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; Dan 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.
In December 2010, EMI Music announced that they had offered Bastille a record contract with Virgin Records. 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. 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.
As of February 2014, Bastille have sold over 2.07 million records in the UK alone.
Performing on Saturday Night Live this week is the emerging rock band, Bastille. The English quartet is making waves here in the U.S. following the release of their buzzworthy debut album,Bad Blood. On the record, they’ve blended together an unique mix of rock, alt, EDM and R&B sounds. In 2013, the group scored a year-end charter with “Pompeii” and have been enjoying more radio play thanks to their latest offering, “Things We Lost in the Fire.” With SNL about to expose to mainstream attention, it’s time to get to know your new favorite band.
1. Bastille is big into history. The group’s name is inspired by Bastille Day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution. (It also also happens to be frontman Daniel Smith’s birthday.) Meanwhile, several of the band’s songs play on historical events: “Pompeii” is inspired by the Roman town engulfed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and “Icarus” plays on the character in Greek mythology who flew too close to the sun.
2. The band loves covering other artists. Over the past few years, they have taken on tunes by City High, Miley Cyrus, Frank Ocean and TLC.
3. The band draws inspiration from the David Lynch TV series, Twin Peaks. “Laura Palmer” is the second UK single and is named after the show’s ill-fated character. The video even plays on the images from the show with Smith in a rubber mask similar to Killer BOB.
4. Bastille is in a short film with Rihanna. To be more exact: bassist William Farquarson and a Rihanna poster share an intimate moment in the film, La Ri En Rose.
5. The band is already working on their second album. According to Billboard, Bastille is recording new songs between tour dates. Fans attending live shows can expect to hear new music as they ready tracks for the next record. In the meantime, the group released “Of the Night,” a mashup of “The Rhythm of the Night” and “Rhythm Is a Dancer,” as a placeholder.