“Yeah (we are) really surprised”, reflects frontman David Bayley on the love Psylla has been receiving across Australia. “I mean when we make songs we don’t really make them thinking about who’s going to be listening to them. And we definitely didn’t expect people thousands of miles away to listen. We just made something we thought was interesting and could capture where our heads were at that time. It’s kind of nuts.”
The B-side to Psylla, Woozy has also made a fair bit of a splash in that it features an appearance by up and coming Chicago rapper Jean Deaux. “I’ve always been really into hip hop and all that; just the general feel and rhythm of it,” explains Bayley. “I had a couple of ideas lying around that I thought might work and so I sent that to her and I actually went down to New York for a couple of days and we made that whole track in a day.”
Key to Glass Animals rapid rise has been the partnership with Paul Epworth, the much sort after producer who’s worked with the likes of Bruno Mars, Florence and the Machine and Adele. Epworth signed the young four-piece to his newly created Wolf Tone Records label and has clearly had a big impact on the band.
“Working with him (Epworth) has been pretty inspiring,” admits Bayley. “He made all those records that brought us together as a band. He made that Bloc Party record and that first Maximo Park record and a lot of records that were the soundtrack to our teen years.
“He showed up at one of our shows. His name was on the guest list and we went, ‘No it’s not the real Paul Epworth’. But yeah it was. We went and got a bit drunk together and he told us about this label he was starting up and then the next thing we we’re in the studio.”
Bayley assures me that the studio time yielded positive results and Glass Animals’ debut album is all but finished and just waiting on management approval for a release date. He’s also quick to assert that musically, the album will be quite a step up from the previous releases in that it is far more adventurous.
“Actually it’s a lot bigger and a lot wilder,” says Bayley empathically. “I think when we were making those couple of tracks, those first singles we were all a little bit conscious, like we hadn’t made music before, like, ‘What is my mum going to think?’ It was a little bit tame. We threw those shackles away for this album and we got stuck in and I think it’s cool; it’s really raw sounding.”
In the meantime Glass Animals are venturing down to Australia on the back of the positive response to the Psylla single to play a run of fairly intimate shows, the kind that may not happen again considering their recent rise. Bayley is clearly excited at the prospect of bringing the band to unchartered territories and the fact that this is a band made up of childhood friends, makes it all the more exciting.
“Everyone is super honest with each other which I think is really important when making music,” says Bayley on the group’s working dynamic. “I mean it’s pretty cool waking up every day and jamming with your three closest friends.” Indeed it is.
BY JAMES NICOLI