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Fresh off the back of playing a pair of shockwave shows in Manchester and London this week, Glass Animals have shared their brand new single ‘Your Love (Déjà vu)’ – released today on Wolf Tone/Polydor.
‘Your Love (Déjà vu)’ is a tantalizing first hint of what is to come from Glass Animals’ third studio album, the follow up to Mercury Prize nominated ‘How To Be A Human Being’, and its predecessor (and the band’s debut) ‘ZABA’. Paying tribute to the formative influence of both Timbaland and The Neptunes, ‘Your Love (Déjà vu)’ is a conflicted booty-call anthem, best explained in frontman Dave Bayley’s own words –
“I think we’ve all found ourselves in f*cked up relationships that make us feel sad and helpless. Not necessarily something romantic – maybe it’s with a family member or a friend. A relationship that we know on some level is going to keep breaking our hearts. We let that person back into their lives over and over again, even though it always ends the same.
“Maybe you don’t confront it because you hope it’ll change with time. Or because it’s easier to let it slide and never set boundaries. Maybe you think you deserve that unhappiness. Or maybe you find some strange comfort in the chaos.
“This song is about that… About being addicted to chaos. About doing or allowing something self-destructive because on some level you get off on the sadness that comes of it. It’s about wanting to float around and exist inside of that feeling because it has always been familiar to you. It’s something that a lot of people know from growing up in a tense household… So it can feel right to create that dynamic, even if you don’t realise you’re doing it.”
2020 already promises to be a momentous year for Glass Animals – the universally-adored British four-piece fronted by Dave Bayley with his bandmates (and childhood friends) Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer and Drew Macfarlane. As well as producing both ‘ZABA’ and ‘How To Be A Human Being,’ Dave has produced ‘Your Love (Déjà vu), and in the past worked with a number of artists outside of the band including 6lack, Khalid, Joey Bada$$, DJ Dahi, Flume and MorMor. The tone for Glass Animals was set when they dropped bombshell release ‘Tokyo Drifting’ (ft. Denzel Curry) at the close of last year and celebrated by playing a packed-out surprise secret show in a tiny venue in Oxford.
It was an important moment for Glass Animals – their first headline show playing together since drummer Joe Seaward’s cycling accident in 2018. The success and reaction to the show fortified the band to announce an extensive but incredibly intimate run of shows around the world in spring 2020 – playing some of the spaces they played when they first started out, reminding themselves of what they have and what they nearly lost and, crucially, a big thankyou to the fans who supported them throughout.
From there, Glass Animals have been announced to play alongside Tame Impala at London’s All Points East as well as summer festivals including Bonnaroo and Spain’s Mad Cool. They’ve also recently announced a headline show at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks which sold out in a matter of minutes. Due to demand, there’s a second date on sale now.
Full run of intimate shows and confirmed festival dates below:
25/02 U Street Music Hall -Washington DC
26/02 Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
28/02 The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
01/03 Mod Club Theatre – Toronto, Canada
03/03 Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
04/03 Fine Line Music Café – Minneapolis, MN
06/03 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
07/03 Sunshine Grove – Okeechobee, FL
08/03 Sunshine Grove – Okeechobee, FL
11/03 The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
12/03 The Independent – San Francisco, CA
14/03 Neumos – Seattle, WA
15/03 Aladdin Theatre – Portland, OR
19/03 Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
20/03 Buku – New Orleans, LA
23/05 All Points East – Victoria Park, London, UK
10/06 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
11/06 Iroquois Amphitheater – Louisville, KY
12/06 Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
16/06 Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO (w/Denzel Curry opening)
17/06 Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO (w/Denzel Curry opening)
08/07 Mad Cool Festival – Madrid, Spain
11/07 Pohoda Festival – Trencin, Slovakia
05/08 Obuda Island – Budapest, Hungary
08/08 Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary
21/08 Lowlands Festival – Biddinghuisen, Netherlands