London four-piece Bastille have announced their new album Wild World, which will be released September 9 via Virgin EMI.
The Pompeii hitmakers have also announced their biggest headline tour to date, the Wild, Wild World Tour, which includes a stop off at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Saturday, 12 November.
At first glance the striking artwork for Bastille’s hugely anticipated second album, Wild World, may prompt a number of questions. Who are the two individuals balanced precariously above a cityscape? Why are they there? What will happen next?
But Dan Smith’s own interpretation of the image is one that runs through many of the songs on Wild World, “To me, the image isn’t about what’s just happened or what happens next,” he says. “It’s not about how they got there or how they get down. It’s about sharing a moment — two friends existing in that split second in that exact space, two people framed in the vast context of this huge mad metropolis that we’ve all built. They’re there out of choice.”
Wild World follows the band’s global four million selling, multi-platinum debut, Bad Blood and retains the vivid, rich, filmic songwriting of its predecessor but pushes the band’s distinctive sound in exciting new directions.
“If our first album was about growing up and the anxieties surrounding it,” says Smith. “Our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it’s presented to you through the media. It’s also about asking questions of the world and of the people in it. We wanted the album to be a bit disorientating – at times extroverted and introverted, light and dark.”
At the heart of it all, there’s a sense of escapism that runs through Wild World and a fascination with the human condition and the relationships we all forge, fight over and sometimes forget.
“The world can seem a f*cked up place,” Smith concludes. “But people — well, people can be amazing. The relationships you choose to have in your life are the main solace. They’re the things that make life awesome.”
The band continue their run of summer festivals including appearances at T in the Park, V festival, Festival No.6 and Bestival. Dates as below.
Wild, Wild World Tour
Fri 28 Oct – Bournemouth – BIC
Sat 29 Oct – Plymouth – Pavilions
Mon 31 Oct 2016 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Tue 01 Nov – London – The O2
Fri 04 Nov – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Sat 05 Nov – Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
Sun 06 Nov – Manchester Arena
Tue 08 Nov – Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena
Sat 12 Nov – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro
Sun 13 Nov – Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
T In The Park – Perth – 9th July 2016
V Festival – Chelmsford – 20th August 2016
V Festival – Stafford – 21st August 2016
Festival NO.6 – Gwynedd – 2nd September 2016
Bestival – Isle Of Wright – 9th September 2016