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Bastille is a group from South London, England that formed in 2010. Bastille started out as a solo project by Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The quartet consists of Dan Smith, Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. The name of the band comes from Bastille Day, which was the day when Smith was born. Bastille released their latest album, ‘Bad Blood’, on 4 March 2013 in the U.K. to international critical acclaim.

Bastille debuted in June 2011 with their 7” single, “Flaws”/”Icarus” (released on Young & Lost Club). This was then followed by their EP ‘Laura Palmer’ later in 2011. After adding a few more tracks online, the band received a lot of attention from fans on the web, helping secure some support slots. During the summer of 2011, they performed at a number of major UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, and Blissfields.

On 27 April 2012, “Overjoyed” came out, being the debut Virgin Records single from Bastille. This was confirmed by EMI on 1 May 2012. After the video release of “Overjoyed” on YouTube, ‘Q Magazine’ introduced the song as its track of the day for 7 March 2012. Fans seemingly devoured the tune.

Bad Blood” was released on Virgin Records on 20 August 2012. Following the video release of “Bad Blood” on YouTube, Bastille were named “The New Band of the Day” by writers for ‘The Guardian’ on 25 July 2012.

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