Release Date Friday 7th August
All pre orders will be dispatched/made ready for collection on that date.
Album Launch Gig currently set for Thursday 3rd December but this date is very much TBC till we have more info from the government that shows are safe to take place.
CD Album + 1 Ticket £16.99
Cassette + 1 Ticket £17.99
Vinyl LP + 1 Ticket £24.99
Exclusive Blue Vinyl LP + 1 Ticket £24.99
PLEASE NOTE Album + Ticket Bundles are limited to 4 per person. Ticket only is limited to 1 per person
(PLEASE READ DETAILS BEFORE PLACING YOUR ORDER)
To celebrate the release of their new album ‘Dreamland’ Glass Animals will come to Leeds for a special intimate launch show at Brudenell Social Club on Thursday 3rd December. Door times 7pm (tbc) with the band on stage shortly afterwards, so please be prompt. (please note this date is very much TBC once we have more info from the government that shows are safe to take place.)
We have set up special bundles (in the drop down box above) for this release where fans of the band can purchase an album on a format of your choice and get a ticket for this exclusive launch gig at the Brudenell Social Club.
There is a limited capacity for this event so we would expect all the album and ticket bundles to sell out very quickly.
This is an ALL AGES SHOW
One copy of an album on any format gets one ticket for the gig. Two album purchases gets two tickets.
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE PRINTING TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT AND THEY WILL BE NEEDED FOR ENTRY TO THE BRUDENELL. ORDER EMAILS ETC WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED ON THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT.
Postage Option – tickets and albums will be shipped out togther on or just before the release date (Friday 7th August)
Collect at Crash is available but you must be able to collect in the first week of release from the shop to validate the ticket (Between Friday 7th August – Thursday 13th August) so please place your order with postage first and then email us at [email protected] to arrange a refund etc.
Please note, there is NO collect at venue option.
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Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Melon and the Coconut
Your Love (Déjà vu)
Waterfalls Coming Out Your Mouth
It’s All So Incredibly Loud
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At the beginning ofthethird albumfromLondonband Glass Animals, frontman Dave Bayleyasks himself a series of questionsabout fundamental issues:identity, memory, love, friendship, the person you have been and the person you want to be. How doyou answer so many questions that cut to the heart of who you are? Well, Bayleysings in the very last line, “You go make an album and call it Dreamland.”“I’ve always hatedthe idea of writing about myself,”says Bayley, who is Glass Animals’singer, songwriterand producer. On Dreamland, at last,he throws offthat reluctance and takes the plunge. It’s a memoirin the form of a song cycle, inspired by sonic maestros from Brian Wilson to Timbaland, andit holds nothing back.DaveBayley, Ed Irwin-Singer (bass),Drew MacFarlane (guitar) and Joe Seaward (drums)released their first album, Zaba, in 2014, on Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label. It was a modest debut (“We thought we’d go back to our jobs,”Bayleysays) until thestealthily addictiveGooey became a platinum-certified viral streaming hit.They have sincenotched up over two billion streams, appeared on James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel, and toured the worldto strikingly diverse audiences, from Glastonbury to Primavera and Red Rocks to Coachella. “The T-shirts you see in the front row aremad,”says Bayley.“You’ll see a Can T-shirt, a Justin Bieber T-shirt, a Korn T-shirt,a Grateful Dead T-shirt…”Bayleyfigured that most bands’second albums are informed by life on the road, for better or worse, so instead ofwriting about himself, why not tell the stories of some of the fascinating people they met?Each song on2016’sMercury-shortlisted How to Be a Human Beingexplorea different characteruntil the overwhelming final track, Agnes, whenBayley opened up aboutlosing a friend to suicide.“I was asking people direct questions,”he explains.“I thought it was a bit unfair to do that to other people and notask questions of myself.Agnes was me turning the camera on myself at the end of the record.”At first he was unsureif he wanted to release such a painfully revealingsongbut oncethe album was out, fans got in touchto tell Bayleyhow much the songhad helped them.“I think people appreciated the honesty…people maybe like seeing that it’s ok to be confused” he says. “If being open can dothat, then you have to do it.”“I think partof the reason Dave created these strange worlds and characters is because he had stories that were worth telling but he didn’t have anothervehicle to express them,”says Joe Seaward.“Theywere heavily disguised to the outside world. Agnes was the beginning of a change.When we wererecording itnone of us spoke about it, even though we all knew what it was about. It wasareally moving, difficult thing for us to do and Dreamlandfeels likeanextension of that.Now hecan tell these stories as Daveand own them.”Around the same time, Bayleystarted writing and producing for other artists, including JoeyBada$$, Flume, 6lack, Wale,Khalidand, on last year’s Tokyo Drifting, Denzel Curry. “I was learning how otherpeople wrote about themselvesand seeing that it’s OK,”he says.Having avoided autobiography forso long, he decided to go allin. “The ideaof Dreamlandisto go frommy first memory up untilnow, through all the big realisations that happen in life.It’s about the things that happened and the people that surrounded me in that time, good things, bad things, horrific things, funny things, confusing things, bits where I hated myself,bits where I hated
