Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Track Review: Bastille - Of The Night

The more I listen to Bastille, the more I associate them with everything wrong in the 'indie rock' music community. It's a shame to hear the work of copycats go on, and be received well plainly unnoticed for years. Bastille's debut album Bad Blood wasn't reviewed by us simply because it has no backbone or defining features as a stand-alone album. Bad Blood is the work of influence, derived from popularity for the more pop focussed and Radio One listening indie rock fan. Bastille, with a triangle instead of the a (for the Eiffel Tower and reference to where they take their name from - Bastille Day,) have actually been less successful than fans make out. They're essentially the British indie band that are trying to push audiences in to poppy rock music. The Owl City of London, with Everything Everything influences, but without the creative ability. And before the 17 year olds bluffer their fingers in retaliation, I don't class album sales as success. Steve Jobs shifting millions of Macintosh computers is a success story, but Girls Aloud selling thousands of albums - just no.

Bastille are re-releasing Bad Blood next month, with a few B-sides and a single to go with it. It's only been seven months and already the major label (Virgin / EMI) are breathing down Bastille’s neck with a 'deluxe edition'. They already have The Extended Cut Bonus Tracks from Bad Blood, and a US edition... In the spirit of Nicki Minaj and Lana Del Ray, Bastille and the product they sell are making an enormous sum off of editions, extended versions, post-album singles, and re-releases. It's the work of corporate fat cats and their ever profitable solutions to the declining physical album sale. They're sucking the life out of music, and by doing this, they're taking the purchaser for a sucker; someone who has no idea why they're buying 50% of the same album in a re-issue for £11.99.

"Of The Night" is a combination of two R&B tracks - who would have thought Bastille would take the same direction to what's currently 'in' and selling. It takes DeBarge's "Rhythm Of The Night" and Corona’s cover. Bastille wanted to make the cover "Their own," but they’ve not met that personal expectation at all. It uses all the dance characteristics of Corona's cover and the passion of the original, but enhancing the emphasis on a drum beat and vocal layers. There’s no questioning Bastille's production quality, it's superb and the highlight of Bad Blood. "Of The Night" is nothing special or unique. Bastille are using the developed popular R&B sound of popular artists in the States like The Weeknd, and attempting to offer a British take, to be used for their own good. I don't hear a British band in "Of The Night", all I hear is a band restrained by a major label, taking what's already being created for their own profit. It's not even in the top 10 covers of "Rhythm Of The Night".


  1. This review seems to have been written by someone without any professional understanding of music. It is actually a song that they released for free to fans on a mixtape mash up album called 'other peoples' heartache' a couple of years back. The song is a clever blend of rhythm is a dancer and rhythm of the night. Neither of the aforementioned tracks are rhythm and blues tracks but rather 90's synth pop. Owl City actually have a totally different sound and rather unashamedly copied their style and sound from a band called Postal Service (have a listen, almost identical) Too many inconsistencies in this review for me comprehend it as an educated track review which spends more time moaning about the re-release of the bad blood album. What you've written is more like a whinge and personal opinion of what indie / rock should be.

    1. I disagree completely with all your objections, and feel you didn't understand the meaning behind what's written here.

      "The Owl City of London," refers to Bastille being: "the British indie band," that are: "trying to push audiences in to poppy rock music." - like Owl City did in 2009, in part referencing his copy of The Postal Service, (purposely written like this to correlate with what I wrote beforehand: "It's a shame to hear the work of copycats go on, and be received well plainly unnoticed for years."

      We know all about Owl City / TPS: - I can assure you of that...
      DeBarge were predominantly R&B, and I used this to push the influence of 70s - 90s R&B in today's sound, like with Bastille's track, which is a page out of The Weekend's book.

      Everything here is completely justified, and yes, there's the essence of establishment manipulation going on behind the scenes with this re-release, which is what the latter part is all about. You mention they released it for free a couple of years ago... This only enhances the latter part, and the fact Bastille and their label are squeezing out every ounce of Bad Blood, using "Of The Night" as the pre-release, the advertisement to 'buy a re-release with some more songs'.

      Sorry if you think this is coming across as a dick response, but this review was well-thought out and planned to inform the listener of the goings on behind Bastille, and the music they're attempting to re-create - backed up by the one sentence which sums them up: "The Owl City of London, with Everything Everything influences, but without the creative ability. "