London alternative rock quartet Bastille combined glossy '80s synth textures and arena-friendly choruses on early hit singles like "Pompeii," which helped them sell millions of their 2013 debut album, Bad Blood. The group began as the solo project of singer/songwriter Dan Smith -- whose birthday is July 14 (aka Bastille Day) -- but became a full-fledged band in 2010 with the addition of Chris Wood, William Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons. Bastille attracted an audience after putting a few tracks online, leading to support slots at major U.K. festivals like Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. Eventually they secured a deal with indie label Young and Lost Club and released their debut 7" single, Flaws/Icarus, in July 2011. This was followed later that year by the Laura Palmer EP, named for the teenaged murder victim in David Lynch's cult '90s TV series Twin Peaks; the creepy accompanying video for the track "Overjoyed" was also heavily inspired by the series. "Overjoyed" also became the band's first single for EMI Records in April 2012, while "Bad Blood," which was released that August, peaked at number 90 in the U.K. charts. Bastille had greater success with "Flaws," their first single to debut in the Top 40 upon its release in October 2012.