Lots of exciting Bastille news!
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”