British indie-pop group Bastille took the stage at Los Angeles' iHeartRadio Theater Tuesday evening (September 6) to celebrate the forthcoming release of Wild World, the anticipated follow-up to their 2013 rookie album Bad Blood.
Hosted by ALT 98.7’s Harms, the “Pompeii” collective hit the stage to perform tracks from the 14-track release, including the trumpet-strewn “Send Them Off!,” “Blame,” their latest single "Good Grief" and the album’s lead cut “Good Grief,” which frontman Dan Smith previously described as a roller coaster of emotions that come with grief and being at a funeral.
In addition to giving fans an exclusive first listen of their new album, they also treated the audience to a repertoire of familiar tunes including “Bad Blood,” “Things We Lost In the Fire,” “Laura Palmer,” and their Top 40 breakout smash “Pompeii.”
Wild World Album Release Party Setlist
“Send Them Off!”
“Things We Lost In The Fire”
"Weight of Living”
In between songs, Smith spoke to Harms about their sonic evolution and how his love for cinema influenced the record.
On the inspiration behind their new album:
We've gone back to to the mixtapes that proceeded our album. We've actually incorporated a lot of samples of quotes from films and documentaries and TV shows into the record itself to kind of give people's ears a bit of a break from my voice, and it also helps tell a story. It adds sort of an interesting texture.
On lead single "Good Grief":
It's just a song about sort of coping with loss and the massive downs and ups and stuff that come with it ... It's a complicated messy process being in a relationship or whatever. It's just about trying to find hope in a bad situation.
Wild World (via Virgin Records) hits retailers this Friday (September 9). The band will continue to promote the effort on their ongoing world tour, which launches its set of North American dates on September 30 in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and will hit New York (October 3 and 4) and Los Angeles (October 9 and 10).
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