Have you ever been so into a band that it started to conquer your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, your personal blog and basically, your life? Posting their videos, quoting their songs, creating gifs of them, liking and reblogging every picture of them, mentioning every band members in your tweets hoping that they’ll reply to you on Twitter and talk about them non-stop to someone.
Have you ever loved a song/s and can’t get it out of your head for a very long time? I’m not talking about days, but months (and still counting).
Have you ever loved everything a certain band sung? From their different covers to their original songs (studio version or acoustic). Everything.
Have you ever been so excited about an announcement of the release of a new track from a band? And when it finally premiered, you feel like hyperventilating (but you’re not) because of excitement.
Have you ever feel so proud for a band like they’re your own? From seeing where they are now to hearing their song played in a public place for the first time.
Well, I never imagined myself fangirl over a band this hard and fell head over heels for them. But because of them it happened.
It was early 2014 when I first heard their song on radio here in the Philippines. It was called Pompeii. That moment, I instantly loved the song. I didn’t know who was the artist behind it, so the first thing I did is search for it on Google. That’s when I discovered BΔSTILLE, a band from London, UK with four members: Dan Smith (vocals, also the writer of their songs), Kyle Simmons (keys), Will Farquarson (bass) and Chris “Woody” Wood (drums).
I got interested in their band that I looked them up on YouTube to find other songs. I downloaded All This Bad Blood (album) and Other People’s Heartache Part 1 & 2 (mixtapes – covers and mash-up of their songs and other songs with dialogues from old movies). I was not disappointed because I loved every song in their album and mixtapes. I also started to watch their live performances on YouTube and I was amazed that they sound even better live. Definitely no auto-tune. And the lyrics of their songs, they are not your usual crappy lyrics because they are narrative and is inspired by history (ex. Pompeii – eruption of Mr. Vesuvius in 79 AD that destroyed the city of Pompeii in Italy), Bible story (ex. Daniel in the Den – he was thrown into the lion’s den for praying to God and not to the king), literature (ex. Icarus – he and his father, Daedalus, attempted to escape from Crete with the use of wings made of wax, but melted as Icarus flew close to the sun causing him to fall into the sea and drown), TV series (ex. Laura Palmer – the main character who was murdered and served as the catalyst for the events in Twin Peaks series from the 90’s created by David Lynch and Mark Frost) and life events (Durban Skies – dedicated to Dan’s parents who were both from Durban, South Africa where they also met, fell in love and got married). I must say that Dan really is a good writer, probably because he is a straight A English major. Smarty pants he is and I love it!
Aside from their music, one thing I liked about them is their personality. Even if they are starting to become popular (not yet here in the Philippines though but I hope they will be soon), they are still very grounded. After gigs, if they have time, they try to meet their fans even though they don’t need to. Dan handles their official social media accounts to stay in touch with their fans and lucky fans even get a reply from the members (I haven’t yet, though). I also love the fact that the members (especially Dan and Kyle I think) wears the shirts their fans give. And I swear, they really have sense of humor which make them very adorable. And all of them got the looks, by the way. Talk about total package.
Ever since I discovered them, I never stopped listening to their songs and watching their videos. I loved every bit of them. And this never happened to me before in my entire life. I became a fan. A Stormer (what BΔSTILLE’s fans are called).
You know, I could talk (or write) about them non-stop and this is just the start of it. But for now, I’ll leave you with these videos. Hope you’ll like it! X
P.S. I’m so sorry if there are wrong grammars or whatever. And by the way, please note that the photo and videos are not mine. 🙂