WEQX Presents: BASTILLE w/s/g FRENSHIP
U.K. band Bastille made its debut in 2013 with the album Bad Blood, which entered the U.K. album chart at No. 1. It has since sold more than four million albums worldwide alongside 11 million singles. The global hit "Pompeii" was certified 5x Platinum in the U.S., where it topped Billboard's Alternative Songs, Hot Rock Songs, Adult Alternative Songs and Dance Club Songs charts. The singles "Bad Blood" and "Flaws" were certified Gold. Bastille won a BRIT Award for British Breakthrough Act and received two GRAMMY® nominations and two American Music Awards nominations.
Rolling Stone hailed Bastille as "Brit pop's new crown princes" upon the release of the band's second album, Wild World, which retained the vivid, filmic songwriting of its predecessor, but pushed the band's unique sound in new directions. In the U.K., Wild World debuted at No. 1 on the album chart and the first single, "Good Grief," topped Apple Music's Hot Tracks chart and the Shazam chart. The band returns to the road with the extensive "Wild, Wild World Tour." Founded by Dan Smith (vocalist/songwriter), Bastille's line-up is completed by Chris Wood (drums), Will Farquarson (guitar) and Kyle Simmons (keyboards).
There's a strong contrarian streak in FRENSHIP, the Los Angeles-based duo of James Sunderland and Brett Hite. James grew up in Colorado and relocated to LA after four years of college studying production, where he was part of a DJ duo that didn't work out. Brett grew up in Spokane, Washington with a passion for soccer. An injury led him to discover a burgeoning interest in music and he began to play coffee shops and small venues after college as a singer/songwriter.
Brett and James met while working retail in LA and began to realize they each brought something to the table musically that the other could appreciate. They describe their hypnotic production as a combination of the twosome's affection for '80s-styled pop. The duo signed on with Columbia Records and subsequently released their debut EP, Truce, in September 2016. FRENSHIP's platinum-selling single "Capsize" was one of the most viral hits of 2016, surpassing 20 million streams in its first month and collecting over 300 million to date. Spotify crowned them #2 Breakout Artist of the year due to the song's chart performance. FRENSHIP returns with their rhythmic follow up single "1000 Nights," accompanied by a cinematic, wilderness-themed video and lyric video.