Bastille: the band to watch out for

Samantha Merritt

Bastille seem to have waded through all the hot new bands of 2012 and come up triumphant. You could put this down to sheer perseverance of getting their music out there, there social media presence is second to none, or it may be because of the sheer brilliance of this young band.

Formed in London in 2010, the band started out as a solo project by singer/ songwriter Dan Smith but has now turned into a successful ‘neo-synth’ alternative group. The attention around the guys grew when they started to play at some of the big name festivals such as Glastonbury and Isle of Wight, not too bad for a band who had only made their music known online.

Now with the young, hip indie label ‘Young and Lost Club’ they are releasing tracks at every opportune moment, and for free! It was the EP’s Bad Blood and Flaws that first made my ears prick up to this band, both have the similar ‘Bastille sound’ and sound that nobody else seems to be trying. The weird and unique tunes rival even that of eccentric bands Django Django and Alt-J.

I was able to see them perform live at Reading Festival last year and the vocals were what made them stand out on the tiny stage, no they’re not headliners just yet. There was barely a difference from hearing the Bastille sound blaring from my iTunes than them performing it right there and then to the crowd live. This, in my opinion, is the sound of a great singer and performer.

Most recently they have released some even weirder tracks named “Other People’s Heartache pt.1 and pt.2” but it seems to work for the band. To give you an insight as to the ‘weird’ I am referring to they have done covers of David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’ and the 1985 classic ‘Rhythm of the Night’ from R&B band DeBarge (look them up and I promise you will remember them from school disco’s).

They played their new single ‘Pompeii’ at Maida Vale to a great response and even the American’s love them with song ‘Oblivion’ making the soundtrack of hit US show “The Vampire Diaries.” 2012 was just the beginning for Bastille, now people have taken note of this brilliant band then surely the only way is up?

You will be able to buy ‘Pompeii’ when it comes out on 24th February then catch them on tour with Two Door Cinema Club and solo throughout 2013.

  • Nina Francesca

    I absolutely love Bastille and hope to see them live this year at Shepherd’s Bush! Great article.

Samantha Merritt

I recently graduated from Southampton Solent University where I studied magazine journalism. Music and fashion is the name of the game. Read me on blogger: Follow me on twitter: @SamMMerritt

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