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Bastille - Pompeii By Sachin Tankaria

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Transcript of Bastille - Pompeii By Sachin Tankaria

By Sachin Tankaria
8S
Pompeii
Introduction
Bastille are an alternative rock band from London. First formed in 2010, Bastille began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The four-piece consists of members Dan Smith, Chris 'Woody' Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. The name of the band derives from Bastille Day – an event celebrated on 14 July, which is also the same date lead vocalist, Dan Smith, was born.

In December 2011, record label EMI Music announced that they had offered Bastille a record contract with Virgin Records. Their debut single, "Overjoyed" was subsequently released in April 2012. Their second single, "Bad Blood" – which shares the same title as the band's first studio album, followed in August 2012, and received moderate success in the United Kingdom, charting at number ninety. The third track to be taken from Bad Blood, titled, "Flaws", became the group's first to enter the charts inside the Top 40, debuting at number twenty-one.

You can hear Pompeii in the background whilst watching these slides.

Pompeii
I chose this song, Pompeii, because i very much like the lyrics of the song as well as the strong beat of the drum bass. This song was Bastille's most famous and recognised song, it has appeared on the radio many times and has made it up to No.1 on the UK Billboard top 200.

I also chose this song as i also very much love the chanting at the start and end of the song. I also like the guitar riff played in the background of the song. The bass drum also has a significant beat to add to the effectiveness of the tempo of the song. As well as this, I like how the back up vocalists add texture to the vocals.
Bastille - Pompeii
I chose this song as I saw Bastille play at the Isle Of Wight Festival. I liked the song before, but once I saw them play at the IOW, I automatically became drawn to it. Pictures below are of bastille performing at the IOW Festival. When playing live, they add more bass to increase enthusiam of fans to their music. It got me and other fans hooked to Pompeii.
Melody
There is not really a main tune but there are lots of repetitive parts in the song for example the chanting repeats in the song several times as well as the main chorus. The singer who sings all the main vocals in Dan Smith, there are backup vocals sung by the other 3 band members. As well as the main chorus, the chanting is in the background as well as a bass line. The bass guitarist would play the bass line whilst also, with the other 2 band members, chant.

The melody is very energetic, full of life, it has a steady tempo with a catchy tune at the beginning and end of the song. The melody is very rhythmic and has quite a lot of parts staccato. However, in the solo near to the end, it changes to partly legato, smooth. The melody is a fixed, written down one but it can be improvised a lot to make it sound a bit better.
Melody
The melody does repeat itself throughout the whole of the song, Sometimes as a main melody, sometimes in the background to add musical texture. There is a large range of notes from high to low. The range of notes are also quite extensive, ranging from all sorts of notes, the song, however is in the key of A Major.

The melody does stay quite the same, roughly, in the piece. There is not much change in it at all really.
Instrumentation
The instruments you can hear is the piano, extensive drum kit, guitar, vocals and the bass guitar. The instruments each have their own roles.

The guitar is stuck on playing chords, the drum kit is used for the solo, chorus and the verses in different ways. ~The bass guitar plays the bass line, the guitar the chords, the vocals the lyrics and the drums the beat. (Tempo?)
Rhythm
There is a main rhythmic hook, the chanting at the start and end is a "hooking" part of the song and just the chorus acts as a rhythmic hook. The rhythm is played by the drums and vocals, Chris Wood and Dan Smith. There is also a back up vocals and extra drums played by the singer to add to the texture of the rhythm of the song.

The Rhythms are very steady and do not change in the slightest, there are no irregulars. The song is very busy indeed as there are layers of sound and music. The rhythms are written down but improvised on occasions.

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Lyrics
Eh-eh-o eh-o [4x]

I was left to my own devices
Many days fell away with nothing to show

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Grey clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

We were caught up and lost in all of our vices
In your pose as the dust settles around us

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Grey clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
If you close your eyes

Eh-eh-o eh-o [4x]

Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?
Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Grey clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

If you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?

Eh-eh-o eh-o [4x]

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