Bastille Rocks the Charts with New Tune “Good Grief”
Bastille are an English indie pop band formed in 2010. They began as a solo project by vocalist Dan Smith, who later decided to form a full band. Currently, Bastille consists of Chris “Woody” Wood, William Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons. The name of the band comes from Bastille Day, which is celebrated on July 14th, Smith’s birthday. Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which celebrates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14th, 1789 as an important part of the French Revolution.
After independently releasing a debut single and an EP titled Laura Palmer EP, Bastille signed to Virgin Records. Their first studio album, Bad Blood, was released in March 2013 and entered the UK Albums Chart at number one. Bastille has since become known for the songs “Pompeii”, “Bad Blood”, and “Flaws” which receive consistent airplay on pop and alternative radio stations.
On June 16th, Bastille released a new single titled “Good Grief” from their upcoming second studio album Wild World, to be released later this summer. “Good Grief” opens with a female vocalist suggesting “So…what would you little maniacs like to do first?” followed by a pounding drumbeat and bass beat. These rhythms tell you one thing right away: you better prepare yourself for a seriously catchy tune.
The backing vocals and Dan Smith ring in soon afterward with a booming and passionate tone. The chorus is sweeping and powerful and gets you caught up in the zeal of the song. Smith croons “Every minute and every hour, I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more…every stumble and each misfire, I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more…”
The bridge is backed by soft piano and hand claps and led by Smith’s pleading vocals. He leads the backing vocals in singing “Pick me up, up off the floor, put me in my place, put me in my place…” accompanied by a growing drumbeat that leads into the final chorus.
Bastille found success in the mainstream with Bad Blood because of their booming vocals, infectious choruses, and passionate instrumentation. All three of these characteristics are exactly why “Good Grief” succeeds as a song. It features every element that makes Bastille a joy to listen to. Check out a preview of “Good Grief” on YouTube below or find the full song streaming on Spotify—once you do, it’s sure to stay stuck in your head for days!