Holygreen | Bastille

Bastille

Doom Days, Bastille’s grippingly confident third album, is a record for turbulent times, finding redemption through human connection in an era when people are increasingly divided and isolated by technology and politics. Made by Dan Smith with bandmatesKyle Simmons, Will Farquarson andChris ‘Woody’ Wood, and their regular producer Mark Crew, it sees Bastille stretch out and open up like never before.When Bastille’s single Pompeii became a record-breaking, multi-platinum global hit in 2013,Dan struggled to find his place.“You write songs in your bedroom, then you’re suddenly in a band that people know,” he says.Seeing himself primarily asa songwriter and record   than a pop star,Dan sometimes felt like an imposter. Despite fronting one of the biggest bands to emerge from the UK in the last decade, he couldn’t shake the feeling that Bastille’s success was temporary and that he was just passing through.That changed around the time of 2016’s critically acclaimed Wild World, which wrestled with the emotional consequences of a period of intense political upheaval, as Bastille embraced a series of new opportunities. They shook up their live set with an orchestra and gospel choir on their audaciousReOrchestrated Tour and released the fourth instalment in their freewheeling mixtape series, Other People’s Heartache. Best Laid Plans, Dan’s record label with Mark Crew, struck gold with Rag’n’Bone Man.P!nk invited Dan to perform a duet during her Lifetime Achievement set at this year’s Brits Awards