Music review: Bastille, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh ****
The group’s sound and style doesn’t match up to such doomy rhetoric, with Smith bearing a voice which soars into the kind of hopeful question mark popularised by X-Factor winners, even as his tone is perfectly suited to the icy keyboard lines of some of their darker tracks.
Bastille are a band who lean into the zeitgeist even as their era-specific sound might date them over time.
For the moment, however, their sound is perfect for their young target audience, from the shivering,
xylophone-sounding keys of These Streets to the hint of something approaching cheerfulness during Warmth and the crowd favourite Laura Palmer.
With a song in their set – The Currents – explicitly written as a reaction to populism and their upcoming third album Doom Days apparently acting as a kind of anti-state of the world address, Bastille are a relative rarity – an unashamed pop group who apparently wish to connect in a tangible way with the world around them. On this evidence, much of their generation is with them all the way. DAVID POLLOCK