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Tuesday
Aug202019

Bastille finds hope in the apocalypse with "Doom Days" single "Joy"

ABC/Randy HolmesWith hits like "Pompeii," "Good Grief" and "Happier," Bastille has made a career out of making sad songs wrapped in happy music. Given that history, one would think that a Bastille tune called "Joy" would be devastatingly sad. However, the song -- a single and the closing track from the band's new album, Doom Days -- provides a bit of hope in an otherwise dark story.

"I think it felt important to us that there was some optimism at the end," frontman Dan Smith tells ABC Radio. "'Cause the album is looking at the need for escape and the need for distraction is these quite weird, turbulent times, where people feel quite divided in the U.K. and in America and all over the world."

Smith has described Doom Days as being about an "apocalyptic party" that takes place over the course of one night, with "Joy" representing the start of the next morning.

"It's about feeling rubbish, and getting a phone call from that person that can pull you back from the brink," Smith explains. "And the idea that just a small, human gesture can totally turn everything around for you."

He adds, "In the context of a hangover, and in the context of the apocalypse of the album, it felt like a nice, positive way to start the next morning." 

Bastille will launch a North American tour in support of Doom Days September 16 in Philadelphia.

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