Bastille: ‘Chart success feels like a joke’

Band say they're 'blown away' with the number of people who've bought their debut LP 'Bed Blood'

Bastille frontman Dan Smith has said that the group’s current success feel “like a joke” and that riding high in the album chart is “surreal”.

Smith spoke to Digital Spy following the news that their debut album ‘Bad Blood’ is on course to be Number One this weekend according to Official Chart Company sales figures. Talking about the album topping the midweek charts, Smith said: “I’m sure it won’t stick around there for too long, but it’s nice to be there for a day or two. It’s pretty weird.”

He added: “It feels like a bit of a joke to be honest. Stereophonics are like a proper band, and last week we had the weird single chart battle with artists like One Direction. It’s been quite a surreal couple of weeks. We’re quite new to this stuff. We’re so involved in touring and gigging that it’s quite hard to have a perception of how many people actually like our music. It’s just been a really nice surprise I guess. The amount of people who have bought it within the first few days – we’re just completely blown away.”

The album, which features the hit single ‘Pompeii’, is narrowly ahead of its nearest rival, the latest Stereophonics album ‘Graffiti On The Train’, in the midweek chart. According to Official Chart Company data, Bastille are currently 6,500 sales ahead of Stereophonics, with three days until the official announcement is made.

Speaking to NME about the production of the album earlier this year, Smith said: “We basically made the album in a studio the size of a cupboard, so it was one extreme to the other. Producing the record, I wanted to offset epic sounding instrumentation with lyrics that combine intimate stories or conversation. The contrast was something that appealed to me.”

Bastille’s single ‘Pompeii’ narrowly missed out on the top spot in the UK Singles Chart to Justin Timberlake’s ‘Mirrors’ last week (March 3).