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Interview: Bastille Is Not a Rock Band

By Courtney E. Smith

It’s hard to think of an idea that sounds worse than going to see a David Lynch film at age 14 with one of your parents. But that’s exactly where Dan Smith, the singer of Bastille, found his lifelong fandom for Lynch’s work — sitting next to his dad as a lesbian sex scene in Mulholland Drive played out on the big screen.

“I think for our videos, particularly early ones — like ‘Bad Blood,’ it’s got a video that probably most people think makes absolutely no sense,” Smith said. “But what I liked about that was the same thing I liked about when I saw Mullholland Drive with my dad. We walked out of the cinema and looked at each other and were like, ‘What the hell just happened?’ And then I was calling up people who’d seen it that I knew and going on the Internet — I found my way onto forums for the first time.”

Lynch, a forward-thinking type who is particularly attuned to the Internet himself, reached out to Bastille for a remix of the track “Are You Sure” for a limited-edition Record Store Day vinyl release.¬†After teasingly asking if we’d like to hear about the really boring chain of emails between managers and publicists that brought those events together, Smith recounted, “I remember there was a conversation about the fee for awhile. I was like, ‘I literally, I could pay you for me to do this, please.'”

Read more and watch the interview on Radio.com.

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