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British alternative rock band Bastille has released a new song titled "Quarter Past Midnight" from their still-untitled upcoming album due to come out this year.

The track came out on music streaming sites on May 9, Wednesday. An audio-only entry was also uploaded on YouTube.

New Album

In October, the band confirmed in an interview that the album was pretty much completed.

"[W]e're going to head back into the studio in the next few weeks," drummer Chris Wood said on The 72 via NME. "The [new] album is pretty much written in some way shape or form but we need to go and make it and record it."

In an interview with BBC Radio 1 to announce their new single, Bastille lead singer Dan Smith explained the process that went behind the recording of the new album. He claims that this is their first record wherein each member of the band had to be in one place and work together.

They spent five months in London for the recording of the still-untitled new album. It's notably the longest time the four of them spent together since the release of their 2013 debut, Bad Blood.

"I know it sounds ridiculous but for us it was such a massive novelty," he explained.

Out And About

As of this writing, no release date has been announced but the band has been teasing their new music in the past few weeks. On May 2, they logged onto Twitter and whet the appetite of fans by posting photos between 12 midnight to a quarter past midnight.

The photos show digital clocks all over a city.

In a press release, Smith added that "Quarter Past Midnight" is about the different stories of people who wade the streets either to go home or to party.

"It became about being in someone's car, driving through the city. I wanted to try and capture that sense of excitement, and that rush," the singer stated. "It's way easier to escape in the night time. Places that aren't normally open are open to the world, and the places that you associate with reality and work are all shut down. There's a parallel universe that exists, and this other set of people who are out and about."

This is not the band's first new music since 2016's Wild World. The band also released a song titled "World Gone Mad," which was included in the original soundtrack of Will Smith's Netflix Original movie Bright.

Listen to "Quarter Past Midnight Below."

 

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