Precisely two years in the past, Joe Seaward, the drummer of Glass Animals, suffered a horrible bicycle accident in Dublin. Preventing for her life, with a cranium fracture, she needed to bear neurosurgery and hope for one of the best. The forecasts had been reserved. For his longtime pal and bandleader Dave Bayley, this episode was a battle of optimism and shadows that made him consider the worst.

Subsequent to Joe, within the hospital mattress, reminiscences started to sprout in Bayley’s thoughts like by no means earlier than. So it was for a couple of months. These reminiscences spanning the primary of his life are what impressed Glass Animals’ new album, Dreamland.

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Dave Bayley of Glass Animals. Picture: Josh Brasted / .

We had the chance to talk with Dave by means of Zoom. From Mexico Metropolis to his residence studio in Hackney, East London. We took a couple of minutes to greet one another and begin speaking about their new album, his inspiration, his reminiscences, how troublesome it’s to unearth painful reminiscences and about his sound, a precise reflection of his life.

Not like its predecessor, The best way to Be a Human Being, Dreamland is autobiographical. Tackles every thing. From formative relationships, home violence, poisonous masculinity, to suicide and different difficult matters. For that, Bayley, who’s delicate and fairly shy, needed to search deep inside herself and push her limits.

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Dave Bayley of Glass Animals. Picture: Kieran Frost / .

At Dreamland there are atmospheric synths, Thoughts-blowing hip-hop beats, some bossa nova, warped electrical guitar traces, soul moments and a little bit of every thing interspersed with Bayley’s mother’s residence film audios to take us proper again to her childhood.

“I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m every thing”, Bayley tells us two days after releasing his album (which by the best way, you possibly can already hear it all over the place). “Proper now I’m primarily excited, however there was every thing”, we break the ice.

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Dave Bayley of Glass Animals. Picture: Burak Cingi / .

Then we began speaking about Joe’s accident. Not as an anecdote, however because the set off that began all of it. Because the set off for dozens of reminiscences that will grow to be his subsequent venture. “All the things occurred sluggish. He (Joe) had the horrible accident. I used to be very unhappy and desolate. I didn’t know what was going to occur … This raised many reminiscences. Reminiscences arose and commenced to flow into in my head. I began writing about them, however about different folks “.

“Nonetheless, ultimately, that inspired me to maintain writing about my reminiscences and that’s after I bought to see the following Glass Animals album. He already had an excellent quantity of reminiscences. ‘That is sufficient to have the ability to make a file’, I assumed. ‘It has sufficient weight and sufficient huge themes to offer it a attempt’ “.

“The great factor is that it labored. Generally you attempt to it doesn’t work. I attempted to jot down a disk on house as soon as and it didn’t work. I didn’t have sufficient coronary heart. He wasn’t human sufficient. Possibly someday I’ll make it, worse I don’t know. It didn’t resonate with me on the time. “

If you’re going to unearth reminiscences way back to the primary of your life, it’s not all the time a simple path. You will discover issues that damage, that may be unhappy, and that may be troublesome to deal with. You could come throughout issues that you could be not need to relive. However Bayley additionally discovered the optimistic aspect of doing it.

Dave Bayley and Drew MacFarlane from Glass Animals. Picture: Theo Wargo / .

“Primarily it’s that. The troublesome factor is to unearth the difficult reminiscences. There’s a motive you don’t keep in mind a whole lot of these issues. As a result of they’re painful and also you bury them to the underside. What I attempted to do was resolve these reminiscences. Get to the worst, at nighttime. In a method it is vitally unhappy on the time since you keep in mind issues that had been horrible, however in perspective blissful reminiscences grow to be a lot happier. So it’s each! ”.

Understanding, understanding, and unearthing reminiscences is usually a painful course of. But it surely may also be an especially therapeutic course of. Understanding your traumas and expressing them may also lead you to a spot of therapeutic. We talked to Dave Bayley about that.

Dave Bayley of Glass Animals. Picture: Noam Galai / .


“For the time being, ‘Dreamland’ is principally about exposing every thing and telling every thing that occurred to me with out making an attempt to research it an excessive amount of. It’s about spitting out the tales and exposing the injuries. I have no idea… To reveal the injuries with out letting them heal, to bleed out in music. No solutions but. Possibly that’s the following album. “

In Dremland, Dave Bayley talks about huge points like home violence, poisonous masculinity, suicide, and college shootings. Fairly bitter and troublesome matters to navigate. So we requested Bayley which Dreamland story was the toughest to jot down and inform.

Dave Bayley of Glass Animals. Picture: Lagerhaus / .

“Superb query. “There are lots of…” Dave says in a cracked voice. Assume a little bit bit. “The home violence was significantly troublesome. As a result of no one desires to relive that. That was very onerous. It was additionally troublesome to speak about when a pal introduced a gun to high school and tried to kill his classmates ”.

“These points made me perceive that persons are going to do despicable and unforgivable issues and typically they’re made by the folks you like. That’s the hardest. And settle for that it isn’t your fault. These had been the toughest songs to jot down.

Dreamland has a really attention-grabbing mixture of sounds and genres. It has hip-hop beats, some bossa nova, psychedelic electrical guitar traces, soul passages and even interludes of reminiscences from greater than 20 years in the past. Possibly this entire mixture is the {photograph} of how Dave remembers his childhood. With a little bit little bit of every thing.

“Positively. The album begins with the primary reminiscence I’ve in life. From after I was 5 or 6 years previous till now. I wished to play all of the levels with a sound and what it was prefer to develop. Seize all my tales and influences. What I all the time attempt to go to is The Beatles, The Seashore Boys and Nina Simone. As for hip-hop I all the time attempt to go in direction of Dr. Dre and Timberland. So the spinal column is these two sounds. “

However then if the music is by After I was 15 years previous and I found Radiohead, I put Radiohead-style sounds in it, similar with The Strokes. And the interludes are actually a house film. The one listening is my mother. She used to make these movies. “

The English band, Glass Animals. Picture: Joe Quigg / .

Like 1000’s of bands, Dave Bayley serves because the inventive thoughts of Glass Animals. Particularly for Dreamland, which is a really private venture, we wished to see the way you included Drew MacFarlane, Ed Irwin-Singer and Joe on this new group venture. How do you make it a band venture ultimately and never simply your contract musicians?

“Generally it’s troublesome. I attempt to depart room for them to place issues in, take away issues and modify some. Generally it really works and typically it doesn’t. We work every thing at a distance however we attempt to construct it collectively as a band. Generally I am going with a demo with the melody, the lyrics and the sounds. Generally it’s nearly completed and we silence all of the issues they don’t like and attempt to rebuild it. Then we find yourself with higher issues, typically it’s worse ”.

Dave Bayley of Glass Animals. Picture: Adam Gasson / .

“From ‘Dreamland’, for instance, we tried to rebuild ‘Warmth Waves.’ We tried it like 3 times and it didn’t work. In the long run the demo stayed on the album. It all the time modifications, however everybody has the chance to take away what they don’t like and put their stamp on ”.

Dave Bayley has repeatedly stated that Dreamland is probably the most difficult file in Glass Animals historical past. and for him. One thing should do with the onerous reminiscences, the sound that he had to decide on to decorate his venture or the actual fact of getting to place collectively the album largely as a soloist.

Joe Seaward from Glass Animals. Picture: Roberto Ricciuti / .

“For a lot of causes. Residing all these reminiscences as soon as once more is difficult. Some are troublesome to revive. Write them down and be weak. I’m considerably reserved, I don’t like doing that very a lot, however I did it anyway. I pushed myself to be very open.

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