Monday, December 9, 2013

Bastille @ KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

Hailing from London, UK, Dan Smith's project Bastille brought emotive, tribal, synth-ridden anthems to the Shrine Auditorium last night.
Dan Smith of Bastille performs at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 2. Photo: Kevin Winter, CBS, Getty Images

The Pompeii singer has professed in interviews that he dislikes performing. Preferring to write and record in the studio, one would expect that such an artist would sound on stage as he does on the album. Smith defies this, producing music even more energetic, mesmerizing and amazing than on his album "Bad Blood"-- quite a feat, considering the quality of his recorded music.

Dan Smith and Bastille jam, sing, and hit the steel drums for an emotive beat. Photo: Kevin Winter, CBS, Getty Images

The band's thirty minute set opened with their hit, "Things We Lost in the Fire". Dan jumped around, banging his head and moving constantly throughout the entire performance. They closed with their sensation, "Pompeii"-- my, and many others' first entrance into the music of Bastille. Dan jumped between the keyboard and the steel drums, pounding out a soul-touching syncopated beat without missing a note. His distinctive voice gives the band their own feel. The songs are relatable and timeless, touching on such wide-ranging topics as the television show 'Twin Peaks', the fall of Pompeii, and relationships.

Dan Smith jumps and sings, delivering a performance even more energetic than his album. Photo: Kevin Winter, CBS, Getty Images

Needless to say, this one performance was worth the price of my ticket to the KROQ concert. Bastille was the reason I attended, and I couldn't have been more satisfied with the performance. I'll be attending Bastille shows anywhere near me for awhile.

Credit: Bastille's Dan Smith:
KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

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