Glass Animals performing at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
Glass Animals is a British four-piece psychedelic music project led by singer, songwriter, and producer Dave Bayley with his bandmates and childhood friends Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer, and Drew MacFarlane.
Bayley wrote and self-produced both of the band's albums. In 2014, the band released their debut album, Zaba and spawned the single "Gooey", which was eventually certified Platinum in the United States. Their second full album, How to Be a Human Being, received critical acclaim and won in two categories at the 2018 MPG Awards for UK Album of the Year and Self Producing Artist of the Year, as well as a spot on the Mercury Prize shortlist. Outside of his work for Glass Animals, Bayley has written and produced for a number of artists including 6lack, Khalid, Joey Badass, Wale, Flume and Denzel Curry.
The band has become known for their live shows, playing re-worked, dance-heavy versions of their songs. They have performed on international TV shows including late night shows with Jools Holland, James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel. Glass Animals has played at a number of venues and festivals around the world including Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks, Brixton Academy, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, and Falls.
2012–2015: Zaba and various EPs
The band released their debut EP, Leaflings, on 28 May 2012, which included the single "Cocoa Hooves". The EP was released on independent label Kaya Kaya Records, a subsidiary and imprint of XL Recordings (part of the Beggars Group of labels). At the time, lead singer and guitarist Dave Bayley was attending medical school at King's College, London but left after Adele's producer Paul Epworth saw Glass Animals performing in London and signed them to his label Wolf Tone.
In 2013, the band released Black Mambo / Exxus EP in Europe, and Glass Animals EP in the US. The digital release of the track "Black Mambo" brought the band their first attention through online reviews. The Glass Animals EP also saw the band collaborating with Jean Deaux, a soulful hip-hop teenager from Chicago, on a song titled "Woozy".
In 2014, the band made their first visit to the USA, performing at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. They released three more singles: "Pools", "Gooey", and "Hazey", along with a collaboration with Argentine singer-songwriter and producer Tei Shi.
All five singles were included on the band's debut album, Zaba, which was released on 6 June 2014. The band performed the single "Gooey" on Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2014, and again on The Late Show with David Letterman on 24 February 2015, and toured extensively after Zaba, visiting both hemispheres and played over 130 shows in 2015 alone. Their October 2015 US tour included two sold out shows at The Wiltern in LA and sold out shows across America including T5 in NYC, The Riverside in Milwaukee, and The Midland in Kansas City.
A collaboration with American rapper Joey Bada$$, titled "Lose Control", was released on 6 October 2015. The idea for the song was apparently sparked during a randomly shared studio session. Following the collaboration, Bayley remarked that he would be interested in working with Joey again in the future.
2016–2018: How to Be a Human Being and tour
On 16 May 2016, the band released the lead single, "Life Itself", from their second album How to Be a Human Being. "Life Itself" peaked at number 14 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and spent 26 weeks on Sirius XM's Alt-18 chart, peaking at number one. A music video for the song was released on 7 June 2016. The band also created a website based on the character from "Life Itself".
On 25 July, a second single from the album, "Youth", was released along with its music video. Four days before the release of the album, on 22 August, the band released a third single, "Season 2 Episode 3", about a girl who "spends her entire time watching TV, lounging around, not doing anything, being high, eating mayonnaise from a jar".
The full album How to Be a Human Being was released on 26 August 2016 by Wolf Tone and Caroline International in Europe, and Harvest Records in the United States. The album received critical acclaim for its "sense of wonder" and "immediate impression", though it was also met with some mixed reactions, for critics felt that it was somewhat premature. They played Laneway Festivals in six different cities (Singapore, Sydney, and Auckland, among others). During their time in Australia, their three singles from How to Be a Human Being—"Youth", "Life Itself", and "Season 2 Episode 3", respectively—came in at 38, 63 and 98 on Triple J's Hottest 100.
In July 2018, drummer Joe Seaward was seriously injured when he was hit by a lorry while cycling in Dublin. Joe's accident and recovery resulted in the band canceling their remaining tour dates for rest of the year.
- David "Dave" Bayley – lead vocals, guitar, tambourine
- Andrew "Drew" L. MacFarlane – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
- Edmund "Ed" Irwin-Singer – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
- Joe "Joe" Seaward – drums
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|How to Be a Human Being||
|"—" denotes albums that did not chart, or were not released in that country.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
(with Joey Bada$$)
|"Life Itself"||2016||—||48||—||14||21||How to Be a Human Being|
|"Season 2 Episode 3"||—||—||—||—||42|
(featuring Denzel Curry)
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
Other charted songs
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"The Other Side of Paradise"||2016||45||How to Be a Human Being|
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- "you guys worked that out too fast. november 13.....!!! GA + Denzel ps very very excited. pss if any producers want the sfx from the track you can still win them on the site psss this is gonna be fun live". Retrieved 10 November 2019 – via Instagram.