Concert preview: Bastille prepares to storm the States

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From the May 22, 2014 edition

Despite being fronted by a singer with perhaps the most generic name ever — Dan Smith (see: “Key and Peele’s” East/West College Bowl skit) — the London rock quartet Bastille has been unable to maintain its anonymity. At home in the UK, the musicians are veritable stars, having sold more than 2 million copies of their debut album Bad Blood, and this sold-out show is one sign similar success is coming stateside.

It’s not wholly unexpected, either. The band’s debut serves as a sort of copy-and-paste guide to modern radio success, pairing vaguely electronic tunes (unavoidable single “Pompeii”) with starry eyed piano ballads destined to soundtrack many a high school prom.

Wolf Gang opens the show.

Photo courtesy of Bastille