Last time a British band made its way to the U.S., it left us weak-kneed and absolutely love struck. Glass Animals is here to throw us in for a spin all over again, this time with an indietronica twist.
With its unique traces of psychedelic rock and jazz, along with inspiration from Pink Floyd and southern London’s music scene, Glass Animals is a refreshing breath of air in today’s stifling radio.
The English indie-rock band originates from Oxford where lead singer, and at the time medical student, Dave Bayley approached his close friends Drew MacFarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer, and Joe Seaward with some late night creations fueled by insomnia. Within days of slight alterations and exposure on the internet, their exotic sounds caught the attention of various artists and producers, leading to the inception of Glass Animals.
Glass Animals released their debut album ZABA last summer, the name inspired by Bayey’s favorite childhood book, The Zaba Jaba Jungle, in which Leonard traverses through an illusive jungle, the story strongly resonating through their mystical tone.
And the band has been off to quite the successful start. From their hit song “Gooey” climbing up to #19 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart by November 2014, to touring across America at major music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza this summer, Glass Animals is definitely coming in with a bang.
It won’t take more than a hot minute of listening to Dave’s hypnotic vocals and the band’s smooth rhythm to leave you all gooey inside from those “peanut butter vibes”.
Featured photo courtesy of Liam Cushing.