“Pompeii (Acoustic)” by Bastille


Bastille is an English pop band from London that initially began as a solo project by lead vocalist Dan Smith. Membership later expanded to include keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bassist/guitarist Will Farquarson, and drummer Chris “Woody” Wood. The group immediately struck it big with the release of their first studio album, Bad Blood, in 2013. This album spawned the massive hit “Pompeii”, which peaked at #2 in the UK and #5 in the US. Taking its name from the infamous Roman town of the same name, the song was released on January 11th, 2013. Before the launch of their aforementioned debut album, the band made an appearance on the acoustic channel 3èmeGauche to promote the release. They performed an acoustic version of “Pompeii” in the stunning Petit Palais in Paris, France.


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Bastille performs in the stunning Petit Palais in Paris.


The song's premise is that of a conversation between citizens of ancient Pompeii during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The structure is pretty basic with the two verses only having two lines each, and the chorus repeating multiple times throughout the song. However, Dan Smith’s vocals really make this song soar. His vocals make the song feel larger than life, and they, coupled with the chanting and booming drums that happen throughout, give the song this larger-than-life sound that make it feel historic.


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Using the tools available to keep a beat.


The music video was filmed inside the Petit Palais in Paris, France which houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts. All four members of Bastille are standing inside, with no instruments other than an acoustic guitar and its case. Chris Wood, Will Farquarson, and Dan Smith are wearing chucks, and their outfits along with the others fit with the stripped-back and bare-bones nature of the video. The band uses the guitar case to create the beat by stomping on it and combining this with claps and slaps. Dan Smith has an incredible vocal tenor, and it really shines in this video. His vocals are hauntingly beautiful as they bounce off the cavernous walls of the Petit Palais. The setting and the atmosphere it creates really elevates this video above other acoustic videos into something special.


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Chucks keep the rhythm in this acoustic video.


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