Bastille insist nudity in new music video isn’t ‘gratuitous’

Dan Smith says the band's 'Good Grief' video is 'all about surrealism'

Bastille have insisted that the nudity in their new music video isn’t “gratuitous”.

The band’s video for ‘Good Grief’, which premiered on June 22, features a few glimpses of female nudity that some fans have objected to in comments on YouTube.

“The video is all about surrealism. It’s an extended dream sequence. It’s been really interesting reading comments from my perspective,” frontman Dan Smith told Digital Spy. “Some people are bringing up the nudity and other people are immediately jumping to its defence saying it’s not sexualised and it doesn’t feel exploitative.”

Explaining the creative reasoning behind the nudity, Smith added: “The music video takes scenes and tropes and flips them on their head. One of which is a girl and I think it’s interesting to see the reaction it provokes. In some countries and some societies, female nudity isn’t remotely controversial.”

His bandmate Will Farquarson said of the nudity: “It wasn’t gratuitous. I think it’s well in keeping with the tone of the video.”

‘Good Grief’ is the first single from the band’s forthcoming second album ‘Wild World’, which is due on September 9. The band have announced a huge UK arena tour in support of this album, which will take place in October and November.

Tickets for the tour go on pre-sale on Wednesday (July 6) and on general sale on Friday (July 8). Before then, Bastille play at T In The Park, V, Festival No 6 and Bestival festivals.

Bastille will play:

Bournemouth BIC (October 28)
Plymouth Pavilions (29)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (31)
London O2 (November 1)
Leeds First Direct Arena (4)
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena (5)
Manchester Arena (6)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (8)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (12)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (13)