Bastille: Bad Blood
BRITISH band Bastille rose to fame after the release of their successful single Pompeii. The hit, which was released in Feburary, reached number one in the Irish singles chart and is still possibly one of the most listened-to singles ever since. The upbeat and catchy ‘Eh eh oh, eh oh’ is guaranteed to get most people hooked!
The London-raised, alternative rock band are a four-piece consisting of lead vocalist Dan Smith, Chris Wood (drums, backing vocals), Will Farquarson (bass, keyboard, acoustic guitar, backing vocals) and Kyle Simmons (keyboards, percussion, backing vocals). Their new album Bad Blood is anything but bad! It opens with their number one hit Pompeii and the repetitive percussion and catchy vocals make a great start to the album. The lyrics are powerful – quite mythical and at the same time, portray a modern day dilemma.
The track is followed by one of my personal favourites from the album, Things We Lost in the Fire and continues on with the catchy vocals and drums. Based on hearing the first two tracks, you can instantly tell the rest of the album will be just as catchy. Things We Lost in the Fire showcases Dan’s haunting vocals over a melancholy cello and piano opening, before launching into handclap-like drums.
On first listening of the album, I would recommend skipping to Flaws and Laura Palmer, two singles I gather to be popular with fans already and, of course, myself. Flaws is just as infectious as Pompeii with its fast, synth-rock tempo and memorable lyrics. The repetitiveness of the song provides an upbeat feel. Laura Palmer slows the beat down a tad with harmonies and haunting echoed melodies making an appearance throughout. The single remembers Laura’s final hours, a fictional character from American drama Twin Peaks. Speaking of slowing things down, tracks Overjoyed and Oblivion are ones well worth a listen for relaxation matters. Oblivion displays beautifully arranged strings, bass and piano and both tracks give the listener a break from the powerful, upbeat anthems, changing the mood to a more reflective one.
After listening to Bastille’s album once, I found myself replaying it over and over again. Each song forces itself into your mind, where they will stick for days. When the album ends, it leaves you craving more and because it left me with a serious craving for more, I simply had to search Bastille on YouTube which led me to come across songs which are not on the album. I would recommend searching for Bastille feat. Ella, No Angels. It is a cover of TLC’s hit No Scrubs and if I do say myself, I think it is beats TLC’s version hands-down, and is as addictive as the other songs on their album. Well worth a listen – you heard it here first!
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