Bastille have released a short video confirming that a second album is imminent.
In a video posted to the South London band’s Facebook page yesterday (11 February), Bastille have offered few details about the new album, the follow up to 2013’s acclaimed ‘Bad Blood’ album, which they have been reportedly working on for the last 12 months. You can watch the teaser video – which clocks in at just two minutes – below
“I’ve heard lots of bands talking about making their ‘difficult’ second album,” says the band’s Dan Smith in a voiceover, “but we never thought that far ahead. I guess, until recently, we haven’t had much time to think about.”
“We’ve been so lucky to be touring constantly over the past few years, and it’s been a lot of fun,” he continues. “But it’s meant that we’ve massively had to adapt the way that we make music. This new album has been written and recorded on tour buses, in backstage rooms and hotels all over the place. The process of writing and making the songs hasn’t changed much, it’s just that this time around, we’re doing way less of it in my bedroom.”
No more further details, release dates or tracklisting have been released,although the band shared new track ‘Hangin’ back in September 2015.
Having released their debut album ‘Bad Blood’ in 2013 and reaching Number One in the UK Albums Chart, the band’s frontman Dan Smith has now told Billboard: “We’ve just been very busy writing and recording a lot of new music… We’ve written a whole album, we’ve got 25 songs, give or take”.
“We’re kind of just finishing everything off and finessing what tunes are gonna make it cause it could literally be one of three or four very different records, so we’re just figuring out which one it is,” he added.
“When we started the album, this is more than a year ago, it was alternative R&B, a lot more electronic, then we went down a heavier rock route as well, then we almost came full circle back around to what we did the first record, more cinematic, then we did a load of horns,” Smith continued.
“So it could be a lot of different things. But we just want the songs to be good and memorable and we want the album to be fucking interesting and a good progression from the last record, something that we’re proud of.”
“We have the name of [the album] in our heads, we’ve got the concept, I think thematically, in the last few months, it really came together and that’s nice ’cause a lot of the songs are quite narrative. There’s a gangster-related song, so we’ve found the thing that brings it all together and that’s quite satisfying.”
The group’s breakthrough hit ‘Pompeii’, the group’s fourth single from their debut album, peaked at Number Two in the UK Singles Chart in 2013.