other people, first loves, discovering sexuality, sadness, abandonment, mental health. It’s just painting pictures of those moments and times that, looking back, make you who you are.”Many of those memoriesare American. Dave’s Welsh father and Israelimother met in New York and moved out to start a family, so he spent the first seven years of his life in Massachusetts and the next seven in Texas, before movingto the UKat the age of 14. “I had a really weird accent,”he says,sounding very English. “America is where my roots are. It has all the things I grew up with.”Bayley’sfirst musical memory is his dad playing Pet Sounds sohe nods toBrian Wilson in the chiming motif ofDreamland 2020. Like a movie trailer, the trackincludes references to everyother song on the album, both lyrical and musical.“Thosechords are asking questions,so they repeat throughoutthe album in hidden ways,”he says.His mum’s influence is even more apparent: sampled from old home movies, her voice recursthroughout Dreamland.Two songs tellunsettling stories from Bayley’stimein Texas. “I see the bruise/I see the truth/I see what he’s been doing to you,”hesings on the anguished R&B ofDomestic Bliss (Hawaii), remembering a child’s first encounterwith violence. “Even at that young age you know something horrific is going on,”he says.Space Ghost (Coast to Coast) uses a gangsta raphomage to bring to lifea youthful friendship gone wrong. If you’re singingabout listening to Dr Dre, who better to mix it than Dre protégéDerek “MixedbyAli”Ali?Similarly, Your Love’s conflictedbooty callpays tribute to the formative influenceof Timbaland and the Neptunes. “I was obsessed with those sounds,”Bayley says.“In Texas it was either that orcountry music.”Childhood memories segue into the traps and conundrums ofadult relationships. The sun-dazed DirtySouth soul ofHot Sugar describes the familiar error of meeting a charismatic maverick and confusing awe with love: “I don’t want to be around you/ I just want to be like you.”The indelibly catchyHeatWave (“my version of a pop song about love butit’s a bit fucked”) nails the realisation that you’ve sacrificedyour personalitytothecharacteryour partner wants you to be.On Waterfalls’playful falsetto hip hop, Bayleypokes fun at theridiculous things he says to impress a new partner: “You hear words coming out of your mouth and think, ‘That’s not me,’but you do it anyway.”As you can tell by now, Bayley doesn’t let himself get off lightly. He realised that he couldn’t write personal songs unless he was fully honestabout his flaws and follies.“I blame myselffor a lot of things,”he says.“I’m a Jew, I think we dothat. But you’regoing to fuck up. There isn’t a solution to everything.”The gathering stormofIt’s All So Incredibly Loudexpresses the dreadful pauseafter youtellsomeone something that you know will hurt them.“That song isall about three seconds,”he says.“In a way that silence was the loudest thing I’ve ever heard.”The luminescentclosing trackHelium (White Pyramids) is Bayley’sfinal reckoning with guilt, its final momentsloopingthe listener right back to the start of the album. “We’ve all done shitthat we really regret,”he says, summing up Dreamland’s spirit of confession and catharsis.“You have to forgive yourself.”Thealbum emerged from a traumatic period for Glass Animals.In July 2018, Joe Seaward was knocked off his bicycle by a van in Dublin, breaking a femur andfracturing his skull. For the first week, he says, “I couldn’t speak and Icouldn’t remember anything: what happened, who was there, how much pain I was in. It’s a black hole.I had neurosurgery and wokeup with staples in my head.”“That was a scary moment,”says Bayley. “I’d lost my best friend and Ithought I was goingto lose another one.I did a couple of years at medicalschool so I knew it could go either way.”
As Seaward gradually recovered, he was able to participate in the recording of Dreamland and played his first show since theaccident inOxford last November. “All of the friends and family who had wondered whether or notthat would ever happen again were able to share that night with us.”Recorded in London in 2019, Dreamland was produced by Bayleyand mixed by DavidWrench, Manny Maroquin and MixedbyAli, with invaluable advice from executive producer Paul Epworth.Glass Animals’most enthralling album to date,it’sapop record of rarescope, visionand emotional depth. So the discomfort of autobiographical songwritingwas worth it, then?“I’m still quite self-conscious about it,”Bayleyadmitswith a smile,“but it’s done now.”He went and made an album and he called it Dreamland.ends