Bastille have announced the release of their third album, Doom Days, which is scheduled for release on 14 June. It was made by Dan Smith with bandmates Kyle Simmons, Will Farquarson and Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, and producer Mark Crew and it sees the Grammy nominated, Brit winning four-piece stretch out into new territories.
Doom Days marks something of a shift in perception from its widely acclaimed No.1 predecessor Wild World, which confronted the world and the actions of those in power.
Recorded throughout 2018 at the band’s South London studio, One Eyed Jacks, Doom Days captures the need to temporarily switch off and escape whilst taking the listener on a big night out in search of distraction from the surrounding apocalypse; be that screaming along to the radio in the back of an Uber careering through the city (‘Quarter Past Midnight’), getting loved up in the company of good friends (‘4AM’), a casual hook-up (‘Another Place’) or the end-of-night longing to be with somebody (‘Those Nights’). It revels in the bad decisions we make both personally in our relationships and collectively on a macro scale (‘Bad Decisions’), tells a relatable tale of being cornered into a deep discussion about the world’s problems when all you want to do is have a good time (‘Million Pieces’), and wryly confronts modern anxieties, taking side-swipes at phone addiction, porn addiction, fake news and climate change denial.
Bastille’s cinematic pop sound has connected with audiences across the globe. Having sold over 8 million albums and with accumulated global streams reaching over 6.5 billion, the band continue to be one of Spotify’s top 40 most listened to artists in the world. Their previous albums both debuted at No.1 in the U.K. and charted top 10 in the U.S. Recent single ‘Happier’, now certified platinum in the UK, spent a full 6 months in the top 10 of the US Hot 100 chart.
Doom Days is a record that celebrates real human connections and urges us to keep searching for moments of elation. It’s an album that starts in the middle of an Uber ride through the city streets and ends waking on the kitchen floor with the healing sounds of euphoric new single ‘Joy’, which sees the demons of life’s hangovers dispelled by a simple phone call from someone special. “That glimmer of hope at the end of the album says everything,” says Dan. “The smallest human gesture can pull you back from the brink.”
To mark the release of Doom Days, the band are excited to announce a run of 9 intimate dates throughout the UK supporting local venues in towns and cities away from the usual touring route. These unique shows will give fans the opportunity to experience an ‘apocalyptic party’ club night, warming them up with DJ sets before taking them on a journey through the narrative of the album, which the band will play live from start to finish. For tickets and further information, please visit the band’s official website.
Doom Days is out on 14 June and can be bought here.
Bastille play the following dates:
Friday 29 Nov 2019 – Coventry – Warwick Arts Centre
Sat 30 Nov 2019 – Carlisle – The Sands Centre
Sun 01 Dec 2019 – Aberdeen – Music Hall
Tue 03 Dec 2019 – Bradford – St. George’s Hall
Wed 04 Dec 2019 – Grimsby – Auditorium
Thu 05 Dec 2019 – Llandudno – Venue Cymru Theatre
Sat 07 Dec 2019 – Torquay – The Foundry
Sun 08 Dec 2019 – Portsmouth – Pyramids Centre
Mon 09 Dec 2019 – Margate – Winter Gardens