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Bastille still storming after "Pompeii's" success

By Gary Graff
Digital First Media/@GraffonMusic

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Bastille hit hard out of the gate with the Top 5 single "Pompeii," and the British quartet hasn't storming the pop world since.

The singles -- "Laura Palmer," "Of The Night," "Oblivion" -- have kept coming, and the group has been in high demand on the road. But drummer Chris "Woody" Wood says he and his mates still have a pinch-me awe about their good fortune.

"It all just keeps on surprising us," says Wood, 29. "Like, every week pretty much something new happens or some now stat comes out and, yeah, we can't quite believe it, to be honest.

"I guess the songs are quite honest, and that's what connects. We just set out to make songs we were quite proud of and we would want to hear ourselves, anyway. Apart from that, I haven't got any other kind of idea why" the group has been so successful."

Wood says a conglomeration of friends, family and longtime crew members have kept the Bastille boys from developing "stupid rock star egos," as has the musicians' relationships with each other. "We're all mates at the end of the day," Wood explains. "We still hang out. There's been no major falling back. It still feels pretty true to that it was at the start."

Bastille has no plans to rest on its laurels, either. When off tour the group has been ensconced back in the studio, "just trying to get ideas down," according to Wood. With "a few ideas" ready, Bastille is hoping to hunker down in earnest early in the new year for a follow-up to its "Bad Blood" debut and the expanded "All This Bad Blood" follow-up.

"It's all over the map right now," Wood says of the new music. "It's all kind of in a fledgling state, so it's more about getting down as many ideas as possible and then we'll go from there and see which ones jump out and are worth pursuing."

Bastille and Grizfolk

Thursday, Oct. 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit.

Tickets are $36 in advance, $40 day of show.

Call (313) 832-7100 or visit www.thecrofoot.com

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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