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New mixtape of cover songs from Bastille

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By Dan Smith from Bastille in New Music on Tuesday 20 March 2012

I’m in the middle of making our album and started to get a bit worried about how long it had been since we had released something. Mark, the guy who I’m making the album with, had always wanted to make a mixtape, so we decided to do an album of covers. I had done a cover of City High’s What Would You Do? at the end of last year and it got a good response. I’d also been listening to The Weeknd and Frank Ocean a lot, and we wanted to put out something that was as easy to get hold of — and hopefully somewhere near as good — as their mixtapes.

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T-shirts by Strummerville

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By Dan Smith from Bastille in New Illustration on Tuesday 13 December 2011

Strummerville is a charity that was set up by friends and family of Joe Strummer after he died. Amongst other things, they support and give opportunities to young musicians or people whose lives could be improved through music and they have been incredibly supportive to me over the last few years.

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Bastille’s Overjoyed video: inspired by Twin Peaks

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By Dan Smith from Bastille in New Music on Thursday 17 November 2011

We made our first proper music video a few weeks ago. It is for a song from our new EP called Overjoyed and I had a great time helping out on set. I made a lot of tea and bacon sandwiches and helped charge camera batteries. Very exciting stuff. Our EP is called Laura Palmer, […]

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James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Higher Love

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By Dan Smith from Bastille in New Music on Thursday 17 November 2011

A friend who’s been staying at my house recently only has this song on his laptop, so I’ve heard it pretty much on repeat for the last two weeks. It’s an incredible cover and a great introduction to James Vincent McMorrow as well. I think his voice is really beautiful and doesn’t have the screeching, […]

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