“So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?”
The opening words of this song, a quote from the 1985 movie “Weird Science,” can be interpreted in various ways, just like the new single “Good Grief” from the UK-based band Bastille. The indie act established quite a following with their 2013 hits “Pompeii” and “Flaws.” After riding that success train for three years, the group has returned with what seems to be their take on a summer anthem. With an intro dominated by hand claps and a bouncy bass line, it’s hard not to be drawn into the rhythms.
The subject of the track seems to be a lament for a relationship that’s come to a close. The pre-chorus belts out, “What’s gonna be left of the world if you’re not in it?” before launching into the anthemic chorus of “I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more.” The timing of the song’s release prompted the Internet to point out another possible meaning to the track. With the Brexit vote coming to a close on the 23rd of June and the track dropping on the 16th, some have jokingly pointed out that the lyrics can be uncannily applied to the relationship strains felt by the EU and the UK.
While the song is making waves as a summer radio hit, the video has prompted an entirely different set of headlines. The nudity included in the NSFW video has been defended by the band in an interview with Digital Spy. “The video is all about surrealism. It’s an extended dream sequence,” said frontman Dan Smith. There are those that say the nudity is exploitative and sexualized and those that say it’s not. When asked directly why the nudity was included in the video at all, Smith said, “The music video takes scenes and tropes and flips them on their head.” It seems to be more about the portrayal of the topsy turvy nature of a break up than anything else, but you can take a look and decide for yourself.
Bastille will release their new album, Wild World, on September 9th this year.