Updated: Oct 16, 2014 -- 5:12pm
Bastille at The Milwaukee Theater on October 18, 2014 In the last month two of the biggest alternative acts, Foster The People and Lorde, have come to town for their first headlining shows. This Saturday, Bastille will be added to the list.
Bastille made their Milwaukee debut last December when they played night one of Big Snow Show 8. This time around they make their headlining debut at a larger Milwaukee Theater.
Bastille is Dan Smith, Kyle Simmons, Will Farquarson, and Chris Wood. They released their debut album Bad Blood in 2013. “Bad Blood” and “Flaws” are two singles off of this album. However, “Pompeii” was the song that put the band on the map. If you have watched TV at all in the last eighteen months there is no doubt you’ve heard this song in a TV show, advertisement or during a sports event. For about six months this song was everywhere. Bastille are road warriors. So how do they mix things up on stage when they are touring so much? The answer is in the cover songs. In November, 2013 the band released All This Bad Blood, a deluxe version of their debut, which includes a cover of the 2001 hit “What Would You Do” by City High. The band have also been known to play covers of TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop”. The question is will they play any of these when they stop by Milwaukee?
Even the casual fan will admire the energy that Bastille deliver from the time the lights go down to the time the encore is over. Grizfolk opens the show at 8 pm.
-- Mark Mileager
Updated: Oct 16, 2014 -- 12:52pm
A lot of bands are road warriors. They tour everywhere and they tour often. When they are not touring they hit the studio to record new material they can tour behind. New Politics are those road warriors. In the last four years they have toured behind a self-titled debut, and their sophomore release A Bad Girl In Harlem. They now have a new single out called “Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens)”. New Politics are a fun band. Naturally, “Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens)” is a fun song.
It has three things that make for a fun dance party. The first is a chorus that is easy to sing along with. Nothing is more fun than singing along with friends while getting ready for a Saturday night. If you give this song two or three listens, you’ll know the chorus, I know I do. Second, in the words of Taylor Swift, it has a sick beat*. Maybe that is a little drastic, but nevertheless, you can dance to it. Lastly, and probably the most important, it has hand claps. So many hand claps. Everyone knows that the way to a hit single is a solid strategically placed hand clap. So what do you think of the song? Let us know in the comment section below. New Politics is currently on the Everywhere I Go tour with Bad Suns and SomeKindaWonderful. The tour is set to hit The Rave on November 14, 2014 so grab your tickets now. Head over to their website to check out what they are up to on the road. *I promise the first and only time T. Swift will be mentioned on this blog. Also, I won’t refer to something as a “sick beat” again.
-- Mark Mileager