Bastille – the top-selling debut act of 2013 in the U.K. – will launch its first-ever North American headline tour on September 16 at the House of Blues in San Diego. The run, which will include shows at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre (September 18) and the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY (September 27), will wrap up at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on September 30.
Dan Smith, the creative force behind Bastille, is a storyteller at heart, whose compositions are heavily influenced by the work of such directors as Dario Argento, David Lynch and Terrence Malick and authors Ian McEwan, Hubert Selby, Jr. and Brett Easton Ellis. Chris Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons complete Bastille’s lineup. While each has their main role in Bastille, they effortlessly trade places on vocals, keyboards and percussion, creating a musical tapestry interlaced with texture and experimentation. The band, which has opened for such artists as Two Door Cinema Club, Foster The People and Muse, will play numerous European festivals this summer, including Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park and more.
"Smith and Bastille really deliver," said BBC Music.
The song ‘Overjoyed,’ was tapped as "Track of the Day" by Q, which noted: "[Bastille's] bewitching mixture of softly delivered vocals and glitchy tracks creates an impressive atmosphere."
"Like the metaphysical cinema it is influenced by, the soundscapes of Bastille are ambitious in scope yet veiled with a distinct intimacy," observed the Independent.