Bastille’s concept album Doom Days, brings you back to a time when you had to piece together a wild night full of chaos and euphoria.

Bastille at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre by Mashal Rasul for ListenSD

Bastille and Joywave gave fans an unforgettable show full of energy, great music, and circus acts.

Originally from Rochester, NY, indie rock band Joywave opened for Bastille. The band first became known from their collaboration on “Dangerous” with Big Data and the hit song “Tongues”. Joywave has toured with major artists such as Walk The Moon, Thirty Seconds To Mars, as well as The Killers. They entered the stage all wearing matching neon highlighter yellow shirts with reflectors, navy blue joggers, and rhinestone studded loafers. Their choice in outfits reminded you a little of when Devo wore their yellow matching jumpsuits. Joywave’s synth pop sound brought a whole new light to the indie rock genre. Their songs all transitioned effortlessly into one another, with breaks to interact with the audience, making a 4,600 seat concert venue feel intimate.

Bastille at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre by Mashal Rasul for ListenSD

Doom Days is Bastille’s highly anticipated third album. This concept album is about a night full of partying and crazy experiences that occur as the night progresses. Bastille became most famous in 2013 from their hit single “Pompeii”. Their new album takes a 180 turn from their previous David Lynch inspired style to something that takes you through a relatable experience. It’s all about “hedonism and shutting off from the problems of your life and issues of the world” (Dan Smith, Billboard Interview).

Bastille started on an elevated platform next to an old TV with   “Quarter Past Midnight”. They played a good mix of songs from their new album as well as fan favorites off their previous such as “Things We Lost In The Fire”, “Bad Blood”, and “Good Grief”. During “Two Evils” Dan sat on a ladder with a projection of city lights through a window still and a blood orange moon behind him. The stage and set during this song felt as if you were seeing a glimpse into someone’s life as they were having an existential crisis about who they are as a person.

Bastille at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre by Mashal Rasul for ListenSD
Bastille at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre by Mashal Rasul for ListenSD

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Set List: 

Quarter Past Midnight

Send Them Off!

Things We Lost In The Fire

The Waves

Two Evils

Bad Decisions

Flaws

Those Nights

Weight Of Living Pt. 1

Bad Blood

Doom Days

Blame

Joy

Another Place

Good Grief

Encore:

Of The Night

Million Pieces

Pompeii

Review and Photos by: Mashal Rasul
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