If you blinked, you might have missed it: UK indie-rock sensations Bastille stopped by Amoeba Music in Berkeley Wednesday night, just hours ahead of their headlining gig at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. Currently on a US tour promoting their breakout LP, Bad Blood -- the album was just released in the United States this month -- this affable four piece, fronted by Dan Smith, seems to have little ego and a whole heap of talent.
The band's short acoustic set at Amoeba yesterday included the title track from "Bad Blood" as well as the popular "Pompeii." It started twenty minutes late, but the throngs of fans who showed up for the in-store performance didn't hold it against them. It was easy to see why: in addition to interacting with the crowd (including not one, but two renditions of happy birthday sung to audience members), Smith's voice is even better than advertised and he knows how to use it -- exhibiting vocal control that is refreshing, something rare among the din of today's manufactured pop maelstrom.
Enjoy this set of photos from Bastille's acoustic in-store show at Amoeba.