No Bad Days

Album: Give Me The Future (2021)
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Songfacts®:

  • Bastille frontman Dan Smith's aunt passed away in 2019 after battling cancer for two decades. He wrote this song after visiting her in an Australian hospital bed near the end of her life. It finds Smith taking solace that when his aunt dies, she'll have "no more bad days." He told Apple Music, "I sat at a keyboard singing through a vocoder and the melodies just fell out."
  • Session musician Jack Duxbury joins Bastille on the track. "I wanted to surprise people with the Bruce Hornsby-inspired piano solo that Jack Duxbury played," Smith said. "I feel like it says more emotionally than any words could."

    Duxbury also played on Bastille's "Survivin' (One Eyed Jack's Session)" and "Goosebumps (One Eyed Jack's Session)" from their Goosebumps EP.
  • Dan Smith wrote the song with:

    London-based singer-songwriter Plested (Little Mix's "Touch," Lewis Capaldi's "Before You Go").

    Bastille's go-to producers, Mark Crew and Dan Priddy.
  • Co-directed by Dan Smith with The Trash Factory, the music video nods to the classic science fiction movies Metropolis, Ex Machina, and The Matrix. The clip paints an intimate story of Smith using technology to try to resurrect a lost loved one. It is Smith's first effort as a director.
  • Bastille recorded the song for their science fiction concept album Give Me The Future. Dan Smith told Apple Music the record is "about our relationship with each other and with technology and different versions of the future and the past."

    "No Bad Days" is the "emotional core of it."
  • Smith's aunt lived in an Australian state that had just legalized assisted dying and she was one of the first people to go down that path. "To me, she's amazing for having taken that decision," he told The Guardian, "and was so amazingly generous at helping guide all the people around her that she loved through this incredibly difficult situation."

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