogie still bring this undeniable immediacy. Bombay’s newfangled songwriting smarts reach their peak with double-dealing closer “Lighten The Low.” Languid, detached guitar lines and devil-may-care vocals become frenetically at odds with the simmering, majestic chorus. 

Bombay. Photo by Nick Helderman.

Following the release of their eclectic garage pop debut, their explosive live shows gained notoriety across the globe, captivating audiences in small clubs and larger venues alike. The band’s wanderlust has been rewarded with slots at Best Kept Secret (Netherlands), Dour (Belgium), Reeperbahn (Germany), La Vieilles Charrues (France), SXSW (USA), and The Great Escape (UK).

Rejuvenated and ready to show their teeth, Bombay have become a more dynamic stage spectacle than ever before.

About Northside Festival

At Northside there’s a stage available for artists and thought-leaders at all different points in their creative life-cycle. What started as a pipedream in 2009 by booking hundreds of emerging bands the initiators loved, has grown into an annual adventure of discovery that now includes innovators, creators, visual artists and filmmakers. Now in its eight year, Northside is a discovery festival founded by Northside Media Group, which takes place in pretty much every venue, concert space and screening room in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods of Brooklyn. This makes bopping/walking/running/biking around from event to event nice and easy, at least by New York standards. At the hub of the action is McCarren Park, the festival headquarters.

About Dutch Performing Arts

Dutch Performing Arts aims to intensify the contact between Dutch makers and international presenters. Additionally, Dutch Performing Arts seeks to increase the interest of international presenters for Dutch performing arts and to stimulate the international ambitions of Dutch institutions with international potential. To this end, Dutch Performing Arts organises showcases at key domestic and international events for relevant guests from abroad. Dutch Performing Arts moreover travels abroad to represent the Netherlands there and/or to do research.