SHOW GALLERY + RECAP: Bastille Brings 'Give Me the Future' to Life in Boston, MA
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Last week, I was able to catch Bastille’s Boston stop on their Give Me The Future tour, supporting their album of the same name released earlier this year.
Supporting Bastille was Oklahoma City based indie/alternative artist Josh Fudge. Though I hadn’t heard any of Josh’s work before the set, I 100% left the show as a new fan. His songs have everything you could ever want from the indie genre. With thick funk-inspired basslines, unique synth leads and lyrics you just can’t help but sing along to, Fudge and his supporting band swept the crowd up into a feel-good indie dreamscape.
If you’re a fan of acts like Phum Vulphit, Dayglow, Still Woozy, or Boy Pablo I highly suggest you get into Josh Fudge as soon as possible. His entire catalog is primed and ready for your next sunny day drive (tried-and-tested by yours truly), and will immediately put a smile on your face.
Bastille’s set began by thrusting the audience directly into the world of their newest album, Bring Me The Future. Their set seamlessly built off the concept of the album, which explores a virtual world created by the fictional company, Future Inc. The album itself heavily features motifs of futurism, escapism, and the delicate balance of excitement and unease associated with virtual reality.
Large scale projections of Future Inc.’s virtual world filled the space behind the band as they played, and interludes pulled directly from the album broke up the set including their collaborative spoken word piece, “Promises” with artist Riz Ahmed. Pairing with the visuals, Bastille’s synth-driven beats and iconic vocals were on full display with a somewhat futuristic twist.
If nothing else, Bastille knows how to get their audience to dance. While their lyrics may feature darker themes, the music itself remains firmly planted on the lighter side of alternative rock. Sweeping synths, stacked vocoder harmonies, and a healthy dose of ear-candy made for a set full of danceable moments. During the smash hit “Happier”, Smith hopped off the stage and into the crowd, dancing his way through the entirety of the pit, having audience members sing along with him.
All in all, Bastille succeeded in bringing their album to life, both musically and visually, and created an incredibly unique live experience. While their US leg of the tour may be wrapping up, Bastille will be headed to a host of cities in Europe this summer and fall, so check ‘em out if you can!
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