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There’s a party at the end of the world, and Bastille want you there

“Our music is always a weird mixture of euphoria and despair – it’s always about trying to straddle that line.”

There’s no rest for the wicked, and that definitely seems to be the tale of the last five years for Bastille. Since the release of their single ‘Pompeii’ launched them onto the world stage back in 2013, it’s been a flurry of activity and non-stop touring cycles.

The band’s second album Wild World has seen the British four-piece through the last three years. Telling a far different tale than their debut, Wild World saw vocalist Dan Smith turn his attention to the state of the world around him, to the chaos and unravelling of society, and using music as a way to process it all.

Now Smith’s attention is on the band’s new chapter – album number three. “Wild World is big and sprawling. We made it on the road, all over the place as we were touring and it was quite a big jumble of ideas. It was us reacting to changes in the world and things that were happening to us – how you see things via the news and trying to get our heads around it. There’s an element of freaking out about the world, but from our perspective just as people reacting to stuff,” Smith says.

“This new record is very much a continuation from that. It’s acknowledging that in the last few years things have continued to get weirder, but it’s probably more personal and inward looking. We wanted to make something quite self-contained. 

While details of album number three are still largely under wraps, the first taste of the record, euphoric late-night anthem ‘Quarter Past Midnight’ is quite a change of pace for the band. “With ‘Quarter Past Midnight’ I wanted to try and capture that rush, that moment of wanting to power on into the night and have fun, and park all of the anxiety and worries about the things that bother you every day, and the things that you read in the news, and just have fun with your friends. Because as much as it’s not a solution to everything, escapism is really important,” Smith says.

“[Album number three] is set over the course of a night, starting at quarter past midnight and continuing on from there. This is the first track on the album, it’s the rally cry of ‘Let’s not let the night end and keep going.’ That’s representative of how I am sometimes.

“[The record] is about choosing to look inwards and the importance of escapism and having fun, but also all the highs and lows that can happen throughout the course of an evening and how that can be representative of what was going on in my life and our lives. Our music is always a weird mixture of euphoria and despair – it’s always about trying to straddle that line,” Smith says.

This new record also gave the band the chance for a well-earned pause, to take some time off the road and really focus on creating music. “We had such a good time making this record. We stopped for the first time ever and made it over the course of five months in London,” Smith says. “We feel very lucky to get to travel all the time, but it was really fun to get to be in one place for a while.

“It was really great being in London and going to the studio every day but at the same time live our normal lives, hang out with our friends and family in the evening, have weekends, all the things that sound kind of ridiculous saying them out loud. As amazing as the last six years have been, it was quite a contrast and we loved it.”

So, what is it that we can expect to hear on album number three? “We’re calling it an apocalyptic party record because we made a night out album set during a hypothetical apocalypse. It’s the usual happy-go-lucky,” Smith jokes. “It’s got a real night-time feel to it and a slightly ‘90s aesthetic. There are euphoric elements but they’re rougher around the edges for me than any other dance music that I know.”

Well, if the world’s going to end, we might as well throw a party to celebrate.

Bastille will perform at The Forum on Saturday September 1.