Bastille vs. The Script – Battle of the Brits
In this Battle of the Brits matchup, we've got Bastille and the Script dueling it out for the ultimate alt rock group title. Now to preface, our Battle of the Brits competition covers ALL U.K. acts (not just British ones), which is why we've included Irish trio the Script on here. Alternately, the rock and synth pop outfit Bastille got their name from Bastille Day -- France's Independence day -- despite the group being very English. (July 14 is also Dan Smith's Birthday.) But this is about the music, so let's break this down for all of you, and make voting a bit easier!
Originally a solo act formed by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, Bastille is now a quartet: Smith, Chris "Woody" Wood, Kyle Simmons and Will Farquarson. Their debut album, 'Bad Blood,' went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. charts and features songs like the funky title track, the chant-driven 'Pompeii' (our favorite) and the synthesized 'Flaws.' Then in late May, the boys released a four-song EP titled 'Haunt' in the States. Being that they made their debut at SXSW earlier this year, it's only a matter of time before 'Pompeii' and their other rock-inspired tracks will break the Top 40 in the U.S., a trend we've seen recently with Imagine Dragons' ‘Radioactive’ and Capitol Cities' ‘Safe and Sound.'
Then there's adorable Irishmen Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power of the Script, who have been releasing music since 2008. Their sound is more mainstream, pumping out catchy, soft pop singles like 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved' and 'Breakeven.' Not only did their eponymous album break the Billboard 200 in the States, but their follow-up 'Science & Faith' peaked at No. 3 -- it features the ballad and swoon-worthy 'For the First Time,' as well as guitar-plucked 'Nothing' and the speak-sung 'If You Ever Come Back.' Their most recent album, fittingly called '#3,' falls somewhere in the middle, but contains hits like 'Hall of Fame' and 'If You Could See Me Now.' Singles are still rolling out, but we don't expect the trio to lose traction when it comes time to release more LPs.
So, who deserves to be the best alt rock group of the U.K.? This Battle of the Brits poll will close on Tuesday, July 17, at 2PM EST. Remember, you can vote up to once per hour till then!