When you’re chugging along a steady path, reasonably stable but not entirely fulfilled, it’s hard to find the courage to change direction down an unpredictable road. It’s often in that liminal space, however, between the mundane familiars and the undiscovered possibilities, where the magic really happens.
Taking us on a career-pivoting journey from the band’s very beginnings through to the present day, and stopping off at some of their biggest hits along the way, Bastille’s new documentary ReOrchestrated shows us exactly the kind of risk-taking that’s required to discover where you’re supposed to be.
Rewind five years or so, and the alt-poppers were performing hundreds of shows to sold-out audiences, all under exactly the same model. Technically, everything was ticking along nicely – but Bastille’s Dan Smith knew that the popular four-piece were in need of a change.
“Like any job, you come to a point where you’ve just had enough,” the lead singer-songwriter divulged in the trailer. “I had an epiphany moment: How can we rearrange these songs in a way that is totally unexpected? How can we have little moments that are really hair-raising, goosebump-inducing, and try to show people other sides of what we do?”. Brace yourselves, because what came next was totally, beautifully unexpected.
Enlisting the help of a 50-piece choir and orchestra, the band set about reimagining some of their greatest anthems. “Pompeii”, “Quarter Past Midnight”, “Another Place”, “Warmth” – you name it, they rejigged it. And while this “experiment in relinquishing control” was a hell of a lot riskier, the rewards were also a lot bigger.
Check out the Amazon Music trailer below…