This post has been in the making a while. It’s difficult to put into words what the music of Bastille has meant to me so far but I’ll give it a try. Bastille’s music to me is like a breath of fresh air in an airtight box. When I’m down it brings me up, when I cry it dries my tears and when I’m happy it heightens my euphoria. It is absolutely and totally liberated. My heart grows a few sizes when I listen to The Anchor or Lethargy or Flaws. There is nothing I’d rather do than imagine two Pompeii victims contemplating their fate or overthinking the madness of the world nowadays with the crisp voice of Dan Smith singing the words to stimulate my brain.
I knew no better way than to bring my two passions together on this blog to show my passion for this music. Maybe that makes me a weird fan, maybe that just makes me a bit silly or enthusiastic. I don’t care either way.
I waited to post this article because I wanted to listen to their newest album, Wild World, first (it came out on September 9th). Of course I’d heard quite a few new songs online (hey Youtube! you’re great!) but the album blew me away. In these gingerbread Dans (or Den?) I have incorporated some of my favorite lyrics. You might see a philosophical metaphor in these cookies but I can assure you, it’s just a clever, annoying pun. On the other hand, I’d like to bite into Dan any day of the week so in that regard it’s probably a double metaphor (I’m joking, I’m joking).
Bastille have started their world tour (see here) but unfortunately I couldn’t get tickets for their Amsterdam gig as I am completely and utterly broke (I’m taking too freaking long on my thesis to be honest and tuition fees are bleh. I’m not one for quitting though.). I did see them once in Leeuwarden though, which was awesome, and I almost saw them during Eurosonic in January 2013. I still wanna hit myself in the face for missing that €15 opportunity at the start of their career! Anyhow, I’ll just act out my fandom by listening to their music every day like I have been doing since 2014 and doing weird stuff like baking Dan in gingerbread. If you wanna do the latter too, the recipe is beneath and I have added some of the templates I used to create the Dans. I used this recipe to make the gingerbread.
**The templates were created by my friend MUAFrou per my request. I’m lousy with Photoshop!