Yesterday, Bastille premiered their new track ‘Send Them Off’, taken off their upcoming second album ‘Wild World’, which is due out next Friday (September 9). And today, they popped into BBC Radio 2 to see Sara Cox, who’s sitting in for Chris Evans this week on his breakfast show. There they discussed playing Festival No. 6, their predilection for collecting fridge magnets – and they also performed a clutch of tunes live on air.
After starting off with their breakthrough single ‘Pompeii’, the band then played one of their recent singles, ‘Good Grief’, which frontman Dan Smith described as sounding “really uplifting, and then you listen to the lyrics and it’s the most depressing thing in the world”. They also discuss a recent secret gig in the interview: in a reference to the title of their second album ‘Wild World’, they put on the 200-capacity show under the moniker Chaos Planet, and only die-hard fans ended up going. “We became a kind of psych band in tie-dye T-shirts for the night,” Smith said. “It meant that proper fans had to work to get there and it was awesome.”
They finish off the session with a cover of Adamski & Seal’s acid house breakthrough 1990 hit ‘Killer’ – an unexpectedly brilliant final flourish. Take a listen here, from around 2h20m – and take a listen to the band’s new single ‘Send Them Off’ below: