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Bastille play under painted stars at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, with opener Mondo Cosmo

The London based alternative pop band Bastille gave a stirring and exuberant performance at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom last Monday night. The night started off with an energized performance of the band’s latest hit song “Send Them Off!” from their most recent album “Wild World.”

The band continuously kept the capacity crowd immersed in their grabbing sound. “Flaws” was performed with a crowd dance party, and “Of The Night” was performed from within their sound control booth.  The night concluded with “Two Evils” echoing from the balcony, and a audience chorus during “Pompeii.”

The opener, Mondo Cozmo, aka Josh Ostrander, powered by the momentum of his number one alt radio hit “Shine.” delivered on the promise of an act to watch; delivering a melodically tight set. Ostrander grew up in Philadelphia but is now based in Los Angeles, California and records music that is a mix of folk, indie and alternative rock.

Bastille

Mondo Cozmo

Written by Dan Smith and co-produced with Bastille member Mark Crew, “Wild World” was recorded in the same tiny, South London windowless basement studio where the band recorded its predecessor. “If our first album was about growing up and the anxieties surrounding it,” Smith explained in a press release. “Our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it’s presented to you through the media. It’s also about asking questions of the world and of the people in it. We wanted the album to be a bit disorientating – at times extroverted and introverted, light and dark.”

The album is a collection of fourteen songs that sees Bastille at their boldest and most daring. Anthemic yet thought-provoking tracks include the fiery, string-laden, ‘The Currents’, a poignant and timely song that was written about, “Specific public figures on both sides of the Atlantic, and how it can be hard to believe they can think certain thoughts, let alone say them out loud or get on a podium and broadcast them.” 

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Bastille play under painted stars at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, with opener Mondo Cosmo

The London based alternative pop band Bastille gave a stirring and exuberant performance at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom last Monday night. The night started off with an energized performance of the band’s latest hit song “Send Them Off!” from their most recent album “Wild World.”

The band continuously kept the capacity crowd immersed in their grabbing sound. “Flaws” was performed with a crowd dance party, and “Of The Night” was performed from within their sound control booth.  The night concluded with “Two Evils” echoing from the balcony, and a audience chorus during “Pompeii.”

The opener, Mondo Cozmo, aka Josh Ostrander, powered by the momentum of his number one alt radio hit “Shine.” delivered on the promise of an act to watch; delivering a melodically tight set. Ostrander grew up in Philadelphia but is now based in Los Angeles, California and records music that is a mix of folk, indie and alternative rock.

Bastille

Mondo Cozmo

Written by Dan Smith and co-produced with Bastille member Mark Crew, “Wild World” was recorded in the same tiny, South London windowless basement studio where the band recorded its predecessor. “If our first album was about growing up and the anxieties surrounding it,” Smith explained in a press release. “Our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it’s presented to you through the media. It’s also about asking questions of the world and of the people in it. We wanted the album to be a bit disorientating – at times extroverted and introverted, light and dark.”

The album is a collection of fourteen songs that sees Bastille at their boldest and most daring. Anthemic yet thought-provoking tracks include the fiery, string-laden, ‘The Currents’, a poignant and timely song that was written about, “Specific public figures on both sides of the Atlantic, and how it can be hard to believe they can think certain thoughts, let alone say them out loud or get on a podium and broadcast them.” 

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