|photo by matt vogel|
oh i feel overjoyed
when you listen to my words
i see them sinking in
oh i see them crawling underneath your skin...
anyways, back to bastille.
remarkable and rich vocals by frontman dan smith got my attention immediately - there's an arresting versatility in his jumps from airy to gritty, with poetic, sharp and memorable lyrics. melodies transition from lilting, synth-ey and fun to driving percussion to minimalistic cadence to orchestral, sometimes all in one song.
they're hella sing-along-able, with epic harmonies that are flawlessly displayed in the numerous live & acoustic recordings floating about the internet (including one below). with no exaggeration, i have listened to bastille for hours on end every day this week, and now that i've bought their all this bad blood album on itunes, i have no doubt that it will be on regular rotation.
enough from me - let me introduce you!
at present, this is my favourite song from the album. dig it.
probably the most well-known single (at least here in canada), pompeii has been in the top 100 for the past year. the past YEAR. awesome. check out this beautiful acoustic live recording:
oh man! i nearly forgot to mention. bastille does some amazeballs covers - and you KNOW i love a good cover. there's something endearing about a band who isn't ashamed to put their twist on died in your arms tonight. they didn't stop at the 80s, though. check out their version of a 90s chart-topper below. (and for extra-curricular enjoyment, see their mashup of miley cyrus, eminem & achey breaky heart. yes they did.)
have i sold you on this band yet? leave a comment - let me know what you think.