Bastille have achieved a chart milestone ahead of today’s release of new track Another Place, which features Alessia Cara.
The band are one of only three British bands, alongside The Beatles and Queen, to have scored a Top 5 album in both the UK and US in 2019.
Another Place originally featured on Bastille’s third album Doom Days, which dropped via Virgin EMI in June and peaked at No.4 in the UK and No.5 in America. Cara makes a guest appearance on the new version after joining the band on stage in her hometown of Toronto during the band’s recent US tour.
“I’d always heard Another Place as a duet and wanted it to be a story told from two perspectives,” said Bastille frontman Dan Smith. “It’s not something we’ve ever done, outside of our mixtapes but we are huge fans of Alessia’s – her voice and her songwriting are so distinct and brilliant – and we sent it to her to see if she’d be up for jumping on it with us. We love her verse and everything that she’s brought to the song - I think she really elevates it.
“We all got to spend some time together in her hometown of Toronto recently, where she joined us on stage to sing “Another Place” together for the first time, and where we shot the surrealist video for the song. It’s been really great to bring a new voice into the Doom Days universe, and we’re so happy that Alessia was up for coming along with us for it.”
Cara added: "I’ve been a Bastille fan since their early stuff so doing this song with them was genuinely so exciting. I met Dan last year and we got on really well. We talked about doing something together and he sent me the song a little while later. I loved the concept and thought it was both sonically and lyrically really great, as all Bastille stuff is. It all came together pretty naturally, and I can’t wait for people to hear it."
Bastille’s previous LP, 2016’s Wild World, also charted in the Top 5 in both the US and UK.
Later this month, the band will embark on special run of Doom Days club shows, which will give fans the opportunity to hear the record played live in its entirety in towns away from the traditional touring route.