When British band Glass Animals have been tipped to make No. 1 on triple j’s Hottest 100 with Warmth Waves frontman Dave Bayley made a daring promise.
In the event that they did high the world’s greatest radio ballot he’d get a tattoo on his bottom to commemorate the feat. His bandmates made comparable guarantees.
After the Hottest 100 victory in January, industrial radio belatedly found the music, added it to excessive rotation and Warmth Waves has now spent six weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA chart, going double platinum. “It’s completely bonkers,” Bayley says of the experimental pop music turning into a mainstream hit (it’s at present climbing the US and UK charts).
“It’s a really private music, I wrote it alone in a room late at evening, it feels unusual so many individuals have heard it. The music is about lacking individuals and never having the ability to see them for one purpose or one other. On this case it’s as a result of that particular person has handed away. However the lyrics are fairly delicate, everybody’s lacking somebody proper now I believe. And it’s made it throughout to Australia after we haven’t been capable of …”
INK THE MOOD
The music’s ongoing success in Australia – the nation the place Glass Animals scored their first radio play and performed their first ever sold-out present – means Bayley is dedicated to the tattoo. He’s requested followers on Instagram to ship of their designs; a tattoo parlour is booked for Could as soon as they’ve reopened within the UK.
“A few of the submissions look extra painful than others,” the tattoo-free Bayley says. “I need the define of Australia, and don’t fear Tasmania, I received’t neglect you. I need to be pleased with this tattoo. I need to have a look at it and smile fascinated with all of the wonderful issues that got here from this music – we noticed movies of individuals dancing to Warmth Waves on the seaside in Australia in the course of the Hottest 100, that made me cry, I needed to name my mum. That was the primary time we noticed anybody dancing to the music as a result of we will’t tour clearly.”
BEHIND THE MUSIC
There’s an fascinating historical past to Warmth Waves. Bayley, who writes a lot of the band’s materials, was alone in a London studio late at evening, when a person in a swimsuit sitting at a piano complimented him on Warmth Waves as a piece in progress. That man: Johnny Depp.
“I’m 99 per cent certain it wasn’t a dream,” Bayley says. “It was an odd night.”
When he was in LA pitching songs to “one in all my favorite pop artists” he dug out Warmth Waves – the thriller artist handed on the music.
“I used to be a bit of hesitant to play it for them, as a result of it’s so private, however I additionally know that’s what this particular person needed within the songs they have been searching for. Particularly on this present second, private issues and honesty are what individuals want and admire. This was one in all my favorite artists, probably the greatest singers on the earth. However I suppose now I’m glad we stored it.”
Bayley is now working with extra artists, from a punk band to a cartoon theme, and might’t be pressed on whether or not the “wonderful” artist he’s working with was the one who turned down Warmth Waves.
“Some issues are taking place that are type of scary however thrilling. There’s stuff taking place I by no means thought may occur. I simply can’t speak about it.”
The success of Warmth Waves is much more unbelievable on condition that when Glass Animals have been set to launch their third album, Dreamland, final August their administration gave them some robust love about pandemic listening habits.
“Our managers stated ‘Look, let’s put this document out and begin writing the following one as a result of it’s going to completely tank, everybody’s simply listening to nostalgic music from their childhood proper now. Subsequent’. And I stated ‘That is my child! Your albums are like your baby, you need to give them the very best shot doable’. I do really feel insanely fortunate, some artists really want touring. I felt we have been one in all them to be trustworthy.”
Glass Animals are scheduled to begin touring within the UK on the finish of 2021, pandemic pending, and Bayley hints they’ve been locked into an Australian pageant, probably later this 12 months.
“I’ve some Australian dates in my calendar, I do know when they’re, I can’t say when as a result of everybody will know when and the place it’s. However we’re coming.”
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