Bastille's New Song 'Thelma + Louise' Is 'A Love Letter To Feminism'

By Katrina Nattress

August 19, 2021

Bastille's back with another new song, and this one's "a love letter" to its namesake, the classic 1991 feminist film Thelma & Louise. The band premiered the track during YUNGBLUD's BBC Radio 1 takeover.

“It’s this iconic feminist film about freedom, escapism, independence and escaping the worries and problems of life,” singer Dan Smith told YUNGBLUD. “I wanted to write a love letter to that film – a love letter to feminism, escapism and throwing off the shackles of a life that you may be frustrated by.”

“I wrote the tune with a guy called Rami Yacoub, who’s a Swedish [producer/musician] based in the States,” Smith, adding that his “history of songwriting is insane”.

“He went from [Britney Spears‘] ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time,’ which he wrote with Max Martin, right through to working with people like yourself and me. But also he did Lady Gaga‘s last album [Chromatica].”

In addition to the radio premiere, Bastille also shared a live performance video from the Future Inc. headquarters (their fictitious tech company), which you can watch below.

"Thelma + Louise" is the second offering off the band's upcoming fourth album, following "Distorted Light Beam." Though they've yet to detail their new project, Smith has said their first three albums were "a bit of a trilogy" and they planned to "experiment" more on this record.

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