We are excited to announce the 2013 Unofficial Alt-18 Artist of the Year…BΔSTILLE. BΔSTILLE is an English alternative rock band formed in London in 2010. BΔSTILLE are Dan Smith (lead vocals, keyboards, percussion), Kyle Simmons (keyboards, percussion, bass, backing vocals), William Farquarson (bass, keyboards, acoustic guitar, backing vocals) and Chris “Woody” Wood (drums, backing vocals).
BΔSTILLE first entered the AltNation regular rotation on 5/7/2013 with their 4th single, Pompeii. Three previous songs were released in the UK prior. It took just over 3 weeks of spinning Pompeii for it to enter the Alt-18 Countdown on 6/1/2013 at #16. After just 8 weeks of climbing up the top 18, Pompeii reached the #1 spot on 7/20/2013. Remaining at #1 for 5 consecutive weeks, Pompeii dropped to #2 for 2 weeks before retaking the #1 spot for 2 additional weeks. It it tied for the most weeks at #1 in 2013. Overall, Pompeii spent 21 weeks on the Alt-18, leaving the countdown on 10/26/2013. Pompeii ended the year at #1 on the Top 36 of 2013.
Just 1 week after Pompeii left the countdown, Bad Blood (3rd released single) entered the top 18 at #13. Like Pompeii, Bad Blood continuously climbed up the Alt-18, reaching #2 after just 8 weeks. It would most likely be #1, but 2013 ended too soon to know. We’ll definitely hear more of Bad Blood in 2014.
Also in 2014, BΔSTILLE will release All This Bad Blood (1/14/2014), a refreshed version of their debut album with extra tracks. Pre-order on iTunes now.