Bad Blood is the first studio album by Bastille, released on the 4th March, 2013 through Virgin Records. It followed the single "Pompeii" which received a large amount of success and has since gone platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the US selling more than two million copies. The album itself did very well also, debuting at number 1 in the UK, and has since gone double platinum.
Two more singles followed on from the album which were "Laura Palmer" and "Things We Lost in the Fire" as well as a US only EP called Haunt. The album was re issued in November 2013 as a double album called All This Bad Blood, which featured Bad Blood, b sides, and new songs. The seventh single from the album is apparently maybe going to be "Oblivion", and a video has been shot for it.
In February 2014, Bastille won the BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act, as well as being nominated for Best British Group, Single of the Year for "Pompeii" and Album of the Year. They performed with Rudimental, and after their performance both "Pompeii" and Bad Blood climbed up the chart, with the album going at number 1 for two weeks.
Background and recording Edit
On the 4th July 2011 they released their debut single "Flaws"/"Icarus" through London-based independent record label Young & Lost Club, released on 7" vinyl limited to 300 copies. The single now can sell for over £300. In late 2011 they self-released their debut EP Laura Palmer as a digital download and on CD.
They signed to Virgin Records and released their second single "Overjoyed", but due to little promotion for the single, it failed to chart. In early 2012, they also released the mixtape Other People's Heartache as a free download, which featured covers of various different songs. They began recording their debut album in June 2012, which Dan Smith said "we basically made the album in a studio the size of a cupboard, so it was one extreme to the other." They released a third single, "Bad Blood", in August 2012, which managed to chart a number 90 in the UK Singles Chart. In late 2012 they released Other People's Heartache PT 2, and had finished recording their debut album, but were deciding on the tracklist. They re-released "Flaws" in October 2012 on vinyl and digital download, which managed to chart at number 21 in the UK Singles Chart. In support of the singles release, they headlined their short Flaws Tour.
Lyrics and stuff Edit
The opening song on the album is "Pompeii" which was written about, well, Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It is supposed to be two dead people who died during the eruption and they are "slightly bored because they're stuck next to each other forever," as Dan said. "Laura Palmer" is one of the band's earliest songs, and was featured on their first EP in 2011 also called Laura Palmer. It was based on the character in Twin Peaks.
The cover of Bad Blood shows Dan Smith running down a road. Although he has never said anything, it has clearly been inspired by David Lynch's film Lost Highway, and he also wore Lost Highway t shirts a lot. The artwork for the singles released from the album were all photos taken from the video's for the songs, and some photos from their music video's are in the booklet for Bad Blood.
Bad Blood was announced in January 2013, along with the track listing, as well as the next single "Pompeii". "Pompeii" was released on the 24th February 2013 on vinyl and as a digital download, and debuted at number 2 in the UK, as well as number 5 in the US. The single has been certified platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the US. Following this single, Bad Blood was released on the 4th March, 2013, and managed to go at number 1 in the UK. The next single to be released was "Laura Palmer", on the 3rd June 2013, but however wasn't as successful as "Pompeii". The video for it was released through the band's official VEVO page on 12 April 2013.
In May, 2013, they released the US only EP Haunt. Bastille joined Muse as a supporting act on their The 2nd Law Tour in May 2013 and did so again in June 2013. The next single, "Things We Lost in the Fire", was released in August 2013, and managed to chart at number 28 in the UK. Bad Blood was released in the US on the 3rd September, and charted at number 11 on the Billboard 200.
Bad Blood was re issued on the 25th November 2013 as a double album called All This Bad Blood. The first disc is a reissue of Bad Blood, and the second disc is split into two parts, titled All This Bad Blood and Other People's Heartache. All This Bad Blood contains four songs which were previously released as B-sides from the singles of Bad Blood.
The band performed on Saturday Night Live on 25 January 2014. In February 2014, Bastille won the BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act, as well as being nominated for Best British Group, Single of the Year for "Pompeii" and Album of the Year. They performed a remixed version of "Pompeii" with Rudimental and their song "Waiting All Night" at the ceremony, which was released digitally and charted at number 21 in the UK. Two hours after their appearance, sales of Bad Blood were up by 132% and "Pompeii" had climbed 29 places in the singles chart. Bad Blood then went at number 1 again for two weeks, and has since gone double platinum.
Main article: Bad Blood Tour The Bad Blood Tour began in February 2013 in the UK, not long before the release of Bad Blood, starting at the Liverpool O2 Academy with support from MS MR, To Kill A King, The Ramona Flowers and Ella Eyre. They played at various festivals, including Liverpool SoundCity in May and T in the Park in July. They announced the Winter Tour April 2013, which began in October in Bristol.
Track listing Edit
- Things We Lost in the Fire
- Bad Blood
- These Streets
- Weight of Living PT II
- Daniel in the Den
- Laura Palmer
- Get Home
The Extended Cut
- Weight of Living PT 1
- The Silence
- Laughter Lines
- Bad Blood (Live piano version)
- Things We Lost in the Fire (Abbey Road Sessions)
- Laura Palmer (Abbey Road Sessions)
- Flaws (Live acoustic version)
- Dan Smith – lead vocals, keyboards, piano, percussion, string arrangements, programming
- Kyle Simmons – keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
- Will Farquarson – bass, keyboards, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
- Woody – drums, backing vocals
- Mark Crew – mixing, production, programming
- Dan Smith – production, programming
- Mark 'Spike' Stent – mixing
- Bob Ludwig – mastering
- Naweed Ahmed – mastering
- Nick Burgess – A&R
- Polly Comber (Black Fox Management) – management
- Josh Smith (Black Fox Management) – management
- Matty Green – assistant
- Mark Crew – keyboards, string arrangements
- Verity Evanson – cello, string arrangements
- Juliet Lee – violin
- Sophie Lockett – violin
- Gemma Sharples – violin
- Willemijn Steenbakkers – violin
- Alexandra Urquhart – viola
- Richard Phillips – cello
- Dave DeRose – drums
- Ian Dudfield – backing vocals
- Ralph Pelleymounter – backing vocals
- Josh Platman – backing vocals
- Jon Willoughby – backing vocals
|Chart (2013−14)|| Peak|
|Australia Albums Chart||10|
|Austrian Albums Chart||31|
|Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)||6|
|Belgium Albums Chart (Wallonia)||58|
|Canadian Albums Chart||19|
|Dutch Albums Chart||46|
|German Albums Chart||23|
|Greek Albums Chart||11|
|Irish Albums Chart||5|
|Italian Albums Chart||33|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||28|
|Portuguese Albums Chart||30|
|Swedish Albums Chart||45|
|Swiss Albums Chart||15|
|UK Albums Chart||1|
|US Billboard 200||11|
Year end charts Edit
|Chart (2013)|| Peak|
|Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)||19|
|UK Albums Chart||11|
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