Bastille drops their latest single Shut Off The Lights from their fourth studio album Give Me The Future out February 4. No matter what limitless opportunities for escape modern technology presents us with, there’s nothing quite like real, human connection. On new single Shut Off The Lights, Bastille pulls themselves out of the metaverse to rediscover the joys of real life surrounded by loved ones.
Shut Of The Lights is set to a gleaming guitar melody and infectious beat, embracing 80’s influences whilst maintaining the catchy, euphoric alt-pop brilliance that’s made Bastille one of Britain’s biggest bands. The future festival anthem offers a different perspective to much of Give Me The Future, instead asking us to step away from our screens and the escapism offered online and join in with what’s unfolding in front of us now – “Shut off the lights, you don’t need them to dance.”
Dan Smith says, “‘Shut Off The Lights’ is about being pulled out of your future-fearing anxieties by the person you’re lying next to. It’s about intimacy and physical connection, rejecting our worries about life and the future for a minute, and unplugging from it all to really be present. It’s a fun, real, human moment in the middle of this big album. But also, it’s a song that nods back to Paul Simon’s Graceland and a load of music we love. It made us want to dance around the studio and is ridiculously fun to play live.”
Laced with references to sci-fi films and literature, video games and VR, Bastille’s new album Give Me The Future explores a futuristic wonderland free from restrictions – each song a different danceable dreamscape, a place where you can travel back and forward in time to be anyone, do anything, and embrace a new wave of technology, which enables us to get lost inside our imagination.