The song details the moment where Mount Vesuvius erupted and engulfed the city of Pompeii, and the intimate conversations and thoughts that take place as the people dash for a safety that can't be found, before finally being lost in the dust and ash.
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“Pompeii” reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart, number 4 in Australian ARIA Chart, and number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Alternative Songs chart.
According to the Official Charts Company it is the UK's most streamed song of all time.
The song was nominated for British Single of the Year at the 2014 BRIT Awards.
The video follows Bastille's frontman Dan Smith, as he wanders about an empty-looking Los Angeles, before realizing the few people around all have unnatural vacant black eyes. He steals a car and drives into the desert to escape them, but the car breaks down and he soon realizes he's been infected as well. He climbs a mountain and looks out at the view, before turning around to reveal his eyes have turned black. The story is an allegory for the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii.
Bastille is an English rock band formed in London in 2010. They began as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band. The four-piece is completed by Chris Wood, William Farquarson and Kyle Simmons.
The name of the band derives from Bastille Day – an event celebrated on Smith's birthday, 14 July.
In February 2014, Bastille won the BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act.
Daniel Campbell "Dan" Smith is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and is the lead vocalist, producer, songwriter and founder of the band Bastille.
Smith grew up listening to his sister's Lauryn Hill and Jurassic 5 albums, and his South African parents' collection of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Simon & Garfunkel which inspired his first attempts at composing songs.
Will Farquarson's parents are hippies and they lived in a barge throughout his childhood. Farquarson is thankful that Bastille worked out alright because he is practically unemployable he says.