Bastille, ‘Bad Blood’: Fall Music Preview 2013

Courtesy of the Fun Star

Release Date: Sept. 3
Label: Virgin Records

The defining characteristic of “Pompeii,” the breakout single from U.K. alt-rock act Bastille, is its refrain of vocal chants that bulk up the song’s intro and chorus. “I had always tried to get crowds at gigs to help us beef it up, to make it sound as big as possible,” frontman Dan Smith says. The grandiosity of “Pompeii” has helped the song reach the top 10 of Billboard’s Alternative tally, and after focusing on the United Kingdom for months, Bastille will invade North America with a sold-out headlining tour beginning Sept. 16. “We’ve only played a handful of shows so far in America,” Smith says, “so we’re pretty excited about doing as much touring as we can.”

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