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Bastille comes to the US

by EMILY SZPAK Social Media Coordinator

The United Kingdom band Bastille’s new album “Bad Blood” was recently released in the United States on September 3, 2013.

The English rock band was formed in 2010 by singer/songwriter Dan Smith who anticipated going solo, but then decided a band was the way to go. The four men who make up Bastille are Smith, Chris Wood, Kyle Simmons, and Will Farquarson.

Despite the album being released on March 4, 2013 in the UK, the band itself was just introduced to the US, and not many people know their story. Bastille was picked up by an independent record label in July 2011, called Young and Lost club. This is where the band released its first debut single “Flaws”. After becoming very successful during touring, Virgin records signed the group.

The album is definitely full of talent and potential. British boy bands often have great success in the United States, and I can see Bastille doing the same, except for the fact they are an actual band. The music presented on “Bad Blood” is upbeat and modern with a unique rock twist.

The entire album is about losing old friendships; however, you are still carrying around a link to those you lost in your life.

The first track on the “Bad Blood” is “Pompelli”. The “Pompelli” music video has raked in about 36,000 views on YouTube and hit #1 on alternative radio most recently. When the track was first released, it became Bastille’s fourth single. It also reached number 2 in the UK.

My personal favorite on the album is “Weight of Living, Pt II”. This kind of song is a song you could jam out to while driving or doing your homework. The music is meaningful, but not depressing. The video presented with song is very tasteful. Smith’s main goal for his music was to tell stories; however, he is starting to branch out of the music industry and is now starting to make films for his music, as well as starring in them.

The songs on “Bad Blood” each tell their own story and their own meaning. A lot of music today rarely has a story or meaning, so it is refreshing to hear a new sound with a new style of music writing. Smith wanted to incorporate more than one genre that are “tied together by the film itself,” and wanted his album to be nothing short of epic.

Have you heard of Bastille? Give them a listen!

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