VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Glass Animals at Treasure Island Music Festival 2016

glass-animalsGlass Animals released their sophomore album How To Be A Human Being in August 2016 to strong reviews and a welcoming fanbase. The album is chock full of inspiration by the various people the band encountered while touring. Lead singer and producer Dave Bayley’s lyrical ideas came from live recordings of people saved on his phone, as though he’d been operating as some sort of roaming journalist all this time. “I try to sneakily record people, and I have hours and hours of these amazing rants from taxi drivers, strange people we met outside of shows, people at parties.” Led by the first single, “Life Itself”, the album showcases a variety of sounds, most notably on the track, “Season 2 Episode 3”. As Bayley describes the lyrical content, “it’s about that person we all know who sits around all day playing video games, binging on Netflix, ordering Uber Eats, smoking and basically doing NOTHING. The sonics I put around the song were meant to reflect what she hears and sees every day. TVs going on and off, 8 bit synths, whirling fizzy sounds to represent the haze of pot smoke, vibrato on everything to make it all quite wavy, lyrical nods to assorted psychedelic cartoons.” The video plays into the 8-bit sounds as the viewer is brought into a video game as the subject traverses through various environments and levels. The final stage of the visual’s video game will be turned into an interactive video game app, which will be available at the end of October. Multimedia designer and developer of the Glass Animals game, Whoopi, explains, “We wanted to be able to give fans of Glass Animals a chance to go beyond the music video with a mobile app that allows them to play the music video as a video game from their phones and browsers. The music video is already pulled from all types of retro games, so it’s only right to make it interactive by putting the control of the video into the hand of the fans.”

B-Sides On-Air host Pete Mar, met up with Dave Bayley and Joe Seward of Glass Animals during the Treasure Island Music Festival 2016 to talk about the various people they met on their previous tour, talk about the video game plans for “Season 2 Episode 3” and more. Check out the interview:

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