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Bastille are an Alternative Rock band from South London, England. They started out as an outlet for singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who previously had been writing songs with Nick Littlemore of Empire of the Sun while signed to Sir Elton John's management company. After deciding to form a band in early 2011, Smith (whose birthday is on Bastille Day - geddit?) was joined by Chris 'Woody' Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. They spent that summer playing to fans at festivals around the UK including Glastonbury and Isle of Wight, before getting signed by Virgin Records on December 1, 2011.
This is their first third single and their first to enter the UK singles chart, peaking at #21.
Dan Smith is a film buff and he spliced together a successful video for this song with clips from Terrence Malick's 1973 film, Badlands. "I like cutting visuals to music," he told NME, "it's quite satisfying. I'm sure I do it in a really clunky and terrible way, but it's fun."
This all-female group of country rockers were on their way to stardom in the '00s, with a Starbucks deal and major label backing.
Jon Anderson of Yes
From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.
Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes
"Great songwriters don't necessarily have hit songs," says Chris. He's written a bunch, but his fans are more interested in the intricate jams.