Over the next 11 weeks I’ll dig deep into the 2014 Coachella Music Festival lineup, featuring one band per day. The purpose of this piece is to assist in difficult decisions that inevitably you’ll need to make, as well as, serve as a fun countdown to Coachella Week. Note: All bands appear in a completely random order… Enjoy, and let the countdown begin!
Day 10 = Bastille
Performing = Friday
Bastille are an English alternative rock band that formed in London in 2010. The group’s name is inspired by Bastille Day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, and also happens to be frontman Daniel Smith’s birthday. The band’s music blends a unique mix of alt-rock, synthpop, EDM, R&B, and EMO. Smith cites Regina Spektor, Bat for Lashes, and Florence Welch as influences, and claims the record label thinks of them as “Coldplay meets Friendly Fires” with an edge.
The band has received significant mainstream radio play, and are currently making their way around the late night TV circuit. Last Saturday, Bastille was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
Bastille released their debut LP Bad Blood back on September 3 in the U.S. The album has yielded six singles, all of which were released prior to the album dropping, talk about building the hype. The band’s most successful single “Pompeii” reached #10 on the U.S. Billboard Charts. Criticized for trying to appeal to too many audiences, the band has received mixed reviews thus far.
Visit the Bastille website here: