Bastille’s Dan, the marathon man


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On Friday, Bastille revealed the title track of their third album: A foreboding, state-of-the-world pop sermon called Doom Days.

“We wanted this song to be really direct in addressing our modern anxieties,” says frontman Dan Smith. “Phone addition, porn addiction, rolling news, Brexit and Trump.

“Turns out there was a lot to talk about. I wrote 50 verses, but somehow I managed to cut it down.”

The song is the first taster of Bastille’s new album, which Dan previously described as an “apocalyptic party record”.

A follow-up to 2016’s Wild World, it’s due out later this year, and the band will celebrate with their first ever performance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage.