English indie-rock band, Bastille has returned with new single, Good Grief, three years following the release of their debut album Bad Blood. The track was premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on June 16th and immediately was made available for download and released to streaming services following the premiere. The four-piece also announced that the single is the first taste of the group’s sophomore album, Wild World which is set to be released sometime later this year. In an interview with Annie Mac, Dan Smith and Kyle Simmons shared that the album will “go through a variety of sounds, but it is very much [Bastille].”
In comparison to Bastille’s previous works, Good Grief is a bright, summer anthem with a bouncy, upbeat melody that inspires a youthful desire for adventure and fun. The group recently released a teaser trailer for their upcoming album, Wild World, which featured an audio snippet that was more heavy and brooding, and far from their latest upbeat, indie-pop offering. Once again, Bastille has used unconventional samples with Good Grief opening with a line from the 1985 classic movie, Weird Science. The track is filled with bright synths, bouncy percussion and pop vocals, although despite all the upbeat sound, the lyrics feature quite dark themes and issues. Good Grief perfectly combines bright pop with dark, indie-rock to create a stunning summer anthem.