Glass Animals

Glass Animals are an English indie rock band from Oxford consisting of members Dave Bayley (lead vocals, guitar), Drew MacFarlane (guitar, keys, backing vocals), Edmund Irwin-Singer (bass, keys, backing vocals), and Joe Seaward (drums).[2] The group released their debut album Zaba in June 2014 as the first release on producer Paul Epworth's label Wolf Tone, and their second album How to Be a Human Being on 26 August 2016, which received a nomination for the 2017 Mercury Prize,.[3] The band has toured internationally, including at major festivals.

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Glass Animals performing at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago
Background information
OriginOxford, England
Years active2010–present
  • Dave Bayley
  • Drew MacFarlane
  • Edmund Irwin-Singer
  • Joe Seaward


2012–15: Zaba and various EPs

Bandmates Bayley, Seaward, MacFarlane and Irwin-Singer were friends at secondary school in Oxford, forming Glass Animals in 2010 during the summer holidays while attending different universities in the UK. They first performed live at Oxford's Jericho Tavern on 9 April 2010 supporting Chapel Club. Their radio debut was on BBC Introducing in Oxford in June of the same year, with "Slikk Furr".[4] The band released their debut EP, Leaflings, on 28 May 2012, which included the single "Cocoa Hooves". It was released on independent label Kaya Kaya Records, a subsidiary and imprint of XL Recordings (part of the Beggars Group of labels). Lead singer and guitarist Dave Bayley was attending medical school at King's College, London but left after Adele's producer Paul Epworth saw Glass Animals performing in London and signed them to his label Wolf Tone.

In 2013, the band released Black Mambo/Exxus EP in Europe, and Glass Animals EP in the USA. The online release of the track Black Mambo brought the band their first attention via a number of reviews and reposts on internet blogs.[5] "We didn’t really know anything about the music industry or the music world. We were just trying to figure out who we were, what sounded good to us," said lead singer Dave Bayley when asked what the band was doing during the period of time between the release of "Black Mambo" and their debut album.[6] The Glass Animals EP also saw the band collaborating with Jean Deaux, a soulful hip-hop teenager from Chicago, on a song titled "Woozy".

In 2014, the band made their first visit to the USA, performing at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. They released three more singles: "Pools", "Gooey", and "Hazey", and a collaboration with Argentine indie pop singer-songwriter and producer Tei Shi.

All five singles were included on the band's debut album, Zaba, which was released on 6 June 2014. The album received generally positive review. The band performed the single "Gooey" on Late Night with Seth Meyers[7] in 2014, and again on The Late Show with David Letterman[8] on 24 February 2015, and toured extensively after Zaba, visiting both hemispheres and played over 130 shows in 2015 alone. Their October 2015 US tour included two sold out shows at The Wiltern in LA and sold out shows across America including T5 in NYC, The Riverside in Milwaukee, and The Midland in Kansas City.

A collaboration with American hip hop recording artist Joey Bada$$, titled "Lose Control", was released on 6 October 2015. The idea for the song was apparently sparked during a randomly shared studio session. Frontman Dave Bayley says, “I got hold of Joey's mixtape back in 2012 and was hooked. A couple months ago I heard he was into Glass Animals so I got in touch, and when I was in Brooklyn he came by the studio one night. We're both addicted to red vitamin water so we picked some up. Then I ordered some dumplings. Then I started playing him some sounds. Within an hour we had the beat and he was like 'I’m ready.' He got into the booth and put down pretty much the entire thing in one foul swoop…dude is so talented. Then I hopped in and did my bit. Then I ate my dumplings. Hopefully we're gonna do some more stuff together at some point”. [9] Joey Bada$$ says, “We were in New York and the session that was supposed to start at 11am, actually started at 11pm. I fuck with Dave heavy - we understood each other’s vibe straight away and worked through the night to create this fire. Nobody got hurt.” [10]

Lead singer, Dave Bayley, also worked with DJ Dahi, resulting in a writing cut on the track 'The Middle Finger' on Wale's Billboard number one album, 'The Album About Nothing' in 2015.[11]

2016–18: How to Be a Human Being and tour

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Dave Bayley performs during Sloss Music and Arts Festival in Birmingham, Alabama in July 2016.

On 16 May 2016, the band released the lead single, "Life Itself", from their second album How to Be a Human Being.[12] "Life Itself" peaked at number 14 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and spent 26 weeks on Sirius XM's Alt-18 chart, peaking at number 1.[13] A music video for the song was released on 7 June 2016. The band also created a website based on the character from "Life Itself".

On 25 July, a second single from the album, "Youth", was released along with its music video.[13] Four days before the release of the album, on 22 August, the band released a third single, "Season 2 Episode 3", about a girl who "spends her entire time watching TV, lounging around, not doing anything, being high, eating mayonnaise from a jar".[14]

The full album How to Be a Human Being was released on 26 August 2016 by Wolf Tone and Caroline International in Europe, and Harvest Records in the United States. The album received critical acclaim for its "sense of wonder" and "immediate impression", though it was also met with some mixed reactions, for critics felt that it was somewhat premature. They played Laneway Festivals in six different cities (Singapore, Sydney, and Auckland, among others). During their time in Australia, their three singles from How To Be A Human Being—Youth, Life Itself, and Season 2 Episode 3, respectively—came in at 38, 63 and 98 on Triple J's Hottest 100.

In July 2018, drummer Joe Seaward was seriously injured when he was hit by a lorry while cycling in Dublin. Joe's accident and recovery resulted in the band canceling their remaining tour dates for rest of the year.[15]

On September 14, 2018, 6lack released his sophomore album East Atlanta Love Letter, which included "Seasons," a track produced by frontman Dave Bayley, featuring American singer-songwriter Khalid (singer).

Band members

  • David "Dave" Bayley (born 7 June 1989)[16][17]– Lead vocals, guitar, tambourine
  • Andrew "Drew" L. MacFarlane (born 21 November 1988)[18][19] – Guitar, keys, backing vocals
  • Edmund Irwin-Singer (born 23 November 1988)[18][20] – Bass, keys, backing vocals
  • Joe Seaward (born 22 October 1988)[18][21] – Drums


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales


Zaba 92 12 162 177
How to Be a Human Being[33]
  • Released: 26 August 2016
  • Label: Wolf Tone, Caroline International
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
23 11 68 151 50 120 20 77 87 20
"—" denotes albums that did not chart, or were not released in that country.

Extended plays

Title Released


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List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album Certifications
(List of music recording certifications)




"Black Mambo" 2013 23 42 Zaba
"Pools" 2014
"Gooey" 40 25 19 26
"Lose Control" (with Joey Bada$$) 2015 Non-album single
"Life Itself" 2016 48 14 21 How to Be a Human Being
"Youth" 29
"Season 2 Episode 3" 42
"Pork Soda" 2017 48 33
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charting songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"The Other Side Of Paradise" 2016 45 How to Be a Human Being
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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