A surprise appearance in the audience at the back of the theater from Bastille frontman Dan Smith, a trampoline-like floor that tossed one into the air, and spontaneous in-unison triangle hand signals floating above heads could not make the band’s April 14 performance at The Chelsea interesting.
Mimicking the “A” in “Bastille,” the young crowd lifted their fingers in support of the British pop rockers, and that’s what they receive for effort.
Shining down from the ceiling, a spotlight suddenly drew all eyes away from the stage and into the seats, where a singing Smith was illuminated. Up until that moment, there was little reason to see the band live, as the musicians sounded just as they would if you were listening to them in the car or at the dentist office. The talent wasn’t missing, but a connection was.
Fans waited until the final moments to hear the song from the band that narrowly fits into nearly every genre, making it wildly popular (and wildly overplayed). “Pompeii” closed out the evening, and—just like the rest of the set—it was predictable. After everyone in the building sang along to every word, the venue instantly emptied. There was no encore, and unlike most shows, attendees did not wait in anticipation of one.