The Day Glass Animals Asked Me to Touch their Icky Gooey Womb
There aren’t too many people who can call me Pooh Bear and ask me to touch their icky gooey womb, but when it comes to English indie rock band Glass Animals, I can make exceptions.
If you haven’t jammed to their very hypnotizing song ‘Gooey’ or the psychedelic beats on a number of their songs off of their first album, Zaba, you better get with it. This young band has been making waves, with features at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza; an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers; and a sold out U.S. Tour. These guys are on fire. In fact, it would be hard for anyone to believe these rising stars would have the time to come chill out and listen to some tunes with the people at McCann right? Well believe it.
This past Tuesday, Glass Animals stopped by not only to please our ears with their awesome Oxford accents, but also to give us the exclusive listen to their sophomore album, How to be Human. Inspired by their youth (sheesh, millenials) and intrigue in different people’s lives, each song is rooted in different people the band has met on tour. They would start up random conversation and record the interesting stories each person had to tell. Some of these recordings can be heard mixed into songs, like ‘Pork Soda,' while others just tell the stories of incredible people, like the lead singer’s favorite ‘Agnes.’
When asked how this album has evolved from the first, lead singer Dave Bayley said that while their first album was ambient, controlled and calm, the new one is “full of gnarly song," more spontaneous and raw with real emotion. And boy did it deliver. Every person in the room who got the privilege to listen had their heads bobbing and their legs pulsing to the awesome sounds pouring through the speakers.
If you were one of the unlucky ones who didn’t get to attend, check out their new single ‘Like Itself’ — if you listen to it up on the 25th floor and close your eyes, it will be like you were there.