Bastille dazzles in “The Late Late Show with James Corden”

British pop-rock band Bastille presented a vibrant performance of their new song “Shut Off the Lights” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. “Shut Off the Lights”, a fast-paced, euphoric track, was originally released in mid-January ahead of the band’s new album, Give me the future. Released on February 4, the album has a dreamy, futuristic feel with a deeper message about where society is headed in the age of the internet.

Rather than performing live in Los Angeles where The late show is filmed, Bastille’s performance was recorded in east London at the Earth Auditorium. The band also performed there just a few weeks ago for a charity show during BRITs Week.

Give me the future is Bastille’s fourth studio album, exuding a modern, almost dystopian vibe. Although each track tells a different story, the album emphasizes the importance of rejecting the digital world and embracing the reality around us. “Shut Off the Lights,” in particular, is about focusing on the people we love rather than the unhappiness and gloom of everyday life.

I, I’m still lost in my head
Time travel, run, run away with the darkness, my only friend
I don’t want to do it all over again
You bring me back to earth

“We are in the era of deep fakes, fake news and lying world leaders. But online, you can be anyone,” Bastille leader Dan Smith said in a press release. “What this does to our sense of self and to our relationships is enormous and fascinating.”

following wild world in 2013 and Bad blood in 2016, Give me the future is Bastille’s third album to reach number one in the UK. Smith tweeted his thanks to fans for pushing another album to No. 1 on the charts.

In addition to Corden and BRITs Week performances, Bastille also announced an arena tour across Europe and North America. The group will play more than 40 concerts between March and September, and tickets are available now on the Bastille website.


Photo by Reece Owen.

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