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Mike Farabow
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Doom Days REPACK

The final product is a concise alt-pop set that boosts the importance of meaningful human connection by accentuating the lack of it, while also examining just how long we can distract ourselves before the menace of reality begins to seep back in. Just a few weeks before the album drops, Smith chatted with Billboard over a damn fine cup of coffee, as he contemplated the benefits of escapism in the end of days.

Doom Days

After confronting global corruption on 2016's Wild World, it's only natural that the men of Bastille would feel the need for escape that they express on Doom Days. It's as necessary to take moments to just exist as it is to resist the world's injustices, and the band's third album follows a night out with friends and possible lovers, from singing along with the radio on the way to the party to waking up on the floor the next morning. However, their attempts to ignore the world around them on Doom Days are even more relatable because they can't shut it out entirely. "We never knew what we had," Dan Smith sings on "Quarter Past Midnight," capturing the way it's possible to be nostalgic for a moment before it has passed. Though Bastille's choruses are as rousing as ever, on this song and throughout the album there's a newfound intimacy to their music as they explore everyday loneliness and hope in a time of crisis. On the title track, Smith recites a litany of 2010s disasters ("I'm livestreaming the final days of Rome" once again harks back to the band's smash hit "Pompeii"), but chooses to stay present instead of worrying about the latest bad news. Similarly, the celebratory pulse of "Nocturnal Creatures" reaffirms that good times shine all the brighter when people live in the constant shadow of something ominous. Thanks to its concept, Doom Days is easily the group's most cohesive album yet, but as they tighten their focus, they also expand their sound. Alongside quintessentially heartfelt Bastille songs like "Another Place" are tracks such as "4AM," which moves from a cozy acoustic singalong to brass and beats with the seamless flow of their mixtapes, and "Million Pieces," which sets Doom Days' escapist heights to rhythms that evoke '90s garage. On "Joy," the band draws on the power of a gospel choir to give the album a happy ending that feels well-earned, even if it's only temporary. This need to seize the moment has been one of Bastille's main messages since "Pompeii," and with Doom Days, they prove they can deliver it in increasingly eloquent and relatable ways.

The Soviet Union denies it, but in the fall, President Harry Truman tells the American public that the Soviets tested their first nuclear device, officially starting the arms race. "We do not advise Americans that doomsday is near and that they can expect atomic bombs to start falling on their heads a month or year from now," the Bulletin explains. "But we think they have reason to be deeply alarmed and to be prepared for grave decisions." Read the full statement.

It was started as a one day event called Dutch Doom Day in 2002, and by the fourth edition it became multi-day. Since then it has most often been two days but some editions have taken place over three days.

Due to a scheduling opportunity with touring bands there was an opening to expand the festival to two days. This is why the fourth edition took place on the 1st and 2nd of October. Billed day headliner Novembers Doom had visa trouble and could not enter the country and were replaced by The Plague Of Gentlemen at the last moment.

The fifteenth edition celebrated with three days once more, taking place on the 28th, 29th and 30th of October 2016. With 17 bands over three days this remains the year with the largest line-up of this festival so far.

The weekday these dates fall on is called doomsday. The phenomenon is based on the fact that the number of days between these dates are always evenly divisible by 7, which is the number of days per week.

While dates like 4/4, 6/6, 8/8, 10/10 and 12/12 are relatively easy to remember, there is a handy mnemonic to memorize the fixed doomsday dates in the odd-numbered months, most of which are based on either 5 and 9, or 7 and 11 (except March): I work from 9 to 5 at the 7-11.

The clock created a stir when it was set to 100 seconds to midnight in 2020, the first time the famous clock had gone down to seconds rather than minutes. At the time, the Bulletin's scientists said we were "at doom's doorstep." It remained at 100 seconds to midnight in 2021 and 2022. 041b061a72


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