Hi :) I'm Katie...
South London wanderer and general adventurer. Follow me @Weekend_Notes
So, it's kind of been Bastille's year. London born and bred, the quartet released one of 2013's biggest selling albums 'Bad Blood', which is soon being re-released with extra added treats and bonus tracks. No surprise then that in concert, Bastille are in high demand, on the 15th October Brixton O2 Academy saw the first of four major upcoming London (and surrounding areas) gigs.
Lead singer and Songwriter Dan Smith (@BastilleDan) gave an energetic and 'athletic' performance, jumping into the crowd, onto a speaker here and off a drum set there so on and so on. Despite being described as electric pop, which might lead some to think themselves too 'cool' to enjoy, Bastille ARE good with clever lyrics, catchy riffs and the occasional digital bass rendering some of their tracks anthemic!
You can enjoy some of their new material too, 'Blame' had a novelty bluesy guitar riff, so it is not surprising where the 'Coldplay' comparisons have come from.
Favourite tracks: 'Pompeii' - Positively anthemic, and their nod to nineties dance megamix of 'Of the Night' certainly got the crowd dancing and singing along.
Not so favourite tracks: 'Laura Palmer' - Still good, but slightly weaker from the London lads.
Sadly the pre teen crowd (my fault for attending on a school night!) was certainly lacking in atmosphere, however once the drum intro into 'Icarus' started up all was forgiven. I was genuinely surprised at how good and authentic they sounded live (almost the same as recorded, obviously no auto-tune here!), it was definitely one of the more enjoyable gigs I've been to this year, a memorable night and would certainly recommend