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Bastille: 'We've been ambitious with our debut album'

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Over the last 18 months, Bastille have gone from a one-man bedroom project to a fully fledged band.

Following their online smash 'Bad Blood' earlier this year and almost 30 festival appearances this summer, the group are hoping to repeat the trick with new single 'Flaws' later this month.

Digital Spy met up with frontman Dan Smith to find out how they're coping with their success and what we can expect from their debut LP.

Things have been going rather well for you in the last year; are you pleased with how things stand at the moment?
"We're pretty f**ked off to be honest! Seriously though, our label have been great to us this past year. They've allowed us to put out what we want and we're holding back on the bigger singles for now. We feel very lucky to be in that position - a lot of up and coming acts don't get those kinds of options. It's nice to have that time investment."

It seems like a rare position to be in these days...
"'Flaws' is our second single on a major label, and they've definitely allowed us to do our own thing. We've played 27 festivals this summer and they've also allowed us to record our album, which we can't be grateful enough for!"

"Hotly tipped" and "genre-bending" are phrases being used to describe you. Is it time we all moved on from that now?
"Haha, we know what you mean, but we think it's a compliment! It's a buzzword, but at least it's a positive one. We're a relatively new band - we played our first gig as a group in April last year - and it's a weird feeling. We feel like people are discovering the music themselves and it's not being forced down anyone's throats."

Watch Bastille perform 'Flaws' and cover 'Rhythm is a Dancer' by Snap! below:


Although in many ways genre-bending is actually quite accurate.
"It is really! This whole thing started as a bedroom project that didn't have any particular sound or direction - I wanted it to be a real mish-mash of sounds and I think it's something we've managed to retain.

"We all play a lot of instruments in our live shows and we're trying to keep ourselves as unrestricted as possible. I think we've been quite ambitious with this album - there are live instruments, big strings, electronics and programming. We've tried to draw in as many aspects of music as we can. Music is a lot easier to make these days, so if you make something you don't like you can easily delete it from memory!"

Seeing as you're already such a successful live act, are you bothered about the charts?
"Being a live act is really important for us and we've been lucky that our shows are generally very well attended. When it comes to the selling aspect, we've got no idea how it works really, which is where our label comes in! Looking at things cynically - Rihanna sold 9,000 copies to get to number one in the summer, and we have triple that amount following us on Twitter, etc, so hopefully we can sell something! I'm talking b*llocks, really."

Your new single is a re-release of 'Flaws'. Why did you decide to give it a second outing?
"It's a song that a lot of people have already heard of ours live, and it always seems to get a good reaction live. It's not our favourite song of the band, but a lot of people seem to like it, so we thought it deserved a proper release. We've got some big singles lined up that we're really excited to get out there."

How is the album coming along?
"It's finished and we're really happy with it, but we're at that stage where we're picking a track order - one that will turn it from a collection of songs into an album. We need to sort out the artwork and stuff as well - we need to crack on really!"

Bastille release 'Flaws' on October 22. Watch the official music video below:

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