The Bicycles

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The Bicycles
The Bicycles in Halifax, Oct 2012.jpg
The Bicycles performing in Halifax at Halifax Pop Explosion, October 19, 2012.
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie pop, twee pop
Years active 2001-2009, 2012-present
Labels Fuzzy Logic
Associated acts The Meligrove Band, Henri Fabergé and the Adorables, Doctor Ew
Website www.thebicycles.ca
Members Matt Beckett
Andrew Scott
Drew Smith
Dana Snell
Past members Randy Lee

The Bicycles are a Canadian indie pop quartet from Toronto composed of Matt Beckett, Drew Smith, Dana Snell, and Andrew Scott (formerly of The Meligrove Band).[1]

History[edit]

Beckett and Smith recorded the acoustic EP As Is in 2000 before recruiting Scott, Snell, and Randy Lee to grow the band to a five-piece. Six years later they released The Good The Bad and The Cuddly in 2006 with Fuzzy Logic Recordings. Recorded with Dan Bryk, Robert Sledge and José Miguel Contreras, the album features complex, lush arrangements with a lo-fi sound.[2] The band supported the album with a tour of Canada and The United States, including a supporting slot with The Boy Least Likely To in 2006. In 2007, they released an interactive board game based upon the album.

2008 saw Lee leave to play violin with The Hylozoists.[3] The now four-piece rejoined Contreras to record and release their second album, Oh No, It's Love. Featuring songwriting and lead vocals by all four members, the album spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Canadian campus radio chart.[4]

Spin magazine noted the band in their February 2008 issue in their City Guide to Toronto, claiming "If Wes Anderson ever cottoned on to (The Bicycles) swooning chamber pop, which draws from the Kinks and the Beach Boys, he'd soak his scarf with tears of joy."[5]

In March 2009, the band announced an indefinite hiatus.[6] After playing a few unannounced shows in early 2012, the band reformed with the full original line-up and played a selection of new material to critical acclaim.[7] The band released their latest album, Stop Thinking So Much in April 2013.[8]

Discography[edit]

Videography[edit]

  • 2007: The Good The Bad and The Cuddly: The Interactive DVD Board Game

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mason, Stewart. "The Bicycles - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  2. ^ Mary Dickie (2006-08-17). "CANOE - JAM! Music: Bicycles produce catchy melodies". Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  3. ^ White, Jen (2008-10-16). "Bicycles Pedal Across Canada". CHARTattack. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  4. ^ Burland, Chris (2009-01-28). "Bicycles At No. 1 For Sixth Week". CHARTattack. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  5. ^ "The document you are looking for cannot be found". Spin-cdnsrc.texterity.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  6. ^ Thiessen, Brock (12 March 2012). "The Bicycles Go On Hiatus, Possibly Split". Exclaim Magazine. 
  7. ^ Greene, Sarah (19 January 2013). "The Bicycles are back". NOW Magazine. 
  8. ^ Sendra, Tim (2013-04-02). "Stop Thinking So Much - The Bicycles : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 

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