Glass Animals

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Glass Animals
Glass Animals performing in 2016
Glass Animals performing in 2016
Background information
OriginOxford, England[1]
Genres
Years active2010–present
Labels
Websiteglassanimals.eu
Members
  • Dave Bayley
  • Drew MacFarlane
  • Edmund Irwin-Singer
  • Joe Seaward

Glass Animals are an English psychedelic pop band formed in Oxford in 2010. Led by singer, songwriter, and producer Dave Bayley, the group also features his childhood friends Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer and Drew MacFarlane. Bayley wrote and produced all three Glass Animals albums. The first, Zaba (2014), spawned the single "Gooey", which was eventually certified platinum in the United States. Their second full album, How to Be a Human Being, received generally positive reviews 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. The third, Dreamland, their first fully autobiographical album (Bayley had said he felt it was selfish to write about oneself), included the single "Tokyo Drifting" which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Glass Animals have become known for their live shows, where they play re-worked, dance-heavy versions of their songs. Their song Heat Waves won Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2020.

Background[edit]

2012–2015: Zaba and various EPs[edit]

Glass Animals performing in 2014

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.[3] 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.[citation needed]

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[4] in 2014, and again on The Late Show with David Letterman[5] 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 Theatre 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.

2016–2019: How to Be a Human Being and tour[edit]

Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley

On 16 May 2016, the band released the lead single, "Life Itself", from their second album How to Be a Human Being.[6] "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.[7] 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.[7] This song was also used as a soundtrack in the popular football video game by EA Sports, FIFA 17. 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".[8]

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.[citation needed]

In July 2018, drummer Joe Seaward was seriously injured when he was hit by a lorry while cycling in Dublin. Seaward's accident and recovery resulted in the band cancelling their remaining tour dates for rest of the year.[9]

2019–present: Dreamland[edit]

After touring for How to Be a Human Being, the band released two singles; "Tokyo Drifting", a duet with Denzel Curry, on 14 November 2019,[2] and "Your Love (Déjà Vu)" on 19 February 2020.[10] On 1 May 2020, the band released a single named "Dreamland", and announced an album of the same name to be released on 10 July 2020.[11] "Tokyo Drifting", "Your Love (Déjà Vu)" and the title track are all included on the album.[12]

On 28 June, the band announced that the album had been delayed, in order to "keep focus on the Black Lives Matter movement and the discussions taking place around racism and police brutality around the world."[13] Dreamland was released on 7 August 2020 via Republic Records; in an interview with Atwood Magazine, Dave Bayley explained, "I guess the goal with this record was to make something that was incredibly honest and incredibly us." The album entered the UK album chart at number two.

On 28 September 2020, it was announced that "Heat Waves" would be included on the FIFA 21 soundtrack. On 13 October 2020, the song was also used as part of the Apple Event during the announcement of the HomePod mini.

Band members[edit]

  • Dave Bayley[14][15] – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, tambourine
  • Drew MacFarlane[16][17] – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Ed Irwin-Singer[16][18] – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Joe Seaward[16][19] – drums, percussion

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
UK
[20]
AUS
[21]
BEL
(FL)

[22]
BEL
(WA)

[23]
CAN
[24]
IRL
[25]
NED
[26]
NZ
[27]
SWI
[28]
US
[29]
Zaba 92 12 162 177
How to Be a Human Being
  • Released: 26 August 2016
  • Label: Wolf Tone, Caroline International
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
23 11 68 151 50 20 77 [A] 87 20
Dreamland 2 6 32 106 13 8 63 8 51 7
"—" denotes an album that did not chart, or was not released in that country.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Details
Leaflings
  • Released: 28 May 2012[36]
  • Label: Kaya Kaya Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Glass Animals
  • Released: 2013[37]
  • Label: Wolf Tone
  • Formats: Digital download
Adulthood
Adolescence
  • Released: 4 December 2020[39]
  • Label: UMG Recordings
  • Formats: Digital download
Childhood
  • Released: 8 January 2021[40]
  • Label: UMG Recordings
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
Global
[41]
UK
[20]
AUS
[42]
BEL
(FL)
Tip

[22]
CAN
[43]
IRL
[25]
NZ
Hot

[44]
US
[45]
US
Alt.

[46]
US
Rock

[47]
"Cocoa Hooves"[48] 2012 Leaflings EP
"Psylla"[49] 2013 Glass Animals EP
"Black Mambo"[50] 23 42 Zaba
"Pools"[51] 2014
"Gooey"[52] [B] 40 [C] 19 26
"Hazey"[58]
"Lose Control"[59]
(with Joey Bada$$)
2015 Non-album single
"Life Itself"[60] 2016 14 21 How to Be a Human Being
"Youth"[61] 29
"Season 2 Episode 3"[62] 42
"Pork Soda"[63] 2017 33
"Agnes"[64]
"Tokyo Drifting"
(with Denzel Curry)[65]
2019 [D] 40 33 Dreamland
"Your Love (Déjà Vu)"[67] 2020 35 7 10
"Dreamland"[68] 28 21
"Heat Waves"[69] 151 43 11 21 79 34 26 100 12 8
"It's All So Incredibly Loud"[70] 35 44
"Tangerine"
(featuring Arlo Parks)[71][E]
25 12 24 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of non-single chart appearances
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
Hot

[44]
US
Rock

[47]
"The Other Side of Paradise" 2016 45 How to Be a Human Being
"Hot Sugar" 2020 28 41 Dreamland
"Space Ghost Coast to Coast" 25 35
"Waterfalls Coming Out Your Mouth" 45

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ How to Be a Human Being did not enter the NZ Top 40 Albums Chart, but peaked at number two on the NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart.[31]
  2. ^ "Gooey" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 36 on the UK Physical Singles Chart Top 100.[53]
  3. ^ "Gooey" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 20 on the Hot Singles Sales chart.[54]
  4. ^ "Tokyo Drifting" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 22 on the UK Physical Singles Chart Top 100.[66]
  5. ^ The chart numbers refer to both the solo version of the song and the non-album version featuring Arlo Parks, however only the latter was released as a single.

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