In many ways the indie bands economy is still suffering from its credit crunch equivalent resulting from the 00’s boom of 'rock' outfits. Yet after nearly a decade of what has seemed like an endless mire of faceless and unoriginal music we seem to be emerging from the swamp. Enter Bastille, an outfit headed by multi-instrumentalist producer Dan Smith who last night played a sold out Scala on the strength of a few EP’s and one mixtape.
Following support from To Kill a King and American rapper F.Stokes Dan emerged with full Eraserhead style hair and appropriately coordinating T-shirt representing the David Lynch film. Accompanied by his band and a full on string section the crowd were going ballistic with barely a hint of provocation, Bastille have legions of fans and as the set kicked off with their seminal ‘Icarus’ every word was reciprocated and hung upon. This momentum was maintained for the duration of the show which came in at just under an hour in length.
Dan is what can almost be described as a shy character contrary to the cockiness seen at such gigs, he lets the music speak for itself the majority of the time seemingly coming out of his shell as the set takes over. Speak the music does, as Dan has a truly beautiful voice that is layered with the emotion of lyrics that hit all the right notes yet never descend into sentimentality. At the same time the sound is the perfect balance between rock, electronic elements, superb covers and soaring, pitch perfect vocals. There really is something for everyone with Bastille with their blend of live show truly being something to behold.
It was a great vibe in Scala last night, complimented by perhaps the most exciting prospect in indie for a long time. Watch out for their show at Koko in October and be prepared for the debut album release in September which will undoubtedly redefine the scene.