Produced by Mark Crew, London outfit Bastille's third full-length album, Doom Days sees the Grammy nominated and BRIT winning four-piece stretch out into new territories and 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.
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 Smith. "The smallest human gesture can pull you back from the brink."