Alpaugh, Micah. Bastille put on another spectacular performance at Stage AE last Sunday, and I hope they continue to include Pittsburgh on their tours because they’re a group you won’t want to miss.
bastille tour opener – Place De La Bastille
More than any other event of the eighteenth century, the French Revolution, which began in 1789, changed the face of modern politics across Europe and the world. The lineup: Dan Smith (vocals, instruments), plus band. And it all began one July day when the people of Paris captured a fourteenth-century gothic prison known as the Bastille. The songs on his new album, “Doom Days,” all take place during a single night.
This print, with its key and short text outlining the history of the Bastille purports to educate its viewers about what took place on 14th July 1789 and to place the events within a historical framework. Yet we cannot read it as a dispassionate account of the Bastille’s capture. Rather this print belongs to a large body of imagery that sought to glorify and give epic status to an event that, in itself, was of limited significance. The importance of the fall of the Bastille was largely symbolic, for it was easily interpreted as a sign of the French people’s triumph over the forces of despotism.
Attendees will see France’s tricolor flag, hear the French motto Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité (liberty, equality and fraternity”) and break into singing La Marseillaise—all popular symbols of France that had their origins in the heady days of the French Revolution.
In the aftermath of the storming of the Bastille, the prison fortress was systematically dismantled until almost nothing remained of it. A de facto prisoner from October 1789 onward, Louis XVI was sent to the guillotine a few years later—Marie Antoinette’s beheading followed shortly thereafter.
The 3D Timecope terminal (located on the corner of boulevard Richard Lenoir) makes for a unique experience. It has a 360° view, its height can be adjusted for the user and plunges them into the Place de la Bastille as it was in 1446! Price: €2. More information at – Email: [email protected] – Telephone: +33 (0) 6 80 12 89 26.
Let’s be honest: the typical Bastille listener is not going to read this review. We don’t look to this London synth-pop group for musical innovation or critical merit Rather, Bastille’s biggest strength is its ability to craft songs that are both danceable and tinged with a hint of existential dread, creating the perfect atmosphere for listeners to simultaneously channel and escape from such a feeling. Consequently, given that today’s young adults are the first generation to have grown up with the fear and anxiety promoted by ubiquitous social and news media, it’s no surprise that Bastille has been able to use this formula to become one of the most popular bands of the 2010s.
The band started in the summer of 2012 when Little Daylight’s Nikki, Matt, and Eric spent a month at an upstate lake house, sketching the ideas that would become their first singles. Since then, they have stayed true to their DIY approach, even creating the video for their first single “Overdose” themselves. A few days after Hurricane Sandy, Little Daylight took to the street with a team of friends armed with cameras. While Con Edison attempted to restore power, the band raced against the clock, shooting in darkened neighborhoods as Nikki danced in the shadows without a plan or pretence. The result was a clip that captured an infectious, after-hours joie de vivre and further communicated the band’s singular perspective.
One of the most visually striking moments of the night comes in Two Evils”, where Dan Smith climbs up a ladder onstage as a spotlight singles him out and darkens everything around him and an immense blood moon is projected behind him. It’s a contemplative moment, with every word he sings carrying a necessary added weight. But the gravity of the song is expertly diffused as they follow it up with Happier”, their Marshmello collaboration that exploded in the charts last year. It’s one of the songs the audience reacts to the most, naturally.
Admittedly, the remains of the Bastille prison are probably not going to feature that highly on anyone’s list of must see historical sites in Paris. As meagre as they are, however, they are there for anyone wanting to visit the site of the Parisian uprising of 14 July 1789. For anyone interested in the history of Paris, the Carnavalet Museum, which is not that far from Place de la Bastille, is a must.
The French national holiday of Bastille Day— celebrated each year on July 14 , or le quatorze juillet—may spell fireworks and and a large military parade for some , but for most, it still marks the anniversary of the storming of a grand fortress that was infamous for holding political prisoners, during the first moments of the French Revolution in Paris in 1789.
