5 Things To Know About Bastille, Your New Favorite Band

Performing on Saturday Night Live this week is the emerging rock band, Bastille. The English quartet is making waves here in the U.S. following the release of their buzzworthy debut album, Bad Blood. On the record, they’ve blended together an unique mix of rock, alt, EDM and R&B sounds. In 2013, the group scored a year-end charter with “Pompeii” and have been enjoying more radio play thanks to their latest offering, “Things We Lost in the Fire.” With SNL about to expose to mainstream attention, it’s time to get to know your new favorite band.

1. Bastille is big into history. The group’s name is inspired by Bastille Day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution. (It also also happens to be frontman Daniel Smith’s birthday.) Meanwhile, several of the band’s songs play on historical events: “Pompeii” is inspired by the Roman town engulfed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and “Icarus” plays on the character in Greek mythology who flew too close to the sun.

2. The band loves covering other artists. Over the past few years, they have taken on tunes by City High, Miley Cyrus, Frank Ocean and TLC.

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