Bastille (band)

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Bastille
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Bastille in 2014
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Synthpop, Indietronica
Years active 2010–present
Labels Virgin, Virgin EMI, Capitol Music, Universal Music Group
Associated acts Dan Smith, To Kill A King, TYDE, Annie Oakley Hanging, Will Farquarson
Website bastillebastille.com
Members Dan Smith
Kyle Simmons
Will Farquarson
Chris 'Woody' Wood

Bastille (stylised as BΔSTILLE) are an English rock band formed in London in 2010. They began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The four-piece consists of members; Smith, Chris Wood, William Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. The name of the band derives from Bastille Day – an event celebrated on Smith's birthday, 14 July.[1]

In December 2010, EMI Music announced that they had offered Bastille a record contract with Virgin Records.[2] Their debut single, "Overjoyed" was subsequently released in April 2012. Their first studio album, titled Bad Blood, was released in March 2013 and debuted atop the UK Albums Chart.[3] The band was nominated for four Brit Awards at the 2014 ceremony, including for British Breakthrough Act, British Group, British Single of the Year and British Album of the Year, winning for British Breakthrough Act.[4] As of February 2014, Bastille have sold over 2.07 million records in the UK alone.[5]

History[edit]

Formation and early releases[edit]

The band initially included two other musicians on violin and cello, but dwindled down to the four current members. Smith, Wood, Farquarson, and Simmons played together before the band was started, but all of their first songs were written and recorded by Smith.

Bastille debuted in June 2010 with their limited edition 7"/45 rpm single featuring the two tracks "Flaws" and "Icarus". Released through London-based independent record label, Young & Lost Club, only 300 copies were pressed. This was followed by the release of the EP Laura Palmer later in 2011. The title track was rerecorded in Simlish (the in-game jibberish language) for Electronic Arts' The Sims 3: Supernatural, released in September 2012. After debuting further tracks online through sites such as YouTube and MySpace, the band received a great amount of attention from media and fans. The group subsequently secured a few support slots, and later performed at major UK festivals including Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight, Redfest and Blissfields. Their music has also been used on the TV soap Hollyoaks, Made in Chelsea and The Vampire Diaries.[6]

The band also recorded and released a two part mixtape titled Other People's Heartache for free. The mixtapes featured the band covering songs such as "Titanium" by David Guetta, "No Scrubs (No Angels)" by TLC, and "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac.

Bad Blood and All This Bad Blood (2012–present)[edit]

Bastille in concert at Queens' College May Ball, 2013

On 27 April 2012, their first official single release, "Overjoyed", was released through Virgin Records, as confirmed by EMI on 1 May 2012.[7] Following its video premiere in November 2011, popular music publication, Q Magazine introduced the track as its 'Track of the Day' for 7 March 2012.[8] The second single to be released from the upcoming debut studio album, Bad Blood, was the title-track, "Bad Blood". An accompanying video for the single was released on the band's official VEVO channel on 29 June 2012, and digitally through Virgin Records on 20 August 2012. Bastille were also named 'New Band of the Day' by British newspaper The Guardian in July 2012.[9] The song charted moderately at number 90 in the United Kingdom, and saw the group's first entry into the chart. August 2012 saw the band perform at UK festivals; Reading and Leeds, as well as supporting British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. They later played a small headlining tour, titled 'Flaws Tour' in October 2012, with Swiss Lips as their support act. Their third single, a re-release of their first 7" non-album single "Flaws", was a commercial success, earning the group their first position in the UK Top 40, debuting at number-twenty-one. The song Oblivion was featured in Season 4 Episode 9 of The Vampire Diaries in December 2012.

Dan Smith at Provinssirock festival 2013 in Seinäjoki, Finland

In February 2013, Bastille confirmed the release of the fourth single to be taken from Bad Blood, "Pompeii". The song was positively reviewed by critics, reaching number two in the United Kingdom and number five in the US. Their debut album Bad Blood was released on 4 March 2013, and placed at number one in the UK Albums Chart . On 11 March, Bastille were announced to be playing at Leeds and Reading Festival in August 2013.[10] In an interview with Digital Spy in March 2013, "Laura Palmer" was revealed to be the fifth single to be released from the album, by lead vocalist, Dan Smith.[11] It was released on 3 June 2013, and an accompanying video for the track premiered through the band's official VEVO page on 12 April 2013.[12] The group joined English rock band Muse as a supporting act on their The 2nd Law Tour in May 2013 and did so again in June 2013.[13] In May 2013, Bastille released their Haunt EP in the US via iTunes. On Saturday 6 July the band headlined their first UK summer music festival at Blissfields. [14] Smith was quoted as saying "We're massively excited about our first ever headline slot at a festival. Particularly because we love Blissfields so much, and because they've been so supportive to us over the last couple of years." The performance coincided with the band appearing on the cover of a national music publication, Notion magazine, for the first time. On 24 August 2013, "Things We Lost in the Fire" was released as sixth and the last single from the band's debut album.[15] A music video for the song was shot in Vilnius and Kėdainiai, Lithuania.[16] On 3 September 2013, Bastille released their "Bad Blood" album in the US via iTunes.

On 9 October 2013, Bastille released a new single, "Of the Night", a mash-up of the songs "The Rhythm of the Night" by Corona and "Rhythm Is a Dancer" by Snap!. The single debuted at number two on UK Singles chart. The song was promoting All This Bad Blood, a reissue of the band's debut album, released on 25 November 2013. In January 2013, Bastille did a concert at Emerentia Dam, Johannesburg, South Africa. This was an all day concert having the band play last. The opening acts were South African artists Matthew Mole, Beatenberg and Bed on Bricks. During this concert, lead singer Dan Smith stated that his parents were South African. This concert was one of the biggest concerts ever held at Emerentia Dam.

