Having already released two DIY singles “Empty House” and “Black-Eyed Dog” earlier this year and working their way round establishing their presence on the London live circuit which has thus far included sold out shows at The Victoria and The Finsbury as well as noteworthy nights at The Sebright Arms and The Lexington, Bastien appear a band primed and ready to stretch further in 2023.

Mixing elements of new wave, soft rock, psych and jangle pop, the four-piece have drawn comparisons to bands such as The Field Mice, Teenage Fanclub, and REM, the band are releasing their first single, “Green Garden” ahead of their debut EP.

Speaking about the single, Bastien lead vocal/guitarist Seb Pettitt:

“The song is a sort of meditation on social anxiety; how you can be excited for something and dread it simultaneously. How the best-laid plans can ‘oft go awry’ to quote Robert Burns.”

Promising to solve all the world’s problems by making killer music, look out for Bastien’s debut EP, Stroud Green Stoop, out soon.


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.