Bastille frontman Dan Smith told Billboard.com in a new interview that the band’s chart-topping Modern Rock smash, “Pompeii,” was inspired directly by the ancient Roman town that was buried by a volcanic eruption, leaving ash-covered bodies frozen in place. Smith recalled, “I was working a crap job and thinking about those images of those people in Pompeii — my life was also in stasis. I imagined a conversation between two people frozen in the same position forever. I quite like the idea that people have been hearing it on the radio and are at festivals jumping around, but actually it’s a song about two old corpses talking.”
- The song stayed at Number One on the Modern Rock chart for four weeks and is currently Number Two. It has sold a total of 511,000 individual downloads.
- “Pompeii” first surfaced on an EP called The Haunt before showing up on Bastille’s debut disc, Bad Blood, which has sold 119,000 copies in the U.S. since coming out in September.
- The British band and its record label are currently in the midst of choosing a new U.S. single for release in February. The album has already yielded seven hits in the U.K., where it has been out since last March.
- Following three already sold-out U.S. dates in late January, Bastille will return to these shores and kick off a headlining trek on March 31st in Chicago. The act is also appearing at several holiday radio festivals this month.
- A deluxe version of Bad Blood, titled All This Bad Blood, will be issued in the U.S. on January 14th. In addition to the original album, the package will feature rarities, B-sides, mix tape cuts and two brand new songs.