Over the past decade, Bastille have established themselves as one of the biggest bands, but with new album ‘Give Me The Future’ they’re refusing to focus on the past.
Words: Martyn Young.
Photography: Sarah Louise Bennett.
Photography Assistant: Carla Mundy.
Stylist: Brigitte Kovats.
Styling Assistant: Valeriane Venance.
Grooming: Tom Gilling.
Grooming Assistant: Ben Grace.
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“I’m not very good at self-analysing,” jokes Dan Smith as he reflects on Bastille’s near ten years at the summit of mount pop as they have quietly and unassumingly become one of the absolute top tier bands in the UK, Europe, the world, the universe and the entire cosmos. They’ve done it by being resolutely Bastille. Constantly innovating and progressing their sound and approach, Bastille have always had the gift for those special little touches and flourishes that take pop to the next transcendent level. Indeed, if they hadn’t already spent the last decade casually luxuriating in mount pop’s rarified air, then they’d soon get there judging by one of Dan’s myriad of newfound obsessions discovered during pandemic downtime. “I watched 14 Peaks [the scary insane mountain climbing documentary], and now I’m determined to become a fucking mountain climber,” says Dan. “Not in the indoor climbing way. I want to strap on the spiky boots and get up K2 before I d…