Monday, January 12, 2015


Words by Manila Concert Scene
Photos by Kris Rocha

“Wow you guys are taller in real life!”

Yep, those were the first things we said to Bastille upon meeting them. Dressed in black, head to toe with their Chuck Taylors - the same look on the Spinnr profile photo. And being their well-mannered selves, they simply replied with a sheepish “Well, thank you.” That was the first thing we learned in the course of the whole time being an arm away from them, and we found out more.

1. The band has been wanting to tour the world since starting out in 2010. Of which they comments, “We’re grateful and privileged to do this.”

2. The song they find most challenging to play live is “The Silence”.

3. Vocalist Dan Smith is constantly learning to be a “good and animated” frontman.

4. They’re all active on Twitter, and finds it a good way to interact with their fans.

5. The boys described Manila as “Diverse, intense and humid”.

But the best thing we found out from Bastille? How amazing they were live!

Functioning with clock-like precision, the boys from London blasted through their show with sheer accuracy. Dan showcased his sleek vocals without flaws. Every note, every hook was carried with beautiful concordance. And this too can be said for the rest of the band. The bass lines of Will Farquarson coerced harmoniously with the bedrock layout of Woody’s drumming, while the melodies worked by Kyle Simmons kept everything fastidiously. In short, Bastille was simply on point. Whether it was “Laura Palmer”, or “Bad Blood”, or “Things We Lost in the Fire” or “Of the Night”: everything came to place in bull’s eye accuracy. And this tightness surely gave the audience their highest of heys and woahest of woahs.

Truly, a band that flowed so well…they were are solid.

What a great way to open concert year 2015. Karpos definitely set the bar again for concerts this year. We definitely can’t wait for Wanderland and other surprises that the Karpos team has in store for all of us to see!

To those of you who’re late to the party here’s the 411 on the band.

Bastille (stylised as BĪ”STILLE) was formed in London in 2010. They began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The four-piece is completed by Chris 'Woody' Wood, William Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons. The name of the band derives from Bastille Day – an event celebrated on Smith's birthday, 14 July.

Bastille debuted in June with their limited edition 7"/45 rpm single featuring the two tracks "Flaws" and "Icarus". Released through London-based independent record label, Young & Lost Club, only 300 copies were pressed. This was followed by the release of the EP Laura Palmer later in 2011. The title track was rerecorded in Simlish (the in-game jibberish language) for Electronic Arts' The Sims 3: Supernatural, released in September 2012. After debuting further tracks online through sites such as YouTube and MySpace, the band received a great amount of attention from media and fans. The group subsequently secured a few support slots, and later performed at major UK festivals including Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight, Redfest and Blissfields. Their music has also been used on the TV soap Hollyoaks, Made in Chelsea and The Vampire Diaries.

The band also recorded and released a two part mixtape titled Other People's Heartache for free. The mixtapes featured the band covering songs such as "Titanium" by David Guetta, "No Scrubs (No Angels)" by TLC, and "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac.

Their first studio album, titled Bad Blood, was released in March 2013 and debuted atop the UK Albums Chart. The band was nominated for four Brit Awards at the 2014 ceremony, including for British Breakthrough Act, British Group, British Single of the Year and British Album of the Year, winning for British Breakthrough Act. As of November 2014, Bastille has sold over 5 million records in the US and 2.5 million records in the UK alone. And you can easily find their songs on Spinnr.

Congratulations and thank you Karpos Multimedia for bringing BASTILLE in Manila!


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