UK chart-toppers Bastille might just be the freshest "new" band of 2013, that hopefully will become a household name. Formed in 2010, Bastille began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The band's name derives from Bastille Day, an event that recognizes the Storming of the Bastille in Paris, which happens to be the same date (July 14) that lead vocalist Dan Smith was born.
If you can imagine Coldplay, Keane, and Glee's The Warblers having a baby, then Bastille would be that super-talented offspring. Smith, known for his gravity-defying hairstyle, is still humbled by the reception of their album and hitting #1.
Their first studio album Bad Blood was released in March and features triumphant melancholic anthems, including their hit song "Pompeii," as well as their debut single "Overjoyed," amongst others. Personally, I'm a huge fan of "Poet" from Pompeii Remixes EP, which I encourage you to check out.
I can't wait to see this talented band on Mon July 22 at Rickshaw Stop in SF, a week after Bastille Day! If you want to see an amazing show with a truly talented band, then get your tickets now before this show sells out!
Just to see how amazing this band is, I encourage you to see them perform "Overjoyed" Acapella below. Be even more impressed watching Acapella version of "Pompeii" in British Museum -- the building echoing acoustics just add to the song!