Lots of ex­cit­ing Bastille news!

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NEW AL­BUM

“We never re­ally stop writ­ing and record­ing, but I can con­firm we spent a lot of this year writ­ing our third al­bum. We wanted to do some­thing that feels a bit dif­fer­ent, wanted to take it a step on from our last record and ac­knowl­edge that since we re­leased that al­bum the world seems an even more bizarre and tem­pes­tu­ous place, but to not nec­es­sar­ily dwell on that, and to make an apoc­a­lyp­tic party record in­stead. It’s been fun play­ing with new sounds. We’ve put to­gether a record of mid­dle-of-the-night torch songs with el­e­ments of slightly nos­tal­gic rave beats from the Fat­boy Slim, Prodigy era. It sounds ridicu­lous but we want to make some­thing that feels concise and short and for the night-time.”

NEW OUT­LOOK

“The new al­bum ac­knowl­edges that we live in very strange times that are hard to ig­nore, but if the last record was us tak­ing the blue pill in The Ma­trix, talk­ing about the world, ques­tion­ing it, be­ing con­fused by it, this one is us tak­ing the red pill. We’ve spent the last year singing songs about how ab­hor­rent we find Don­ald Trump and Theresa May and peo­ple who preach hate and big­otry, with a stage pro­duc­tion that in­volves footage of a shad­owy politi­cian fig­ure. I’m proud of the pro­duc­tion we toured but I’ve had these mo­ments too… we played a fes­ti­val called Rock am Ring this sum­mer that was shut down be­cause of a ter­ror­ist threat. It dawned on me that peo­ple look to mu­sic and art for es­capism too, and I wanted to make sure we find the right bal­ance.”

NEW cov­ers

“We’ve been work­ing on a cover of Green Day’s ‘Bas­ket Case’ for a TV show called The Tick. As a Green Day fan I was hes­i­tant to touch that song be­cause it’s such a clas­sic and it’s one I love loads. Rather than try and do some­thing sim­i­lar, we did it just with strings, brass and or­ches­tral pro­duc­tion.”

NEW MIX­TAPE

“We have a mix­tape com­ing at the end of the year – ‘Other Peo­ple’s Heartache Vol­ume 4’. Hav­ing spent years on our first record and three years on our sec­ond record, I like the idea of putting this mix­tape out within months of hav­ing made it and then fol­low­ing it up with our third al­bum. It’s a bunch of very weird cov­ers, a bunch of new tunes and some sur­pris­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions. I can’t tell you what’s on it yet, but it will be out this year, with the al­bum to fol­low early next year.”

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