U.K. alternative rock band Bastille is beginning to blow up on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Pompeii." The mighty electronic-tinged tune climbed up to no. 72 on the chart this week, Billboard reported on Thursday.
Bastille was formed in 2010 by lead singer Dan Smith. The group released a few singles since then but they would not really hit it big until the release of "Pompeii" in February. After four weeks on the Hot 100, the track jumped 16 spots from no. 88 to no. 72 on the chart this week. It's already a fixture in the top 10 of Billboard's Alternative Songs and Rock Songs charts and now the track is starting to ascend the all-genre Hot 100. The spike in American interest could be attributed in part to Bastille's recent arresting cover of Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" on BBC Radio 1.
"Pompeii" opens with anthemic "Eh-eh-o eh-o's" before plucky synthesizers kick in. Smith meditates on life's distractions and tribulations, likening them to the fall of the ancient city on which this track is based. "We were caught up and lost in all of our vices / In your pose as the dust settled around us," he soulfully sings among grandiose rock production. There is a mighty sound to this electronic tune that gives weight to Smith's vulnerable and telling lyricism.
In the "Pompeii" video, Smith tries to outrun a darkness that consumes Los Angeles, but eventually he too is consumed by it. The clip has garnered over 35 million views as of press time while the single itself sits at no. 65 on iTunes' music chart.
Bastille's debut album, "Bad Blood," was released on September 3 in the U.S. It has so far peaked at no. 11 on Billboard's albums chart.
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