Bastille say ‘cinematic’ new album features horns and songs about gangsters

Band say they've written 25 songs for their second album

Bastille have discussed their next album in a new interview, describing it as “cinematic” and “different” to their previous work.

The British band recently unveiled new track ‘Hangin’, while playing other songs during their surprise set at Glastonbury Festival in the summer.

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.

No official due date has yet been set for the band’s second album.