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On Thursday, September 26th, the British band Bastille decided to surprise Boston with a visit. While taking a break from the string of shows lined up to promote the up and coming band in the U.S., they made a stop in Boston to play an acoustic set on the Boston Common near the Parkman Bandstand. The set was very simple consisting of a keyboard, guitar, and basic percussion.
Still, the band’s distinct indie rock sound shone through. They played a stripped down version of their hit “Pompeii” along with other singles off their debut album, Bad Blood, which was released on September 3rd. The set, which was filmed and will reportedly be released on Vevo at a future date, was played on the grass to a small group of bystanders lucky enough to catch the secret show.
Right after playing and taking a few photos, the band packed up in their vans and prepared to head straight to Brooklyn for a show the next day.
However, I was able to catch them right after a pre-road trip Starbucks visit.
In my brief conversation with frontman Dan Smith and guitarist Will Farquarson, they expressed complete bewilderment at the reactions from American audiences, describing themselves as “just some weird band from the U.K.” They also stressed the incredible effect that social media has had thus far. They were truly flattered by my praise of Bad Blood, and were incredibly polite, humble, and approachable as they obliged in taking a few pictures and leaving an animated voicemail for a friend.
Bad Blood, which now sits on the UK Charts at number 1 and at the US Billboard 200 at 11, is receiving a tremendous amount of success thus far for the debut album. After heading from Boston to Brooklyn, they will play in Washington, DC (9/28), Philadelphia (9/29) and the Bowery Ballroom in New York (9/30), before heading back to Europe to continue touring.
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