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September 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Bastille holds down fort at Tractor | Concert review

Bastille frontman Dan Smith gets into it Saturday at the Tractor Tavern. Photo courtesy of AJ Dent.

Bastille frontman Dan Smith gets into it Saturday at the Tractor Tavern. Photo courtesy of AJ Dent.

It was a rare sight in front of the Tractor Tavern in Old Ballard Saturday night. People were lined up 50 deep half an hour before the doors opened and a few hopeful fans held signs pleading for extra tickets to see Bastille, an atmospheric pop band from London. Apparently one ticket went to a desperate fan for $150.

Those who made it into the sold out show were lucky indeed. Bastille, riding momentum from their debut album “Bad Blood” (which reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 11 on the US Billboard 200), was on fire Saturday and had the venerable venue rocking all night long after a tight warm-up from Los Angeles-based Nightmare and the Cat.

Bastille started out with their single “Bad Blood,” which became a rolling, bass-heavy bit of menacing pop perfection and got the crowd champing at the bit. Another single, “Things We Lost In The Fire,” got a similar makeover, with frontman Dan Smith pounding on a pair of floor toms to punctuate the chorus.

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