GLASS ANIMALS are a band with a very natural sense of mystery. Singer and song-writer Dave Bayley never had any intention whatsoever of forming a group, but around three years ago at medical school, insomnia gave him some precious spare hours. And what better use of spare hours is there than listening to music and messing around with Garage Band on a half-dead relic of a laptop you were gifted by your Dad?
So the bare bones of GLASS ANIMALS’ first songs took shape late at night — inspired by South London’s bass music scene – recorded secretly and quietly in a small room near Elephant and Castle. Surprisingly for everyone, the result was a beautiful piece of ambient electronica called Golden Antlers, pitched somewhere between Anthony & the Johnsons and James Blake.
Eventually this was shown only to Dave’s three closest friends, now band mates, who tweaked it and pinched its haunches a little before they put it onto the Internet. Within days of the music going up managers, artists, promoters, agents and lawyers all began to get in touch. These friends had formed a band around themselves without even realising it. In the late spring of 2012 the band released a single on XL’s Kaya Kaya imprint, and later joined Wolf Tone label. Source: www.rotondes.lu
The first long-player „ZABA“ is equally inspired by Kanye West and Charles Darwin, Nina Simone and the Velvet Underground, a very special record, indeed. “I used to be really into super-clean, no flaws production,” says Dave Bayley about the recording process, “but now I like the context and soul that mistakes, chopped samples, and swirly white amp-noises give you…. We definitely were a bit self-conscious, we were once afraid to do something bold. Now when we’re together in the studio we don’t worry about those things. In fact, we don’t worry about anything at all…”