With the launch of their debut album 'Bad Blood', Bastille's day in the sun has arrived... the first of many 8 years ago

With the launch of their debut album 'Bad Blood', Bastille's day in the sun has arrived... the first of many

JOE takes a look at four Londoners driven by a man with a brilliant quiff and an awesome voice, on the road to success – Bastille.

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By Genna Patterson

London neo-synth pop group Bastille have released their new album 'Bad Blood' with its single 'Pompeii' reaching number five in the UK charts already and number 3 in the Live iTunes Top Ten. The band may have only been playing together a brief three years, but they have managed to amass a huge festival following and an impressive collection of music.

Bastille’s new album, ‘Bad Blood’ features the new chart hit ‘Pompeii’, a catchy, 80’s–esque tune that is sure to get folk dancing about the place with it’s playful synth pokes. The band were formed by singer/ songwriter Dan Smith (the quiffed one) in 2010 and named themselves Bastille as Smith was born on Bastille day - July 14. The band includes Smith, Chris 'Woody' Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons.

Bastille have already become favourites at Glastonbury and The Isle of Wight festival and supported Brit Award winner Emeli Sande last year. They signed to Virgin Records in December 2011 and their songs have been slowly sneaking into mainstream via TV shows such as The Vampire Diaries (Oblivion), Made in Chelsea (Flaws) and Hollyoaks (Get Home).

Bastille have also been supporting Two Door Cinema Club on tour recently and covered an impressive mash-up of some Bruno Mars, The XX and Rihanna in the BBC Live Lounge.

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To buy Bastille’s new album ‘Bad Blood’ click here.