‘But we’re talking about the most brilliant mind this world’s ever seen!’ Bastille have maintained their consistent run of spoken word introductions, with previous singles for upcoming album Wild World featuring quotations from Weird Science and a Mental Health advisory video from the 1970s. The quotation is an bold reference to the band’s thoughts on their own music, hastily spat out by the speaker over a twitchy bassline.
Lead singer Dan Smith wasn’t kidding when he tweeted that ‘Send Them Off!’ was ‘Othello meets The Exorcist‘. Smith constantly pleads for his mind to be exorcised throughout as well as referring to Desdemona, the unfaithful wife of Othello. It’s not surprising considering the references to Greek mythology on Bad Blood but nevertheless these allusions provide a perfect backdrop for the overarching theme of crippling jealousy on ‘Send Them Off!’.
‘The walloping drum beat hearkens back to ’80s Run-D.M.C.-esque hip-hop, expanding on Bastille’s limitless creative space once more’
The muscular saxophone transforms the track into a monumental composition that helps to match the audaciousness of the lyricism but the walloping drum beat hearkens back to ’80s Run-D.M.C.-esque hip-hop, expanding on Bastille’s limitless creative space once more. Along with summery banger ‘Good Grief’ and the sultry ‘Fake It’, ‘Send Them Off!’ is yet another example of why Bastille garner so much attention. The ability to effortlessly weld different styles and textures together make Bastille a quirkier and more unpredictable listen with each single.