Bastille are a band from South London who have been creating quite a buzz lately. They originally started out as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith (The guy with the bad bed hair) back in 2010, who later decided that he wanted to push him music further and wanted to form a band.
After he had recruited his ragamuffin band together, they worked on new material to play as band. The newly formed Bastille debuted some non album material in June 2011 with their 7″ single, Flaws/Icarus. This was shortly followed by their Laura Palmer EP later in 2011. Shortly after putting a few more tracks online, the band started to turn some heads in the industry and gained a lot of attention, helping secure some support slots.
Armed with their heavily 80’s inspired melodies and anthemic choruses, their blazing run into the music conciseness earned them some festival slot during the summer of 2011. They performed at a number of major UK festivals, gracing the stages at Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Blissfields.
Their momentum didn’t slow down into the new year, as they headed into the studio to record some singles with Virgin Records. On 27th April 2012, their debut single “Overjoyed” was released. Then on 20th August, their second single ‘Bad Blood’ was released. Following the video release of the single on youtube, Bastille were named the New Band of the day, by the ‘Guardian’ news.
Again Bastille dusted off their instruments to hit the festival scene, performing at the likes of Reading and Leeds Festivals in August. They also played the the iTunes festival on the 5th september, opening up for Emeli Sande which really pushed the band into the mainstream. Shortly after, they announced an October 2012 headline tour, where band Swiss Lips will be supporting them.
For all of you who are reading through this and are thing “that I haven’t heard of this band”, you may recognise their dual cover of both Snap!’s ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ and Corona’s ‘The Rhythm of the Night’. This gem of theirs was used to advertise the latest of Dancing on Ice in the run up to its 2013 series. This choice to use their cover on the t.v. advert has shot them into the mainstream as people sat at home over the christmas listening to the song on t.v.
They will be supporting Two Door Cinema Club on their UK tour throughout January/February 2013 while embarking on their own headline tour throughout the year, leading up to the release of their debut album ‘Bad Blood’ on 4th March.
This band has been nothing but a delight to watch, as they grasp you with their unbelievably catchy songs which has some deep lyrical themes. I hope you’ve got your tickets to see them, they are not a band to miss. I’ve made sure I’ve got mine. Doug xx