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Music / Glass Animals

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Cut back down to my knees, gotta get back, gotta get free.

Glass Animals are a Indie Pop Band from Oxford, England that formed in 2012. They are made of friends vocalist Dave Bayley, guitarist Drew Macfarlane, bassist Edmund Irvin-Singer and drummer Joe Seaward.

They made two albums, ZABA in June 2014 and How To Be A Human Being in August 2016. They are most known for the songs Black Mambo, Gooey, Life Itself, Pork Soda and "Youth." They were nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2017 for How To Be A Human Being.


  • Leaflings (EP, 2012)
  • Glass Animals (EP, 2013)
  • ZABA (2014)
  • How To Be A Human Being (2016)


"Baby, Don't Go, I'll Stop Breathing Tropes"

"Burn through my love
Just like your drugs
I've had quite enough
Or lack thereof"
  • Character Blog: The characters have ones that resemble like geocites and myspace pages.
  • Concept Album: Both ZABA and How To Be A Human Being. The former is inspired by the children's book "The Zabajaba Jungle", while the latter consists of songs written about characters the band met and stories they heard in the process of making, promoting and touring to promote ZABA.
  • Cover Version: They covered Love Lockdown at the end of ZABA.
  • Connected All Along: In the music videos and "back-matter material." The drug dealer from Cane Shuga is the boyfriend of subject in Season 2, Episode 3's video, Mrs. Moore from Poplar St. kidnaps a boy whose mother is the waitress from Youth. Life Itself's video has most of these characters, including the subject character and his mother, the subject of Mama's Gun.
  • Design Student's Orgasm:
    • ZABA has artist Micah Lidberg draw a man and woman sleeping away from each other, among animals in a strange, jungle-like enviroment, fitting the albums's "setting" and themes.
    • How To Be A Human Being by Neil Krug has a very 70s-style aesthetic and an ''awkward family photo'' of a diverse group of people, each one a subject of the albums songs, respectively.
  • Drugs Are Bad: A recurring theme How To Be A Human Being.
    • In Life Itself, Chuck Rogers is revealed in the second verse as mixing to codeine and Coca-Cola
    • The Girl described in Season 2, Episode 3 is a girl who smoke weed, while this is Played for Laughs.
    • Cane Shuga is about a man losing his girlfriend due to his coke addiction. The same girl from the second track.
    • Agnes
  • It's Snowing Cocaine: Cane Shuga, where the singer begs his lover not to go, promising to stop using cocaine.
  • "I Want" Song: Youth, in which the singer wants a better life for her son.
"I want you to be happy
Free to run, get dizzy on caffeine
Funny friends that make you laugh
And maybe you're just a little bit dappy"


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