SPOTLIGHT ON: Bastille

March 4, 2014
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They’re the latest phenomenon to hit the music scene and another offering from the British Invasion currently taking place on the charts. Recently crowned British Breakthrough Act at this year’s BRIT Awards, Bastille is an up-and-comer to watch.

The band, based in London and consisting of members Dan Smith, Chris Wood, William Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons, is perhaps best known for their smash hit single “Pompeii”, which charted at number two in the UK and number six in the US and introduced the world to what would soon become the latest British breakout band. Their music can best be described as a fusion of alternative, indie, and rock – likely what it would sound like if Imagine Dragons met The Script. In other words, they’re a fantastic group.

It all began in June 2010 when Bastille released their songs “Flaws” and “Icarus” through independent record label ‘Young & Lost Club’. Despite only releasing 300 copies, the band continued recording, and went on to release the EP Laura Palmer in 2011. With the help of social media (as is often the case these days), Bastille began to garner well-deserved attention from legions of music fans and media members the world over, which consequently led to gigs at major UK events like the Isle of Wight and Blissfields festivals. The band’s growing fan base and popularity eventually led to a record deal with Virgin Records, from which their début album Bad Blood was finally released in 2013.

With Bad Blood’s third single “Flaws” came their début on the Billboard Top 40 charts, closely followed by the release of “Pompeii”. It was after these two significant milestones in their history that the band members would soon find their lives forever changed when their music went viral and they found themselves in a whirlwind of success and recognition.

Bad Blood has now sold over 2 million copies in the UK, and its success and sheer brilliance earned the group 4 nominations at the 2014 BRITs (including their win for British Breakthrough, two hours after which sales of their album improved by a whopping 132%). The group performed on Saturday Night Live this past January, and are well on their way to success on an international level.

You can currently catch them on tour in Europe and North America, where they will be performing shows in between recording their sophomore album. It’s safe to say that Bastille has solidified their stance on the international music charts, and can only climb higher from here.

Have you gotten your copy of Bad Blood yet?

 

-Shelley DeHekker

@shelleydehekker

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