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Live Gig Video: Glass Animals perform their hit single ‘Gooey’ at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles

 
By on Wednesday, 12th November 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Glass Animals have spent quite a bit of their time this year touring over here in America, with a sixth visit scheduled in December to include holiday shows in Columbus, Ohio; Portland; and Kansas City. During their visit to Los Angeles in October 2014 where they played two sold out shows at the famed Troubadour, they managed to fit in the filming of this live performance of their hit single ‘Gooey’ at Capitol Studios into their busy touring schedule.

While their style of music as shown with debut album ‘Zaba’ lends itself to a more colourful, celebratory atmosphere, this black and white presentation allows one to better focus on and appreciate the contributions of each of the four principals; for one, you can actually hear bassist Edmund Irwin-Singer’s backing vocals on this video. Watch the performance below. Below it, I’ve also embedded a lyric video the band have released this week, just in case you’re still thinking Dave Bayley is singing “ride my little Pooh bear” and to stop you from embarrassing yourself at the next karaoke night, crooning, “you just wanna know those peanut butter thighs”. We try and be helpful here at TGTF…

For more on TGTF’s coverage on Glass Animals, including a review of their sold out show in Glasgow last month I covered, head this way. The band are set to tour the UK and Ireland next in March 2015.

 

Live Review: Glass Animals with Atom Tree at Glasgow CCA – 17th October 2014

 
By on Tuesday, 28th October 2014 at 2:00 pm
 

I love Glasgow. It’s definitely surpassed Manchester in my favourite cities in the UK. I’m always pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the people in a town that really shouldn’t be so friendly; if you kept your eyes to the sky above, often cloud-filled and threatening to rain if it’s not raining already. I still remember the first band interview I ever did, 5 years ago in Nottingham with Friendly Fires on their tour bus. They said they’d had an outdoor picnic before meeting up with me, as it was so unusual for Notts to be that sunny, so surely I must have brought the sunshine over from America with me.

My gift seems to have worked for this last visit to Glasgow too, as the only times when I was in Glasgow that it actually rained was after I’d gotten back from Edinburgh to see Fatherson and Model Aeroplanes Thursday night (see that review here) and after I’d emerged into the night after this show Friday night. The rain, it appeared, seemed to understand exactly how I was feeling at that moment.

The Centre for Contemporary Arts, known by everyone in town by its neat acronym CCA, is a world-class museum. Its location in Glasgow makes perfect sense: in a city with so many visionaries and creative types, you need a place like this to take these folks’ cutting edge ideas and shout them to the heavens, so to speak. I’d been promised by a local manager friend of mine that the place was gorgeous and the Glass Animals show there would be unmissable. So off I went.

Atom Tree at Glasgow CCA

First up were support act Atom Tree, local to Glasgow. Live, they’re an electronic three-piece, but Atom Tree is essentially the project of 23-year old Glaswegian Shaun Canning, who both writes and produces the act’s music. While this isn’t all uncommon to have an electronic act to be run behind the scenes in essence and to have a beguiling female vocalist out front – think Germany’s Claire, and to somewhat lesser extent, NO CEREMONY/// – Julie Knox fills her role as frontwoman well. In only black and metallic colours, she could be the ice queen of your dreams or your nightmares, whatever your poison. Mick Robertson joins Canning’s project live as drummer, choosing standing over sitting over his percussive equipment (not a full drum kit, mind) for a more dynamic presence.

Atom Tree at Glasgow CCA

Banter between songs by either Knox or Canning was minimal, but that makes total sense after the fact, now that I know Atom Tree is Canning’s baby. As a result though, I don’t know the titles of the songs they played, though I can say that I quickly became mesmerised by the Atom Tree sound. Knox’s vocals drip off of ‘See the Light’, nonchalant as she questions coldly, “our love is only real if you feel it inside / whatcha gonna do if I turn around and tell you I’m not in love with you?” The words pair perfectly with Canning’s spare synth and piano notes, as if sympathetic to the singer’s own conflict on how she feels.

Atoms are the basic building blocks of life and trees represent life and strength, so the act’s name is entirely appropriate, as Canning favours a less than more approach to his songwriting, yet without sacrificing might. In these days of overblown production in nearly every genre, it’s truly refreshing to see an electronic producer show such restraint. Major key and bombastic instrumental ‘Die For Your Love’, a track that was released to the blogosphere’s acclaim in late 2013, doesn’t suffer from lack of vocal content at all; if anything, it proves Canning’s talent for developing and creating the kind of epic soundscape that most DIY bedroom laptop producers can only dream of.

The bands I met and talked with on my trip in other cities are all in agreement that they look at Glass Animals‘ recent success in America with wide-eyed wonderment. It’s always confused me why a band will succeed in one market and not another; while I predicted the band would do well in America solely on the r&b / hip hop flavour Dave Bayley has managed to infuse into all of their songs, I also thought they’d do equally as well in the UK. I also saw them play Liverpool Magnet on this tour a week prior, and while the response was good, the energy of the crowd wasn’t anywhere near what I’d witnessed on their prior visits to Washington in July and September. Leave it to the Glaswegians to sell out the CCA and give the band, at the end of the UK leg of their European tour, a proper sendoff. The only thing missing were those 8-foot tall palm trees.

