World Gone Mad
Things We Lost in the Fire
A London alternative rock quartet Bastille combined glossy '80s synth textures and arena-friendly choruses on early hit singles like "Pompeii," which helped them sell millions of their 2013 debut album, Bad Blood. The group began as the solo project of singer/songwriter Dan Smith -- whose birthday is July 14 (aka Bastille Day) -- but became a full-fledged band in 2010 with the addition of Chris Wood, William Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons. Bastille attracted an audience after putting a few tracks online, leading to support slots at major U.K. festivals like Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. The group's true breakthrough came with "Pompeii," which reached number two on the U.K. charts.