In 2010 the UK band Bastille was formed in London by William Farquarson, Chris Wood, Dan Smith and Kyle Simmons. The name originated from the birthday of Dan Smith which fell on the 14th of July which is the French Bastille Day. In December 2010 Bastille was offered a recording contract by EMI with Virgin Records. The band’s 7” 45rpm single featured ‘Flaws’ and ‘Icarus’, followed by the EP ‘Laura Palmer’ released in 2011 by an Independent record label based in London. This was recorded in ‘Simlish’ an in-game gibberish language for Electronic Arts: ‘The Sims 3 Supernatural’ which was released in September 2012. The music was used on TV soap Hollyoaks, Made in Chelsea and The Vampire Diaries. The band also released for free a recording in two part mixtape: ‘Other People’s Heartache’.
Their first official single was released by Virgin Records in April 2012 was ‘Overjoyed’. Bastille released their second single ‘Bad Blood’ in June 2012 off their debut album titled ‘Bad Blood’, together with an accompanying video. Bastille was named the ‘New Band of the Day’ in July 2012. February 2013 a fourth single ‘Pompeii’ was released from ‘Bad Blood’, which reached #2 in the UK and #5 in America. Their album ‘Bad Blood’ reached #1 in the British Album Charts. May saw Bastille release ‘Haunt’ an EP via iTunes in America. Their sixth and last single to be released was ‘Things We Lost in the Fire’ from the album.
Bastille saw their single ‘Of the Night’ being released in October 2013 and soar to #2 on the UK Singles chart, the song promoting their re-release in November 2013 of the debut album under the name ‘All This Bad Blood’. Bastille won the BRIT Award for the Best Breakthrough Act.
The Official Charts Company announced in April 2014 that ‘Bad Blood’was the biggest selling digital album of 2013 and was #11 in the overall Official Artist Album Top 40 of 2013.
Bastille’s genres are Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Synthpop and Indietronica.