TRACK REVIEW: Bastille – Pompeii

Bastille have really come into their own in the last year and 2013 looks to be no different for the London-based electro-pop outfit. With the announcement that they’ll be supporting Two Door Cinema Club across their January/February tour dates this year, mastermind Dan Smith isn’t taking time to pat himself on the back just yet.


Bastille’s next single ‘Pompeii’ was debuted on Radio 1 last week with an official release date set for February the 24th. ‘Pompeii’ has the massive hooks we’ve come to associate with the band across their previous singles (‘Flaws’, ‘Bad Blood’) and the instantly infectious melodies that have propelled Bastille to where they are today. I always compliment Dan Smith’s simplistic, yet enigmatic lyrics and this occasion is no different; it’s all too rare to witness the balance of simple lyrics with abstract meaning. The tribal chants throughout the track give ‘Pompeii’ and undoubtedly epic and uplifting feel.

When we saw Bastille perform this track at The Great Escape Festival in May last year, Dan Smith mentioned how ‘Pompeii’ sounded like something from The Lion King and well, we’re not particularly inclined to disagree with him. However, you’ll have to listen to this track yourself to truly understand that somehow, this is a truly amazing quality! Bastille’s debut album ‘Bad Blood’ is released on March the 4th and we’re already buzzing for its release.

Previously with Bastille…

When we spoke to Dan Smith in May at The Great Escape Festival 2012, we asked him how the recording process works for Bastille.

“It’s mainly just me, I’m a bit of a control freak and I’ve always written by myself, I don’t like writing with other people. The reason I record as I do is because I like the freedom it affords; I think as a band everyone feels that they have to be on every track. Even if it’s a bit weird and I’m being a bit controlling, there’s something nice about having the freedom of just being at a computer and being able to bring in real sounds, and basically being able to do literally whatever you want.”

Check out the full interview here or watch the video above!

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