Glass Animals met aged 13 at high school in Oxford and started playing together in 2010. Presently 27, they're on the brink of delivering their second album 'How To Be A Human Being'. It's the aftercomer to 2014's 'Zaba', which was highly succesful in America and Australia and has up to this point sold close to 500,000 copies.
The album's lead single, 'Life Itself', was released in May and showcased the band opening up after what Bayley regards as the "thick rainforest" of their debut. The vocals are more clear, the tunes are meatier and the ensemble is undeniable. Shockingly better: it's really about a jobless science fiction eccentric in Camden - yet that doesn't diminish by any means the fact it's a flat out tune.
Preceding their tour, they're chopping down the intricacy of the production. They don't utilize a backing track - "a plague" in live performance, says Bayley - so all things considered they do "whatever four persons can do live". Some evenings they'll totally strip back a tune, other evenings they'll do a nine-minute remix. "Now and then the audience is truly up for a dance party, however assuming it's f@*king hot and everybody's high as f**k, they need an ambient experience."