Glass Animals at Glasgow CCA

If you had the chance to see any of the shows on this UK tour, I’d bet a million (Scottish) pounds Glasgow was the one to be at. Appreciative punters yelled and whistled with approval. They stamped their feet on the all too posh, all-wood floor (apologies to the CCA, I don’t think they knew what they were in for when they booked this gig). They sang along – loudly – to ‘Gooey’. Bayley seemed impressed by the crowd reaction, complimenting the grooving of one of my new local friends down the front who seemed to have gone into a trance upon hearing the band play live for a second time. Another time, Bayley praised the city as a whole for their dancing ability. Maybe my impression that all musically-inclined Glaswegians can be found in their bedrooms late on a Sunday night with a bottle of whisky and The Twilight Sad spinning on their turntables is unfounded?

Unquestionably, the moment of the night was when Glasgow got their first chance to lay their eyes and ears on Glass Animalslive cover version of Kanye West’s ‘Love Lockdown’. I thought I would be surrounded by men and women fainting from the spectacle and for sure, there were some weak knees around me. But somehow they all righted and a carnival atmophere endured when encore closer and all-around crowd pleaser ‘Pools’ started up.

Glass Animals at Glasgow CCA

Certainly, ‘Zaba’ is going to be a hard act to follow, and so is its accompanying live show. Will Glass Animals suffer from the difficult second album? We’ll have to wait and see, but if Bayley’s assertion to Clash magazine that he’s already been writing new material while on the road and “When we do get to do another record, though, it should be quite quick…”, it will be sooner rather than later when we’ll know.

 

MP3(s) of the Day #858 (and more!): Rome Fortune

 
By on Friday, 10th October 2014 at 10:00 am
 

Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune just finished up a support slot opening for Glass Animals on their massive autumn tour of North America. I’m generally not a huge fan of straight rap, but there was just something about Fortune’s opening performance at the Black Cat in Washington DC on 17 September that I found very honest. Not to mention he’s quite catchy with his rhyme and got everyone’s hands in the air too!

Guess they’re all pals now, as Dave Bayley reworked their new buddy Rome into a new version of their upcoming single ‘Hazey’, which drops next Monday, the 13th of October, on Wolf Tone / Caroline International. (We previously posted the promo and live from London Meltdown Festival versions of the single on TGTF.) So for today’s MP3(s) of the Day (and more!) post, we’re streaming below that rework, along with the entire ‘Small VVorld’ album from Rome Fortune that premiered on Billboard on Tuesday, which Fortune is offering up entirely for free. Have a listen to both and if you fancy grabbing the album for your very own, you can do so through this link.

 

MP3 of the Day #857: Glass Animals

 
By on Tuesday, 7th October 2014 at 10:00 am
 

The latest remix of Glass Animals‘ ‘Gooey’ is a unique one. Harlem-based producer Mike Slott‘s background is rooted in jazz and classical music, which seems like a total mismatch to Glass Animals’ oozy, woozy psychedelic groove style.

You’ll be surprised though with Slott’s treatment, as it’s so different from all the other remixes you’d have already heard on the ‘Gooey’ EP: instead of throwing everything at it and adding a massive number of layers on top of the original, Slott chose to go minimalist, it’s almost ghostly in its New Age-dness. Listen to and download it for free below.

 

Live Gig Video: Glass Animals perform new single ‘Hazey’ at London Meltdown Festival

 
By on Friday, 3rd October 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

It’s Friday, so I thought, why not post something fun and dancey to get you in the mood for the weekend? Oxford’s Glass Animals have released another live video from their exemplary performance at London Meltdown Festival back in June. In August, we posted the film of ‘Black Mambo’ from the night filmed by cinematographer Georgio Testi. This time, it’s of their upcoming single ‘Hazey’, which will be released on the 13th of October, smack dab in the middle of their next UK tour.

Glass Animals are currently in America, finishing up a tour with sold out shows in San Francisco tonight, followed by back to back sold out gigs in Los Angeles over the weekend. Their next UK tour begins next Friday, the 10th of October, at Liverpool Magnet; tickets to the tour are on sale now except for London Oval, which has sold out. The band also announced this week a new UK tour for March 2015, with tickets on sale now. The new tour includes their largest show to date at London Shepherds Bush Empire on Tuesday the 10th of March; the band promises they have “some cool plans for that one.” Quite tempting…

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Glass Animals / March 2015 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 30th September 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Update: shows in Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin have been added as of 20/10/2014 and are on sale now.

If you were disappointed Glass Animals weren’t coming to your town on their upcoming tour in October or you missed out on tickets to the now sold out show at London Oval, you might just be in luck. The Oxford band have a new UK tour for March 2015 that includes several cities – Leeds, Newcastle, Bath and Cardiff – they won’t be hitting next month, and the series of dates includes their biggest show to date at London Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday the 10th of March. Tickets are on sale now.

For previous coverage on Glass Animals, including this live performance of ‘Black Mambo’ filmed beautifully by Giorgio Testi at Meltdown Festival in June, head this way.

Monday 2nd March 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Thursday 5th March 2015 – Manchester Gorilla* added 20/10/2014
Friday 6th March 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Saturday 7th March 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus* added 20/10/2014
Monday 9th March 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Tuesday 10th March 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – Bath Komedia (upgraded from Moles)
Thursday 12th March 2015 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Friday 13th March 2015 – Liverpool Kazimier
Saturday 14th March 2015 – Dublin Academy* added 20/10/2014

 
 
 

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