And, as we celebrate the 225th anniversary, the taking of the Bastille reminds us that on the long, bumpy road toward representative democracy—that is, on the road toward the rule with the consent and for the benefit of the people—it is sometimes easier to strike down the visible signs of authoritarian power than to deal with the complicated, often shadowy sources of that power. And, after it took the French the better part of a century to embed the democratic ideals of 1789, the Bastille prompts us to remember just how hard it is for the voices of the people to be transformed into the enduring instructions of democratic governance and the rule of law.
Almost nothing is left of the Bastille except some remains of its stone foundation that were relocated to the side of Boulevard Henri IV. Historians were critical of the Bastille in the early 19th century, and believe the fortress to have been a relatively well-administered institution, but deeply implicated in the system of French policing and political control during the 18th century.
In this painting , the King (the lion) is constitutionally tamed, while the First (the Clergy) and the Second (the Nobles) Estates are dancing to the tune of the Third Estate, that is of the people. Bastille never disappoints. I sang so much my throat still hurts 2 days after.
In the days and weeks following 14 July the revolutionaries were undecided about what to do with the Bastille. Opinions varied, some wanted the fortress destroyed, others wanted to occupy it as a fort, while others wanted to preserve it as a reminder of the revolution. By November most of the Bastille had been destroyed. For die-hard fans of French or Parisian history, there are still some remains of the Bastille visible.
Smith, who originally wanted to be a journalist and write about movies, will turn 33 this Sunday, July 14, which is Bastille Day in France. The holiday marks a key moment in the French Revolution and is also how the band got its name.
Consequently because of its history, Place de la Bastille has been associated with revolution and dissent ever since the events of July 1789. Still today political protests and marches make a strong symbolic point by starting out here.
Bastille Day is a public holiday in France so post offices, banks, and many businesses are closed. Restaurants and cafes outside of tourist areas may also be closed. However, bakeries and some stores in Paris, as well as at airports and railway stations and along major highways, are open.
Frontman Dan Smith has pitched his band’s third album as somewhat of a concept album The story supposedly follows a night of partying in the middle of the apocalypse, beginning at Quarter Past Midnight” and staying out past 4AM.” On paper, this on-the-nose contextualization reveals a band hyper-aware of its role in music, and you have to respect a group of artists that plays to their strengths. The problem with Doom Days” is that Bastille seems to have forgotten that playing to your strengths and taking risks are not mutually exclusive, and the result is a collection of almost entirely uninteresting songs.
On July 14, 1789, the people of Paris seized not only a prison, but also control over their own historical memory, too. It is this sudden blooming of subjects into citizens, willing and able not only to change history, but also to contribute to its writing, which set the precedent for all the revolutions of the modern age.
The French recognize Bastille Day as the end of the monarchy and beginning of the modern republic The lasting significance of the event was in its recognition that power could be held by ordinary citizens, not in the king or in God.
Their triumphant 2013 ended with another number two UK hit single, “Of The Night,” an engagingly modern twist on two 90s Eurodance classics, Corona’s “Rhythm Of The Night” and Snap!’s “Rhythm Is A Dancer,” a mash-up first included on the band’s “highly illegal” (says Smith) downloadable mixtapes ‘Other People’s Heartache, Vols I & II.’ They released (the highly legal) ‘Vs. (Other People’s Heartache vol 3)’ last December, which featured collaborations with chart-straddling artists like Haim, and up-and-coming talent such as MNEK. The three mixtapes delivered tracks that have topped the Hype Machine chart 12 times.
The band had never before experienced the kind of worldwide smash it did when lead singer Dan Smith teamed with DJ Marshmello on the 2018 single, Happier. Smart enough to quickly build on that kind of priceless exposure, Bastille released its third studio album, Doom Days, in June.
In the summer of 1789, Paris was at a boil. The people had been suffering from food shortages and the weight of taxes used to pay King Louis XVI’s vast debts. And they found themselves in the midst of unprecedented political turmoil caused by the opening of the Estates General, France’s Parliament, for the first time in more than one hundred years. Many Parisians were also angered by the dismissal of the popular minister Jacques Necker on 11 July. But what really stirred them was the fact that, since the beginning of June 1789, Louis XVI had concentrated troops around Paris.
Bastille broke through with 2013’s Pompeii,” an emotional, bombastic stomper that has racked up more than 27 million YouTube views. The band took a darker turn for their new album Doom Days, a concept album about how to have fun and find escapism during an apocalypse.