Bastille are an English alternative rock band that formed in London in 2010.  The band began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to turn the project into a band.  The band is made up of Daniel Smith (lead vocals, keyboards, percussion, vocals), Kyle Simmons (keyboards, percussion, bass, backing vocals), William Farquarson (bass, keyboards, acoustic guitar, backing vocals) and Chris “Woody” Wood (drums, backing vocals).  The bands name is derived from the event Bastille Day, which is celebrated on Smith’s birthday.

Bastille’s debuted in June 2010 with their first official singles “Flaws” and “Icarus” on their limited edition 7″/45 rpm record.  The record was produced through the London-based independent record label, ‘Young & Lost Club’ were only 300 of the records were pressed.  This was followed by the release of the EP “Laura Palmer” in 2011.  After debuting their future tracks online through sites such as YouTube and MySpace, the band received a great amount of media attention and fans.  The group later secured a few support slots at shows and later, performed at major UK festivals including Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight and Blissfields.

On April 27, 2012, their first official release “Overjoyed,” was released through Virgin Records on May 1, 2012.  In November 2011, the popular music publication, Q Magazine introduced “Overjoyed” as their Track of the Day on March 7, 2012.  Bastille was also named “New Band of the Day” by the British newspaper, The Guardian, in July 2012.  Their second single, the title-track, “Bad Blood,” charted moderately at 90 in the UK, and was one of the groups first entries into the charts.  They performed their new singles off their upcoming album at UK festivals; Reading and Leeds, as well as helped support fellow British singer-songwriter Emeli Sande.  They later played a small headlining tour titled the “Flaws Tour” in October 2012 with “Swiss Lips” as their support act.  Their third single, “Flaws,” was a commercial success, earning the group their first position in the UK Top 40 at number 21.

In February 2013, Bastille released their fourth single off of their upcoming “Bad Blood” album.  “Pompeii” was positively reviewed by critic and reached number two in the UK.  Their debut album followed a week later at the end of their “Bad Blood Tour” and debuted at number one in the UK Albums Chart.  The group joined the English rock band “Muse” as a supporting act on their “The 2nd Law Tour” in May 2013 and toured with them again in June 2013.  In May 2013, Bastille released their “Haunt” EP in the US through Itunes.  Their sixth and last single from “Bad Blood,” “Things We Lost in the Fire,” was released on August 24, 2013.  The band’s debut album was released in the US on September 3, 2013 through Itunes.  On October 9, 2013, Bastille released a new single, “Of the Night,” which is 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 2 on the UK Top 40.  It will be featured on their next collection album, “All This Bad Blood,” which will be released on November 25.

This band has a lot of potential and I just can’t stop listing to their most popular single “Pompeii.”  It’s tribal beat and happy, upbeat vocals are just to catchy.  I feel like this band definitely has the capability to become huge.  Right now they are still trying to find their musical identity but if their popularity and fanbase is any indication of how successful this band will be.  I’d say that they will soon become household names.

Keep an eye out for these guys and check out their biggest hits below including my personal favorite, “Pompeii.”