At first glance the striking artwork for Bastille’s 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 begins. “It’s not about how they got there or how they get down. It’s about showing 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.”
Clearly it’s not just the artwork work which has struck a chord with Bastille’s fans. The album debuted in the UK charts at number 1, staying there for two weeks and raking up an impressive 35,000 records sold in the first week alone. It is now certified Gold in the UK and has sold over 600,000 copies world-wide.
The band started off 2017 in great style, celebrating a Brit Award Nomination for Best British Group and winning NME’s Award for Best Album 2017, alongside nominations for Best British Band, Best Live band and Best Track. These follow on from the 4 Brit nominations they picked in 2014, when they also walked away with the Best British Breakthrough Act award.
Not ones to take it easy the band are out on a huge worldwide tour and will be spending the summer playing festivals including Coachella, Rock AM Ring, Isle of Wight Festival and Reading & Leeds.