Bastille wants next album to be “completely different” from “Wild World”

ABC/Randy HolmesBastille released their sophomore album, Wild World, fewer than six months ago, but they're already starting to think about album number three.

"I want [the next album] to be completely different from our last album, and not as sprawling," frontman Dan Smith tells NME. "We might not do a 19-track album this time."

Much of the lyrics on Wild World deal with political themes, but Smith doesn't plan to return to that well for Bastille's next effort.

"Our last album was essentially about trying to react to [world events]," Smith explains. "Before we released it, stuff got even crazier and more disturbing. In a way it's been quite cathartic playing those songs. [But] it's obviously way more sad that they're ringing more true."

"With the next record, it's important to engage with everything that's happening and let your voice be heard," he continues. "Obviously we're in opposition to a lot of opinions being thrown around, a lot of policies. But we're also in a band. So maybe it's our job to find a way -- having made a heavy previous album -- to find a positive way through it. I think with the next record, we're gonna look elsewhere, and leave the searing political commentary to other more worthy acts."

Bastille will hit the road this spring on a North American arena tour in support of Wild World starting March 24 in Toronto.

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