If it wasn’t for the band’s overwhelming success, Bastille would have finished its second album, according to front-man Dan Smith.
The band’s success, since debuting with its first album ‘Bad Blood’ and its mega-hit, ‘Pompeii’ in March 2013, has seen the group touring across the globe, leaving little time to complete its next album.
“If we weren’t touring so much we’d probably have finished the album by now,” said Smith, speaking to Gigwise.
“I’ve never wanted our music to be one thing. I guess we make things when we feel like it.”
Smith was unable to confirm a date for a finished second album, but he mention that the songs will be very different from Bad Blood.
“There will be some songs that’ll be quite guitar heavy and dark, and at the moment I’ve been listening to a hell of a lot of R&B, so there might be some songs leaning that way,”
“But it’s one of those things where what I think sounds like a dark rock song or an R&B track might to someone else just sound like a Bastille song.”
The success of Bad Blood and in particularly Pompeii has made Smith admit that it was the last thing the group was aiming for when it created the album.
“It’s the last thing we’d really aimed for or expected so it’s kind of surreal. We’ve been really busy on tour and I kind of haven’t really had to think about it much. I don’t think any of us really know what to think about it really; it’s just the last thing I ever expected to happen.”
Smith did admit that the success of the band’s album will see more new bands enjoying the rewards for the efforts.
“It’s just nice that a band has an opportunity to get a Number One album with the climate as it is at the moment. It’s obviously changing,”
“I guess it’s just nice to see people buying into bands and I just think we’re really proud of the fact that we made the album ourselves in a tiny studio with pretty much no money, in a little windowless basement in south London with very little help or involvement from anyone else.
“We receive quite a lot of messages as well, you know, like, ‘I’ve never actually gone out and bought an album before and this is the first album I’ve actually wanted to buy in years,’ which is really flattering for us.”