By Tanya Ross
Bastille’s debut album has been a long time in the making, but has definitely been worth the wait. The London-based band has effectively managed to combine meaningful lyrics with infectious melodies, resulting in the chart-topping album that is Bad Blood.
The band was formed in 2010 by lead singer Dan Smith, with other band members Chris Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. They were signed by Virgin Records in late 2011, and released their first single entitled ‘Flaws’. Their music has been described by some as pop, while others describe it as a form of indie rock. The one thing that can be said from this is that they have a unique sound, which comes as some much-needed relief from much of the auto-tuned, synthetic material filling most music charts these days. Following the release of a few more singles and EPs, the band finally released their debut album in March this year.
The tracks on the album were written by Smith, who was also the producer alongside Mark Crew. . While most of the songs are about losing love, and heartache, it is far from melancholic. The tracks are upbeat, and the lyrics are catchy, while the song’s true meanings can be seen when the lyrics are looked at a bit more closely.
Arguably the most popular track on the album, ‘Pompeii’ provides a strong example of this. The lyrics reference the tragedy of the volcanic eruption that engulfed the city of Pompeii, implying the similar end of the world, apocalyptic feeling of losing the person and the world that you have come to know and love. It is a wish to go back to simpler times.
All the tracks on the album follow a similar theme, and yet it does not feel repetitive. Each song seems genuine and personal in its message, which is possibly the greatest appeal of the band. The only negative that can be said for the album is that some of the lyrics do tend to get a bit repetitive. There are only so many time that someone can sing “We’ll be talking/We’ll be talking” (from ‘Overjoyed’) without it getting tiring.
The album is overall brilliant, and worth listening to if you are in anyway interested in indie music, and is definitely worth it if only to hear something unique and different. Bastille seems destined for success and is definitely a band to watch going into the future.
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