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September 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Bastille storms Seattle

(Jesse Jenkins)

(Jesse Jenkins)

Bastille, at the Tractor this weekend, grew from London singer-songwriter Dan Smith’s solo project to an intriguing band peddling big hooks and a sound easily capable of filling arenas. “Bad Blood,” released in March, hit No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart and also did well stateside, reaching No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200.

Comparisons have been made between Bastille and fellow Brits Mumford and Sons, and they’re pretty apt. Smith sings with the same keening emotion as Marcus Mumford, and both bands employ a thick, layered and often nearly too busy sound. The other similarity? Both bands are fairly irresistible despite their flaws. Hit the jump for a Q & A.


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