Glass Animals are a four-piece band hailing from Oxford. Having met at school aged fourteen, Dave, Joe, Drew and Edmund recorded early EPs in Dave’s bedroom before being signed to WolfTone records, owned by Paul Epworth. Since then they’ve been to SXSW, Australia and just finished their latest UK tour, all of which supporting their debut album Zaba which came out on June 9th. Filled with psychedelic, off-beat tropical noises and obscure lyrics about peanut butter, it’s one of 2014’s finest releases.
I caught up with the band before their show at the Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds to discuss how the songs are constructed and produced. I also asked them about Dave’s decision to finish a medical degree early in order to pursue the band full-time and the confidence the band have been given by the support of Paul Epworth.
Live at the Belgrave Music Hall Glass Animals come across well, bringing the sounds of the album to life with a particularly strong drummer in Joe Seaward. I would have liked them to weave the songs together a little more to maintain the atmosphere they created, but I don’t doubt that in time they will nail it this minor aspect. Their records were beautifully brought to life, with frontman Dave Bayley providing a manic energy to the show which makes you worryingly believe him when he sings “I’m f*cking loco”.
Photo courtesy of Leo Garbutt