X102.9 presents Bastille with guest Mondo Cozmo
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Bastille will kick off their “Wild, Wild World Tour” on March 24, 2017 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. The extensive run will take the GRAMMY-nominated U.K. band to arenas and theatres across the U.S. and Canada, including a May 7 show at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. View the tour trailer here: Wild, Wild World Trailer. The band is touring in support of its sophomore album, Wild World (Virgin Records), which debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart. Wild World is the follow-up to 2013’s Bad Blood, which also debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart. Bad Blood has sold more than four million albums worldwide alongside 11 million singles. In a note to fans, singer/songwriter Dan Smith wrote, “We have been working non-stop on ‘Wild World’ for the last few years + are so excited for you to finally hear it in a few months. Not long to go! Thank you for all your patience + support. We hope you like the album as much as we do… I can’t believe we managed to pull it off in spite of everything.” “If our first album was about growing up and freaking out about it” Dan explains, “Our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it’s presented to you through the media. It’s also about asking questions of the world and of the people in it. We wanted the album to be a bit disorientating, at times extroverted and introverted, light and dark.” It’s this mix of light and dark that brings an excitement to Bastille’s music; that allows them to be one of the most adventurous young artists in the country.
Rolling Stone hailed Bastille as “Brit pop’s new crown princes” and noted, “‘Wild World’ has stadium ambitions.” Entertainment Weekly observed, “The UK foursome expanded their influences with dizzying effects…EDM-style builds and drops propel enormous hooks, while handclap rhythms and drum machines carry sunny sing-alongs.” Q Magazine awarded it four stars and noted, “[Bastille’s] timely second album hits the right spot.” In another four-star review, DIY Magazine observed, “Opener ‘Good Grief’ sets the tone brilliantly, its pomp and grandeur juxtaposed perfectly with Dan Smith’s dark-tinged tale of coping with life after death.”
The word Bastille brings to mind revolution, change and the storming of the old by the spirit of the new. When London-based singer/songwriter Dan Smith called his band Bastille, he was merely thinking of his birthday, July 14, France’s Bastille Day. But for one of the biggest British acts in the world right now, with hindsight Smith’s choice seems an ominously apt metaphor for their dramatic impact. The omens that Bastille would make an indelibly huge mark were there long before their 2013 debut album Bad Blood entered the UK charts at number one. Formed by Smith after recruiting keyboard player Kyle Simmons, bassist Will Farquarson and drummer Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, while they only pressed 300 copies of their 2011 independent debut single “Flaws,” its accompanying video, edited by Smith using clips from Terrence Malick’s 1973 cult classic ‘Badlands,’ scored half a million hits on YouTube. Signed by Virgin Records and tipped by a vociferous network of discerning bloggers, after three singles they were selling-out their first headline UK tour before their album was even released. “It was totally unexpected because we’d never discussed any big ambitions,” says Smith. “With that tour, when we sold out two nights at Shepherd’s Bush Empire we thought, ‘Whoa, this is ridiculous!’ I don’t think we ever imagined it getting any bigger than that.”
If all this has taught Bastille anything it’s that they never know what’s around the corner. “As a band, our expectations have never been high,” Smith confesses. “That might sound weird after the couple of years we’ve had, but I think it helps. We tend not to revel in stuff or rest on our laurels. Like, when we were told our album had gone to number one we went ‘that’s nuts!’ then we got drunk and the next day we didn’t really speak about it again. Any kind of success we’ve had, we’re mildly in denial about.”
Mondo Cozmo is an American singer-songwriter based out of East Los Angeles, CA. Working influences ranging from The Verve, Primal Scream, Beck, Beastie Boys and Bob Dylan in a contempt fusion of beats, guitars and attitude.
In the Spring of 2016 multiple Los Angeles radio stations including KCRW ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic,’ 98.7, 88.5, KROQ, Zane Lowe and NPR, started playing the demos which led to a record deal with Republic Records which was signed in a Mexican restaurant in Burbank. Upon hearing the songs Spike Stent demanded to mix the record. Anna Faris (Mom, The Dictator, Lost in Translation) stared in the first video “Hold on to Me” which was shot documentary style in a retirement facility in Santa Monica, CA. That same week a second video was shot starring Paz De La Huerta for “Higher,” the video was originally shot for “Sixes and Sevens” but was changed after Mondo saw the footage leading him to write the song “Higher” for De La Huerta.
His current single “Shine” is currently rising fast at radio and has been a message of hope in today’s troubled times. Look out for more music and a full length album coming soon.