Bastille, a UK, Indie pop band, was featured on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series this morning. Their appearance coincided with the release of their third studio album, “Doom Days”, and preceded by the successful advanced release, over the past year, of the album singles: “Doom Days”; “Joy”, “Those Nights” and “Quarter Past Midnight”. The “Doom Days”, album is intriguing in that it is a forty minute musical journey of a “life in the fast lane”, all night long party wherein each song depicts a particular time of the night during the party and the range of emotions (desire, holding on, conflicts and letting go) associated with those relationships, or lack thereof, at that particular time.
Appreciative that their fans packed the GMA set, in the pouring rain, they generously performed five songs, including “Pompeii” from their 2013 Bad Blood album (their first) that went straight to no. 1 and double platinum, in the UK , reaching no. 11 in the US. They also performed four songs from the “Doom Days” album: “Quarter Past Midnight”, the first song on the album where the listener is introduced to the protagonist at the evening party and is set up for the evening of the lyrical twists and turns of subsequent songs: “Bad Decisions” and “Millions”. “4AM” brings the audience to the end of the night of partying where the protagonist experiences “Joy” or at least a satisfactory emotional resolution when he wakes up in the morning.
Bastille, named after the July 14th birthday of its founder, Dan Smith, will be on tour throughout the summer in the UK and Europe promoting the “Doom Days” album. Band Members: Daniel Smith, founder, lead vocals, songwriter, producer; Chris “Woody” Wood, drummer; Will Farquarson, bass, keyboards, acoustic guitar, vocals; Kyle Simmons, keyboards, bass and percussion, vocals
Photos and Review by Maria Passannante-Derr