See Glass Animals smash stereotypes at gig at Plug in Sheffield

Glass Animals play Plug in Sheffield tonight.

Glass Animals play Plug in Sheffield tonight.

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Glass Animals have stormed Spotify, wooed Radiohead’s bassist and taken America.

And now, the slick, lush electro-indie act are heading for Sheffield.

The band were founded in Oxford by former neuroscientist Dave Bayley, whose approach to writing music is as thorough as his Kings College academic career, which he abandoned to pursue music.

He says: “I write twice as much as I need to when I write a song, as I like to go away, think about it and then come back to it. I often end up stripping things back.”

The initial idea for a song can strike Bayley at any point.

“I’ll have a sound, a vocal melody, a chord or a riff in my head and often it will be in the middle of the night so I have a little guitar near my bed,” he says. “I often end up messing around with chords or recording into a hand-held recorder in the middle of the night.

“I think it happens this way, but it’s only when I go to bed that I relax and I think it’s then your ideas come.”

However, like any artist, Bayley does worry about the prospect of ideas drying up.

“It’s petrifying,” he admits. “But I think there are ways to keep them alive, like making yourself write a song with a different instrument, that forces you to think differently and come up with new ideas.”

The richness of Glass Animals’ sound is partly owing to its instrumentation, which includes guitars, bass guitar, ‘electronic stuff’ – as Bayley describes it – drum kits and tambourine.

Glass Animals have made their mark already, with 20 million streams to date and even support from Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood – Dave says: “He was curating a night at a local venue in Oxford and put us on – it was great to meet him”

The band are touring America at the moment, and writing new material while they are on the move.

Dave says: “We will be releasing some of that in due course but also working on some remixes. But we are also constantly working on our live show. I like the idea of playing a show that creates a suspension of disbelief.”

Glass Animals play Plug, Sheffield city centre, tonight. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £9.