Bastille have shared a new video for the previously unreleased track “Remind Me,” with the video set in a futuristic city.
The track began life in LA while the band were working with acclaimed songwriter Rami Yacoub on what would become tracks for their latest, chart-topping album Give Me The Future. It features backing vocals from London band FOURS and Zimbabwean-British singer Rationale.
“I started working on “Remind Me” a few years ago in LA with some writer friends at the very beginning of the Give Me The Future album process,” frontman Dan Smith said in a press release. “We weren’t really sure what it would be for but always loved how different it felt. Finishing it off in London with Mark Crew and the rest of the guys, we’d wanted to make something sharp and minimal. The lyrics are about how our minds can taunt us with memories that play uncontrollably like scenes on a loop, so we set the track over this hypnotic, rolling guitar riff. We invited a bunch of singers to lend their voices to the track.
“We’d been diving into a bunch of music from the 80s that had sounded futuristic at the time, so it fits with the ideas of the past’s versions of the future that we explore across the album. This song was like a jumping-off point for us a couple of years ago and helped shape the sonic tone of the whole GMTF album. Plus, I’m a massive Michel Gondry and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fan and love how that film explores memory and relationships, so it was fun to nod to it.”
The video sees the band performing on giant screens hovering up high in a futuristic city that pulls viewers into the world of Bastille’s pioneering Give Me The Future Experience, which launched on Oculus earlier this week. In it, cutting-edge virtual production technologies are used to bring the metaverse to a physical live performance.
Fans from anywhere in the world were able to scan themselves into these worlds as stylized avatars and interact with the real-life band members as they performed on stage, re-inventing the metaverse meets live experience whilst elevating the human connection.
Fans can now experience these performances as a VR experience on the Oculus Quest app – a link is available on the YouTube video. They can journey through the futuristic worlds on the record whilst experiencing exclusive live performances, including a special version of the band’s single “No Bad Days.”