Bastille are an english four piece who have had a lot of success since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Bad Blood’. However their follow up record ‘Wild World’ failed to deliver the same wholesome and honest feeling. In between a whole lot of touring and collaborations, the band have returned with a short album with a bit more feeling. ‘Doom Days’ packs in eleven tracks of strong pop-rock elements mixed with electronic influences. Describing this record as an apocalyptic dance album, lead singer Dan Smith lives up to that approach.
Opening track ‘Quarter Past Midnight’ hears them returning to their roots and delivering a pulsating indie-pop-rock track that captivates you with its euphoric harmonies and moody production. Beginning with Smith’s instantly recognisable vocals, the song has minimal production with hand claps leading the percussion before the guitar riff ignites the rest of the production. Exploring that magical moment of being out in the middle of the night with the people you care about most and the idea that anything can happen. Rolling into the euphoric ‘Bad Decisions’ they add a heavier electronic influence and create a song that will become an instant favourite in their live set. The album continues to roll out those moments like ‘The Waves’, ‘Another Place’, ‘Those Nights’ and the beat driven ‘Doom Days’ and ‘Nocturnal Creatures’ which is unlike anything they’ve released before.
The albums strongest moment comes from the euphoric ‘Million Pieces’ which explores wanting to have a good time at a party and escape the politics of the real world. It’s the bands first complete foray into the EDM world on a record and for some reason it feels the most organic. It ties together the experimental layers this album explores and feels like a more fulfilled collection than their previous record. While it may not be as complete as their debut album, there is a stronger underlining feeling.
You can purchase a physical copy of Bastille’s new album from Sanity HERE; https://www.sanity.com.au/products/2422565/Doom_Days
Doom Days Australian Tour Part 2
Saturday 25 January – TBA – Gold Coast
Monday 27 January – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Thursday 30 January – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Sunday 2 February – AEC Theatre, Adelaide
Tuesday 4 February – HBF Stadium, Perth