Bastille’s “Pompeii”: A Modern Song About An Ancient Place

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Today we bring back the music as we share a modern take on an ancient location as we share Bastille’s Pompeii!

And if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like you’ve been here before?

Pompeii is a song by English indie rock band Bastille. It is the 4th single from their debut studio album Bad Blood and the first to get major airplay and promotion.

The video follows Bastille 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 own eyes meanwhile have turned black as well. The story is an allegory for the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii.

The official music video was filmed in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California. The video was first released onto YouTube on 20 January 2013.

Lyrically, the song is about the Roman town of the same name, which met its fate with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. It was nominated for British Single of the Year at the 2014 BRIT Awards.

We hope you enjoyed today’s musical interlude. Maybe you’ll even have a Pompeii experience of your own, real or imagined.

Till next time, Don’t Stop Rome-ing!


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