Glass Animals’ third album, Dreamland, arrives after a interval of appreciable trauma for the band.

Thursday, sixth August 2020, 6:00 pm

Glass Animals. Image: Pooneh Ghana

Two summers in the past, drummer Joe Seaward was out biking in Dublin when he was struck by a van. The accident left him with a damaged femur and fractured cranium, unable to speak or stroll.

Dave Bayley, the band’s singer and songwriter, spent months visiting him in hospital and describes Seaward’s restoration – to the purpose the place he was in a position to participate in classes for the album and carry out once more dwell – as “fairly miraculous”.

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Bayley agrees it felt pure for Dreamland to be markedly extra autobiographical than its 2016 predecessor, How To Be a Human Being, as a consequence.

“I don’t truly like the concept of writing about myself, however there have been a few issues that inspired me to do it,” he says. “One was Joe’s horrible accident. I used to be simply in a hospital hoping that he’d be OK and there was nothing to put in writing about as a result of the long run was up within the air. We cancelled all of our touring, for a few years we weren’t on the street, and I used to be within the hospital ready for information.

“You begin going into your individual head and your individual recollections, as a result of that’s what you do when the long run is absolutely up within the air. Simply re-living these recollections, they turn into your new experiences, such as you’re alive, you’re human. Your mind naturally does it, it begins daydreaming quite a bit.

“I mainly didn’t know if Joe was going to outlive and after I did discover out that he would I went to America and did some writing for different initiatives, and that had been what was on my thoughts, these recollections. While you’re writing for another person it’s fairly simple to put in writing one thing private after which that simply stored taking place when it turned time to start out the Glass Animals document correctly, I simply continued it.”

After “pivotal surgical procedure”, Bayley attributes Seaward’s recuperation to his “stubbornness”. “It’s a very good trait. In case you’re not cussed and also you’re not decided to get well, it’s fairly difficult.”

The singer realises such a traumatic occasion has introduced the band nearer collectively. “After we had been confronted with the truth that we would by no means tour once more or this mission is likely to be over you see the larger image abruptly, which is that once you get to make music all day along with your greatest pals it’s the dream, we get to tour everywhere in the world and we felt fortunate to have the ability to return to that. So we went again and did all the primary venues we ever performed. I keep in mind these days very well, we had been so enthusiastic about every little thing little factor, we had been in a Toyota Camry driving ourselves throughout America with our gear on our laps, getting two hours sleep an evening. It appeared like hell on the time however now we’re like, ‘that was wonderful, we’re so fortunate to have the ability to do this’, so we did it once more.”

Two songs, Home Bliss and Area Ghost, are drawn from Bayley’s recollections of his upbringing in Texas earlier than he moved to Oxford, aged 14. He says Home Bliss, in regards to the home abuse skilled by his pal’s mom, was “actually troublesome to put in writing about”. “You bury a number of powerful issues that occur to you, I feel,” he displays. “When Joe had his accident a number of different recollections had been developing. You don’t actually wish to do not forget that form of factor, so digging it up was actually powerful. Making an attempt to recollect the way you felt and likewise feeling that you just want you’d been capable of do one thing however being too younger to essentially comprehend what was occurring. It’s a difficult factor to re-live, home violence.”

Area Ghost is a homage to gangsta rap, reiterating the US affect on Glass Animals’ music. “The entire album is my recollections, from my first reminiscence to now,” Bayley says. “It goes by way of all of the ups and downs and the complicated moments. I feel these complicated moments in life once you’re undecided what’s occurring and completely certain how you’re feeling are sometimes essentially the most susceptible however a very powerful and essentially the most attention-grabbing issues can occur, and it’s about these ones. They are often good or dangerous, humorous or unhappy.

“I feel when you had an album that was simply one-dimensional and unhappy the entire time it could lose its weight. I really like that there’s joyful moments and unhappy moments, the juxtaposition makes the unhappy moments extra highly effective.”

Bayley opens up about his flaws on this document. He says it was “powerful” to current these songs to the remainder of the band, however discovered them supportive. “We’ve been collectively for a very long time they usually know quite a bit about me, however they didn’t know quite a bit about these items,” he says. “They had been actually encouraging, which is nice. They inspired me to place a music referred to as Agnes (in regards to the suicide of a childhood pal) on the earlier document – that was actually the primary time I wrote one thing private and the response to that music gave me the encouragement to go forward and correctly write a extra private document.”

The voice of Bayley’s mom is interwoven between the songs. He says he’d written interludes to attach the tracks however they felt “a bit bare”. “I believed, ‘How can I symbolise that? What’s the one factor that’s there between all of these massive modifications in my life?’ It was my mum. She’s all the time the voice of cause or chaos, however usually cause. She made all these residence films of me and my brother rising up, she narrates them as a result of we had been too younger to essentially say something helpful. Each time I am going go to my mum she performs me these movies on the outdated camcorder. For Christmas I bought them ripped onto a USB stick for her and I simply took the USB stick and ripped the audio and that’s what you hear.”

Total he sees Dreamland as an optimistic album. “It’s not meant to be conclusive however I feel the optimism comes from accepting the truth that it’s OK to not match these stereotypes which can be imposed upon you as a Texan child. It’s accepting a number of issues, that life is complicated and individuals are going to harm you and also you’re going to harm folks your self. Perhaps it’s like forgiving your self just a little bit for lots of these issues, so in that approach sure, it’s actually optimistic.”

Dreamland is out on Friday August 7. Glass Animals play at O2 Academy Leeds on Might 21, 2021.

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