During the festive period I had the opportunity to catch up with some friends and listen to some new music. My girlfriend Izzie, a Brighton local with good music taste, played me a track from a South London band called Bastille. From then on I’ve been a bit hooked.
Bastille were formed in 2010, starting out as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, whose voice reminds me so much of Jack Penate, another South Londoner. There is just something so distinctly London about both of their singing styles. After some time, Dan decided to create a band with Chris “Woody” Wood, Will Farquarsont and Kyle Simmons. The band are named after Bastille Day, the day Dan Smith was born.
In December 2011 the group were signed to EMI music. Following the video release of their debut album Bad Blood on YouTube, the Guardian named them the New Band of the Day, 25/7/12. Since then they have performed at Reading and Leeds festival (among others), sold out the Autumn show at Koko in London and will be supporting Emeli Sandé later on this year. They even played at the Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival in Hong Kong, a fantastic opportunity for any up and coming music act.
Their song Flaws featured in my favourite television show Made In Chelsea. I particularly love their cover of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, featuring Gabrielle Aplin – a young British singer famous for her astounding cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Power of Love, specially recorded for the John Lewis Christmas 2012 advert.
Bastille have also covered the r&b classic No Scrubs by TLC, against a backdrop of Angels by The XX and featuring vocals from up and coming London based singer Ella Eyre. The song, aptly called No Angels, is simply beautiful and on loop in my flat.
Though their sound is very much indie, judging from a few of their covers, the band has somewhat of an r’n’b influence. Enjoy some links below from their stuff on YouTube, featuring some more interesting covers. Look out for this band as I reckon they are the next big alternative act to come from the UK.