‘Good Grief’ is Bastille’s first release since their phenomenally successful first record – ‘Bad Blood.’ It is also the first taste the band have given their fans of their eagerly anticipated upcoming record – ‘Wild World.’ The pop band from London fronted by Dan Smith enjoyed enormous success in 2013/14 with ‘Bad Blood’ being certified as double platinum in the UK.
The new track starts with a catchy bass line and immediately creates a sense of anticipation along with the comforting reassurance that this will almost certainly be another roaring, anthemic pop track; the kind that Bastille seem to be able to churn out time and time again. As it moves into the verse, we are met with the familiar sound of Dan Smith’s scintillating vocals, starting with a repeated phrase that you know you in a weeks time you’ll be belting out with him. We then have some feel-good chords along with some heavenly harmonies before it starts to build again, and that’s when we hit the soaring, gargantuan chorus that has become a necessary and constantly delivered trait in Bastille’s music.
It’s fair to assume that over the next couple of months, as the festivals roll by, teenagers, come rain or shine will be singing along with all the volume that their lungs will allow to ‘Good Grief,’ as their heroes perform it for them. Pop anthems such as, ‘Pompeii’ and ‘Things We Lost in the Fire’ secured not only a firm grip on these loyal lovers of all things ‘Bastille,’ but also a firm place for them as one of the UK’s premier music acts of the last few years, and the fans will certainly not be let down by the new fruits of their labor.
Bastille, with ‘Good Grief,’ have delivered another tune that will ensure that their fans all around the world are waiting on tenterhooks for the new record. It will surely be another summer to remember for this band.
Words by Tom Gladstone