“Bastille seem to have mastered the craft of perfect pop music.” -Artrocker
Bastille return with ‘Good Grief’, the opening track and first single to be taken from their stunning new album, ‘Wild World’.
Good Grief is a bouncy, infectious, summer stomper. With a hypnotic bassline, skittish synths and soaring vocals, the track builds to a huge, rousing chorus. It’s unmistakably a Bastille song, euphoric yet melancholic and fans who immersed themselves in the band’s early, dialogue-strewn mixtapes will enjoy its sampling of Kelly Le Brock from 80s cult classic, ‘Weird Science’. Written by Dan Smith and co-produced by Mark Crew, the track perfectly showcases Smith’s undeniable song-writing prowess and flair for a hook.
It’s just five years since South Londoner, Dan Smith (vocals/ songwriter/ started Bastille alone in his bedroom, releasing 300 copies of debut single,Flaws/Icarus. Joined by Chris Wood (drums), Will Farquarson (guitar) and Kyle Simmons (keyboards) the band line-up was complete. Relentless gigging, genuine word of mouth and some smartly curated mixtapes (featuring collaborations with the likes Haim, Kate Tempest and Angel Haze) meant that within three years Bastille had become a global phenomenon; the band’s chart-conquering debut album ‘Bad Blood’ selling over four million albums alongside eleven million singles. In the UK, the twice Number One album was certified double-platinum and named the biggest-selling digital album of 2013. Hit singles ‘Pompeii (one of the biggest alternative anthems of the last few years), ‘Flaws’, ‘Laura Palmer’ and ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ helped Bastille become the year’s biggest-selling global breakthrough act; with over a billion Spotify streams earning the band British Breakthrough at the following year’s Brits, alongside two Grammy nominations.
Their hugely anticipated new album, ‘Wild World’ retains the vivid, rich, filmic songwriting of its predecessor but pushes the band’s unique sound in exciting new directions. Lyrically, too, it’s a leap forward. “If our first album was about growing up and the anxieties surrounding it” Dan explains, “Our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it’s presented to you through the media. It’s also about asking questions of the world and of the people in it.”