So you probably know by now that I like recommending music, and today is no exception. If you haven’t already been introduced to Bastille via the radio, please do your eardrums a favour and check them out now.
As I mentioned, you may have heard Bastille on the radio – a few years ago, their first single, “Pompeii”, was playing everywhere. I don’t really listen to the radio, but I didn’t mind hearing it any time I happened to be tuned in: it’s hella catchy, and it’s only too easy to choreograph an interpretative dance to it (not that I’ve done that or anything...)
Since then, the band has released a second full-length album, Wild World (not to mention a deluxe edition of their debut, All This Bad Blood), and gone on multiple tours. I caught them at their first Canadian show in 2013, and saw them for the fourth time a couple of weeks ago. I always love seeing Bastille live because they put on such a fantastic show: not only are they full of energy and enthusiasm, but, more recently, their stage setup has been a visual treat.
Probably my favourite part of a Bastille show is the way the lead singer, Dan Smith, often finds his way into the crowd, usually during a rendition of “Flaws”, weaving through the people on the floor and even venturing up through the seats (depending on the venue). The last two times we saw them live, Dan sauntered right past us, and if you don't think I flailed around fangirling, you probably don't know me very well. As my cousin mentioned, watching bands interact with the crowd creates a positive connection with the audience, bridging the gap between artists and fans for a few minutes a night and leaving a lasting impression.
I guess the best way to describe Bastille’s sound is electropop – they have that indie pop vibe but their use of synths, etc lead them more into the electronic end of the spectrum. All I know is that every so often, there’s a bass drop that delivers a shock to my soul in the best way possible. It’s also wild because a lot of their songs are quite sad in terms of lyrics, but they’re presented in such boppy, poetic ways that you don’t really realize how depressing they are (I also like that Dan’s accent comes out even when he’s singing). In addition to their own songs, they’re also pros when it comes to giving other people’s songs the Bastille treatment – one listen to their Miley Cyrus cover, and you’ll never listen to “We Can’t Stop” the same way.