Later this year British group Bastille will release their long-awaited second album ‘Wild World’. It’s been three and a half years since their last album and in that gap, the boys have mastered a whopping deluxe version of their debut ‘Bad Blood’, released a ‘mind-melting’ mixtape and toured the world extensively. Recent months has seen them working on a slate of brand new material and in September we’ll finally get to hear it. So, if you can’t wait for album number two from Dan, Woody, Kyle and Will, here’s everything you need to know about what the new album sounds like, when it’s coming out and how you can see the band play it live.
When is the new album going to be released?
Bastille’s new album ‘Wild World’ will be released on September 9 via Virgin EMI.
What can we expect from the new Bastille album?
We’ve already heard the ridiculously catchy lead single ‘Good Grief’ and here’s what lead singer and songwriter Dan had this to say about the song: “I wanted to write about how bizarre grief and loss are – the layers of depression, shock and euphoria, how mad that process can be. I hope it will make people feel good.”
What we are likely to find is that lyrically, Bastille will start tackling issues in the here and now. Dan told NME that ‘The Currents’, a new song they’ve been performing live this year, has been inspired by the madness and rise of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage. “It’s about hearing people using the platform they have to say something you find abhorrent, and just wanting to escape,” he says. “The song uses the imagery of wanting to come up for air to get away from it.”
But what will it all sound like? In an interview with DIY, Dan let slip that they’ve done a fair bit of experimenting with this album’s sound. “We were exploring much darker R&B, much heavier guitar stuff and soon we did this roundabout route back to what we initially loved about Bastille.” He then went on to add “if we wanted the swagger of an old hip hop tune, we didn’t want to shy away from it, we wanted to go for it. If we wanted to use slightly obscure, ridiculous quotes from 70s sci-fi films, and a massive horn riff, then a big old beat, we would.”
In the band’s interview with NME, Dan discussed the band’s knack of remixing and updating older pop songs with their own twist. “The mixtapes are for, like, meshing together music and films we love, just these sort of mind melts,” Could Wild World include a few ‘mind melts’?
Have we heard any songs from it yet?
Tracklist details haven’t been fully released yet, but according to iTunes – the album will be 14 tracks long and will clock in at just under 50 minutes, with a running time of 49:18. Also according to iTunes, the album will open with new single ‘Good Grief’ and includes the tracks ‘Send Them Off!’ and ‘Fake It’. Listen to new track ‘Fake It’ below.
The only official new tracks we’ve heard are ‘Good Grief’ and ‘Fake It’, but there are some live versions floating around of a selection of new tracks below.
Here’s ‘Send Them Off!’ one track we definitely know is on the album.
‘The Currents’ was teased by Dan as one of their “weird new songs” when they premiered it at Snowbombing Festival in April.
And this is ‘Snakes’, as performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend – no official confirmation on its place on the album but it’s fair to assume that it will feature.
Late last year the band released stand-alone single ‘Hangin’ but there has been no indication that the track will appear on the final tracklist.
So from what we’ve heard, it’s going to be a mix of eclectic pop, funk and indie-rock. Good luck trying to pigeon-hole ‘Wild World’ then.
Have we seen the artwork?
Yes, the band uploaded the artwork to their Instagram last month and follows the same cinematic theme as their debut album.
Are Bastille touring this year?
Hell yes. In fact, they’re set to head out on their biggest ever tour. If you’re in the UK, you’ll get a chance to see them on their arena tour this winter, check out the dates below:
Bournemouth, BIC (October 28)
Plymouth, Pavilions (October 29)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (October 31)
London, The O2 (November 1)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (November 4)
Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena (November 5)
Manchester, Arena (November 6)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (November 8)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (November 12)
Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (November 13)