In January 2014, Will Farquarson said in an interview with Billboard magazine that the band had already started to work on its second album in between tour dates.[17] The band performed on Saturday Night Live on 25 January 2014.

In February 2014, Bastille won the BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act and performed a remixed version of "Pompeii" with Rudimental and their song "Waiting All Night" at the ceremony. Two hours after their appearance, sales of Bad Blood were up by 132% to give them a second week at number one in the UK album chart and "Pompeii" had climbed 29 places in the singles.[18]

On April 1 2014, the Official Charts Company announced that Bad Blood was the biggest selling digital album of 2013, and Number 11 in the over-all Official Artist Albums Top 40 of 2013.[19] Also in April 2014, the band performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. On May 31, 2014 the band took part in the Annual KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California, performing among other bands including The Neighbourhood and Fall Out Boy.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Bastille discography
  • Other People's Heartache (2012)
  • Other People's Heartache, Pt. 2 (2012)
  • All This Bad Blood (2013-14)

Band members[edit]

  • Dan Smith, (1986-07-14) 14 July 1986 (age 27) – lead vocals, keyboards, percussion (floor toms), producer, songwriter
  • Kyle Simmons, (1988-02-05) 5 February 1988 (age 26) – keyboards, percussion, bass, backing vocals, synthesizers
  • William Farquarson, (1983-09-22) 22 September 1983 (age 30) – bass, keyboards, guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris "Woody" Wood, (1985-07-06) 6 July 1985 (age 29) – drums, backing vocals
Additional personnel
  • Polly Comber (Black Fox Management) - Manager
  • Josh Smith (Black Fox Management) - Manager
  • Paul "Coop" Cooper – Live engineer
  • Jamie Thompson - Lighting Designer
  • Tom Middleton – Filmographer
  • Martin McAndrew – Stage crew
  • Ben Kingman - Monitor Engineer
  • Will Dart – Lighting engineer
  • Dick Meredith - Tour manager
  • Gregory Nolan - Photographer
  • Mark Crew - Producer

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2013 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Push[20] Themselves Nominated
Best New[21] Themselves Nominated
2014 APRA Music Awards International Work of the Year "Pompeii" Pending
Billboard Music Awards New Artist of the Year[22] Themselves Nominated
Brit Awards British Breakthrough Act[23] Themselves Won
British Group[24] Nominated
British Single of the Year[25] "Pompeii" Nominated
British Album of the Year[26] "Bad Blood" Nominated
iHeart Radio Music Awards Alt Rock Song of the Year[27] "Pompeii" Nominated
JIMtv Jimmie Awards International Breakthrough[28] Themselves Won
Band International [29] Themselves Nominated
Album International [30] "Bad Blood" Nominated
mtvU Woodie Awards Best Cover Woodie[31] Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" Won
Breaking Woodie[32] Themselves Nominated
World Music Awards Best Song[33] "Of the Night" Nominated
"Pompeii" Nominated
Best Video[34] "Of the Night" Nominated
"Pompeii" Nominated
Best Album[35] "Bad Blood" Nominated
Best Group[36] Themselves Nominated
Best Live Act[37] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bastille’s storming success". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 February 2014
  2. ^ EMI Music | Bastille and Eric Prydz join Virgin Records
  3. ^ 2013-03-16 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts
  4. ^ "Brits 2014: Nominations in full". Bastille also performed with Rudimental at the Brits. BBC News. Retrieved 9 January 2014
  5. ^ Myers, Justin (19 February 2014). "The BRIT Awards 2014: The biggest selling nominees revealed". Official Charts Company. 
  6. ^ "With the launch of their debut album ‘Bad Blood’, Bastille’s day in the sun has arrived… the first of many". JOE.ie. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Overjoyed Bastille release debut Virgin single". EMI. 
  8. ^ Bastille – Overjoyed – Track Of The Day – QTheMusic.com
  9. ^ New band of the day – No 1,316: Bastille | Music | guardian.co.uk
  10. ^ Green Day, Phoenix, Bastille & more for Reading/Leeds festivals 2013 | Metro News
  11. ^ Bastille to release 'Laura Palmer' as new single – listen – Music News – Digital Spy
  12. ^ Bastille – Laura Palmer – YouTube
  13. ^ "Bastille added to the line up in the UK". Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Bastille added to the line up in the UK". Retrieved 4 Feb 2013. 
  15. ^ 24 August 2013 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Bastille
  16. ^ Watch: Bastille's new video for 'Things We Lost In The Fire'
  17. ^ Graff, Gary (20 January 2014). "Bastille Working On Sophomore Album In Between Tour Dates". Billboard. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Myers, Justin (20 February 2014). "BRITs 2014 stars see hefty sales uplift overnight". Official Charts Company. 
  19. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/the-official-top-40-biggest-selling-artist-albums-of-2014-so-far-2874/
  20. ^ "MTV EMA 2013 :: Winners". Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "MTV EMA 2013 :: Winners". Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Finalist List - Billboard Music Awards 2014". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Brits 2014: Winners in Full". Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "Brits 2014: Winners in Full". Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "Brits 2014: Winners in Full". Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "Brits 2014: Winners in Full". Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  27. ^ "iHeart Radio Music Awards". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "JIMtv Jimmie Awards". Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  29. ^ "Nominaties JIMMIES bekend gemaakt". Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Nominaties JIMMIES bekend gemaakt". Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards | Winners". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  32. ^ "2014 mtvU Woodie Awards | Winners". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  33. ^ "World Music Awards :: WMA 2014". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  34. ^ "World Music Awards :: WMA 2014". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  35. ^ "World Music Awards :: WMA 2014". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  36. ^ "World Music Awards :: WMA 2014". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  37. ^ "World Music Awards :: WMA 2014". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 

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