Every so often, I stumble across something which takes my breath away, captures my attention and lures me into a new sense of thought. This is what happened when I turned on the radio and heard the sound stopping words: ‘Oh I feel overjoyed, when you listen to my words’. These are the lyrics of electro pop band Bastille. The London based band consists of four members and is fronted by singer-song writer and producer Dan Smith, whose distinctive voice alone is enough to leave you craving more.Their sound incorporates a mix of genres between electro pop and experimental, accompanied by soul inspired lyrics. Although their music is upbeat and electric – surrounded by piano chords, seductive strings and rhythmic drum beats – their harmonious lyrics are intelligent, insightful and narrate a story of life and love. Their tunes are certainly catchy but they are not disposable; there is a much deeper meaning buried within them.
The band begun by Dan writing songs and creating his own music videos in his bedroom and up until now they have promoted their music through Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. Their first EP, Laura Palmer, gives an insight into this unique sound. However, more recently they have received radio coverage with Overjoyed and their new record Bad Blood. Not stopping there, Bastille produced a mix tape called Other People’s Heartache with creative covers of songs such as Lana Del Rey’s Blue Jeans, City High’s What Would You Do and even David Guetta’s Titanium.
With a new tour announced this year and most impressively, gaining a slot on the Festival Republic Stage at Reading, I think this could be their year. Stamping their mark onto the music scene, Bastille are challenging and bringing something new and fresh to the traditional pop sound.
If you haven’t already, I recommend you check them out. Their new video for Bad Blood is available now. Do it. You will not regret it.