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Bastille :: Crystal Ballroom :: 12.09.13

As December To Remember entered into its second week, the party showed no signs of slowing as concertgoers packed into the Crystal Ballroom for Monday night's show with NONONO and Bastille. 
After NONONO got the crowded sufficiently pumped up with their best-known song, "Pumpin' Blood", Bastille kept the sanguinary theme flowing by opening with the title track of their debut album "Bad Blood," before moving on to "Things We Lost In the Fire" and their popular cover of City High's "What Would You Do?" After months of touring in both the States and Europe, Bastille's stage-act is well-honed and crowd-tested; not only is much of the setlist the same as September's show at Doug Fir Lounge, but lead singer Dan Smith also picked the same cues to wade into the crowd (on "Flaws") and cracked some of the same jokes - but as the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it - and that's definitely true where Bastille's concerned. From the minute Dan come on stage, he had the crowd eating out of his hand.
Later in their act, the lads from London did mix things up a little bit when they introduced a couple of new, guitar-based songs that represent a pretty big departure for the band's keyboard-based sound. Although this new material sounds more like your typical run-of-the-mill alt-rock, Dan's trademark vocals manage to give such songs a uniquely Bastille vibe. After that brief sojourn into uncharted territory, the band brought things back on course with their trademark mash-up of "Rhythm of the Night / Rhythm is a Dancer" and then closed out their set with the crowd-favorite, "Pompeii."
Bastille is an interesting band - although there are bigger acts that graced the Crystal with their presence this December, few bands can match Bastille in terms of the boundless enthusiasm of their fans. Both at Doug Fir and at Crystal Ballroom, Bastille has managed to play to screaming, sold-out crowds in increasingly larger and larger venues. The next time we see Bastille, I think there's a good chance it'll be on a Festival Stage or an arena-sized venue.


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12/16/2013 12:47PM
Bastille :: Crystal Ballroom :: 12.09.13
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