Bastille have unveiled their euphoric new single ‘Quarter Past Midnight’ – the first track from their upcoming new record. Check it out below.
The band released second album ‘Wild World’ in 2016, the follow-up to 2013 debut ‘Bad Blood’. Last October, they confirmed they had finished work on their third record.
The group had been teasing the release on Twitter over recent weeks, sharing a photo every minute between midnight and a quarter past midnight on May 2, each showing an image of a digital clock. The band also changed their Facebook profile picture to a clock displaying the time 00.15.
Now, the song has debuted on BBC Radio 1 as the band’s Dan Smith sits in for Annie Mac alongside Nick Grimshaw.
“It’s the first single from our new album and it’s kind of like an opening scene-setter,” frontman Smith told NME. “It’s about escapism, when you want the night to keep going and try to lose yourself in it for whatever reason. We wanted to capture that feeling and have it sound a bit raucous and messy and euphoric.”
“We wanted to try something a bit different and new,” said Dan of the track. “We had a really good time making this record and wanted it to very much be one concise thing with a very distinct sound.”
Fans recently spotted a listing on Universal Music Italy suggesting that the new song would be released today.
The band’s frontman Dan Smith spoke to NME last year about the band’s third album, saying: “We never really stop writing and recording, but I can confirm we spent a lot of this year writing our third album.”
Speaking about the style and subject of the new album, Smith said: “We wanted to do something that feels a bit different, wanted to take it a step on from our last record and acknowledge that since we released that album the world seems an even more bizarre and tempestuous place.” However, he said the album wouldn’t “necessarily dwell on that,” and would serve as an “apocalyptic party record” instead.