The word Bastille brings to mind revolution, change and the storming of the old by the spirit of the new. When London-based singer/songwriter Dan Smith called his band Bastille, he was merely thinking of his birthday, July 14, France’s Bastille Day. But for one of the biggest British acts in the world right now, with hindsight Smith’s choice seems an ominously apt metaphor for their dramatic impact. The omens that Bastille would make an indelibly huge mark were there long before their 2013 debut album Bad Blood entered the UK charts at number one. Formed by Smith after recruiting keyboard player Kyle Simmons, bassist Will Farquarson and drummer Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, while they only pressed 300 copies of their 2011 independent debut single ‘Flaws’, its accompanying video, edited by Smith using clips from Terrence Malick’s 1973 cult classic Badlands, scored half a million hits on YouTube and critics’ great reviews. Three singles later they were selling-out their first headline UK tour before their album was even released and their fourth single, ‘Pompeii’, has become one of the alternative anthems of the last few years, selling more than ten million singles worldwide. The album, Bad Blood, followed, smashing in at number one in the UK charts and staying in the top twenty for 2 years. It achieved double platinum status in the UK, and gold in the US. It was the most downloaded album of 2013, and the second most-streamed. Bastille easily deals with music genres, you can hear it on another hit single, ‘Of The Night’, an engagingly modern twist on two 90s Eurodance classics, Corona’s ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ and Snap!’s ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer’, a mash-up first included on the band’s downloadable mixtapes Other People’s Heartache, Vols I & II. Wild World, their second studio album was released in September 2016 and was one of the most awaited records of the year.

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