Bastille made their Saturday Night Live debut last night. Host Jonah Hill introduced the British rock band on stage to perform their popular singles, “Pompeii,” and their ballad, “Oblivion.” All in all, the band gave two fantastic performances. If American audiences didn’t know the group (which is poised to be America’s new favorite band) before last night, they definitely have no excuse not to be fans now.
Bastille performed their single, “Pompeii,” for their first performance. The song, which has been steadily meandering off alternative playlists and into mainstream movie trailers and radio rotation, features the band’s hypnotic combination of thumping beats and infectious vocal harmonies. Bastille showed off their chops by showing the audience that song’s spacious sound came just from the four-piece band (with assist from a mere four backing vocalists).
The guys wore adorably dorky sweaters and t-shirts that could have just as believably been rocked by The Smiths in the 1980s or by a hip band in 2014.
Things got slightly more dramatic when Bastille returned to the stage to perform their ballad, “Oblivion.” The stage was flooded with moody, dark blue light and the band was joined by a string section. Lead singer Dan Smith changed out of his orange and beige sweater and wore a cool denim jacket. Smith also moved from behind the mic (and between the synth and snare drum) to a grand piano.
Saturday Night Live returns next week with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest Imagine Dragons.
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