Glass Animalswith special guest Amber Mark
It’s less than 48 hours after frontman Dave Bayley has applied the finishing touches to Glass Animals’ second album and he’s contemplating where he and his bandmates found themselves only two years ago. “It’s mad, we were in our friend’s basement playing to four people,” he laughs. Fast forward to six months ago and they were rounding off a tour that catapulted Dave and bandmates Drew MacFarlane (guitar), Edmund Irwin-Singer (bass) and Joe Seward (Drums) around the world and back; climaxing in sold-out shows at The Wiltern in LA and Terminal 5 in New York, via huge festival slots in Australia, the US and - of course - Glastonbury.
Indeed, given the successes, Glass Animals would be ripe for the clichéd ‘difficult second album’ experience. Every tour has sold out, they’ve hit 200 million streams and debut album Zaba shifted over 500,000 records. For a band on a label backed by legendary producer Paul Epworth no less - the pressure to up the ante had potential crippling side-effects. The new LP - How To Be A Human Being - has come together so fast you’d assume they wrote it on the road. “No! We didn’t have time,” says Dave. “It happened as soon as we came off the tour bus.” Before his suitcase was even on the ground, Dave was setting up shop in their small studio space in Hornsey, North London by himself. As Glass Animals’ live set evolved, so did their sonic aspirations.
How To Be A Human Being is about people. A multi-layered, nuanced album that uniquely splices together 40 years of sonic history in a way that’s emphatically forward-sounding. In the characters and themes explored, the record creates a world for fans to inhabit. With every listen comes further insight, not just into Glass Animals’ universe but the human condition itself.