In Warfield performance, Bastille refuses to settle

Photos by Jon Ching Four times since July 2013, England electronic pop quartet Bastille has passed through the Bay Area. And in that time, the band's local fan base has grown exponentially.  From a room of about 200 at Popscene, to the Great American Music Hall, to Live 105's Not So Silent Night in December, and finally to Thursday night's absolutely packed Warfield. That's 2,300 screaming fans, many of them teens and tweens. Bastille is no longer simply an indie pop band. It's an indie pop band whose lead single ("Pompeii") is played in grocery stores and gyms and has [...]

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Review & Videos: Bastille, Nightmare and the Cat, Little Daylight @ Great American Music Hall, 9/19/13

For their first show of their previous tour in the U.S., England’s much hyped Bastille arrived in San Francisco with vocalist-band leader Dan Smith suffering with the flu. An in-store performance at Amoeba Records was cancelled so Smith could save his voice for that night’s show at Popscene. It didn’t help. Smith’s voice cracked two songs in, and the apologies began, before and after each song of an abbreviated set. While he didn’t sound bad, he appeared tired and in pain, and his band mates surrounded him, as if protecting him from germs floating around Rickshaw Stop. Or, as Smith [...]

Interview: UK electronic pop band Bastille is obsessed with history, film, and Mexican food

It’s appropriate that the popularity of a band with a song about the fiery destruction of an ancient city began to blossom during a storm. Londoners Bastille were playing at a 500-capacity tent at the U.K.’s Isle of Wright about a month after they began gigging as a band. The tent was empty, until it started to pour. By the time they were done, no room remained. “It was, at the time, amazing to play to that many people in one go,” 26-year-old Bastille vocalist and keyboardist Dan Smith said. Smith doesn’t credit the downpour for boosting the band to [...]

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