14 February 2013
NEW MUSIC: BASTILLE - "POMPEII"
We are aware that Bastille aren't exactly new. The London band have spent the last two years touring, playing festivals, attending gigs and all that goes in between; few bands have managed to ensnare so many new fans along the way but Bastille buck such trends. So, for those who are clueless to this promising collective, let us briefly fill you in. Bastille formed in 2010 as a solo project by Dan Smith. Eventually along came members Chris Wood, Kyle Simmons and Will Farquarson. They called themselves Bastille as lead member Dan was born on Bastille Day. Their album "Bad Blood" is out in March and they have just been announced for Brighton's Great Escape Festival. Their brand of sequinned indie-pop is ridiculously infectious and rather nicely fills the gap where Friendly Fires and Delphic once were. "Pompeii" is a fusion of repetitive mantra bleats and rich tribal chants covered by a drizzling of synthesised wonderment. The track's opening is spearheaded by indecisive honking digitalism and uneven drum beats all whilst Smith's nasalised yet perfectly crisp vocals percolate down through the heavier instrumentals. The choruses explode into your ear canal; rousing music thunderstorms of synth-clad indie and boisterous pop paint a perfect picture. Indeed, with tracks like "Pompeii" it is no surprise that Bastille are becoming ever more popular.
Watch the music video for "Pompeii" below then let us know what you think and leave a comment.