For someone yet to release his first album, Dan Smith, the creative force behind Bastille, has already had a good taste of fame: with the band he’s sold out London’s 1,500 capacity KOKO, sold out two UK tours and headline festivals. More sold out UK tour kicks off next month and now Smith is ready to reveal his debut album, ‘Bad Blood’, out on March 4 through Virgin Records.
The album plays to Smith’s long term love of film. The aim of ‘Bad Blood’ he says, was to: “Approach each song differently. I wanted each to be its own story with its own atmosphere which brings in different sounds and elements of production, incorporating aspects of the different genres and styles that I love; Hip hop, indie, pop and folk. Film soundtracks can be broad and varied but tied together by the film itself – and I hope the album will be something like that, but held together by my voice and my songwriting, each song a scene or part of a bigger picture.”
Bastille release their new single ‘Pompeii’ on February 25. Ahead of that, Smith and the rest of the band – bassist Will Farquarson, keyboard player Kyle Simmons and drummer Chris ‘Woody’ Wood – will be headlining Two Door Cinema Club on their upcoming tour starting January 24 in Newcastle before kicking off their own headline dates in Liverpool on February 28 and then around the UK throughout March.
Until then here’s a reminder of their earlier single ‘Overjoyed’: