Review of Flaws by Bastille
Bastille have announced details of their new single ‘Flaws’, out 22nd October via Virgin Records. Listening to this song it oozes confidence and maturity and is their most commercial single yet.
If you haven’t heard of Bastille then take a minute to listen to this track as its likely you will hear a lot more from the band cited by Gigwise as being “Perhaps the most exciting prospect in indie for a long time” .
This single is really catchy and has already become a Youtube hit, spawning numerous covers. Bastille began as an alternative identity for Dan Smith and as a vehicle for his numerous ideas. Dan went on to further the Bastille project as a four piece live band and sold out London’s Barfly, 93 Feet East and Underbelly at the end of 2011. Why Bastille? You could say Dan chose it because it connotes revolution and change, but really it’s just because his birthday falls on Bastille Day and he wanted something neutral yet evocative enough to describe his rhythmically and melodically inventive pop music. And, as he says, “It’s anonymous and it allows me the freedom to do whatever I want.” Oh, and because he didn’t want to trade as Dan Smith: troubadour. Since forming the band went on to perform last year at Glastonbury and have already attracted a large online following – mainly due to the great mix of music and ‘homemade’ yet highly creative videos. Their track ‘Bad Blood’ Bad had 100,000 YouTube views in its first week. Dan has been quoted as describing that the record label would probably describe their sound as “Coldplay meets Friendly Fires: music that’s quite broad, but with edge”.
Oh, and if you want another treat – check out their cover version of ‘Of the night’ on Youtube.
They will also be heading out on a headline tour to support the single, visiting 6 towns across the UK.
13-Oct-12 Manchester Night and Day SOLD OUT
14-Oct-12 Glasgow ABC
16-Oct-12 Newcastle The Other Rooms
17-Oct-12 Birmingham HMV Institute SOLD OUT
18-Oct-12 Brighton Komedia
Review by Doug Duffin
19-Oct-12 London Koko SOLD OUT