ALT 98.7 New Music Discovery: Bastille “Joy”

The “Joy” video, which can be seen below features real CCTV footage embellished by directors Brain Wash and offers a humorous look at the things people do when they think no one’s watching. From casually hooking up in office cubicles to deliberately tripping up a disruptive small child; what counts as joy for some isn’t necessarily what it means for others. The montage twists some of the more sinister clips, poking fun at the dark undertones, such as a man in an England shirt at a far-right political rally proudly waving a sign that reads “We love migrants” or a paramedic dancing giddily in his ambulance next to a cartoon medical bill for a million pounds.

Bastille frontman Dan Smith said, “This video looks at the things that bring us joy, when we think no one's looking. Things that are done secretly, maybe compulsively, that we wouldn't want other people to see. What seems strange and unthinkable to one person might bring pleasure to someone else. It's fascinating that most people have a version of themselves they want to show in public - at work or online - and a version they don’t. We wanted to show it all.”

The final track on Doom Days, “Joy” completes Bastille’s journey through a big night out, from an Uber ride through the city streets to waking up on the kitchen floor. The healing sounds of the euphoric single see the demons of life’s hangovers dispelled by a simple phone call from someone special, giving a reminder that there’s still hope.

Doom Days taps into globally held anxieties, while also working on a much more intimate level, celebrating real human connections. Bastille continues to evolve sonically and push things forward, pulling instrumentation from their much-acclaimed Re-Orchestrated tour and mixing genres like gospel, house music and R&B. Fans who pre-order Doom Days in digital format will instantly receive “Joy” plus the No. 1 Alternative hit “Quarter Past Midnight” and the title track.

Tickets are on sale now for the band’s fall North American tour, which will include shows at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City (September 24) and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (October 12). Every online ticket order purchased for the U.S. dates on the fall tour will include a CD of the new album. See below for itinerary.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “Britpop’s new crown princes,” Bastille has sold over eight million adjusted albums and amassed more than 6.5 billion cumulative streams globally. The band was introduced internationally with the single “Pompeii,” which is now 6x Platinum in the U.S. alone. “Pompeii” and subsequent hits “Good Grief” (2016) and “Quarter Past Midnight” (2018) each topped the Mediabase Alternative chart in the States. Marshmello and Bastille’s hit single, “Happier,” has topped charts around the world, with cumulative streams exceeding two billion. Certified 2x Platinum in the U.S., “Happier” held the No. 1 position for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s BDS and Mediabase/Top 40 Radio Airplay chart. It also topped Billboard's Alternative Songs and Dance/Electronic Streaming chart, among others.

 

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