Glass Animals are also gearing up for their album launch in July. Dave recognises that, while the world is constantly asking for binary, yes or no, black or white, it’s way more colourful than that. The new album is a very personal one for him: “It’s about life from my first memory until now. All the good things, bad things, funny things, confusing things. It’s meant to go through all the different stages and phases of growing up. Growing up is confusing and you spend a lot of time not knowing how you feel, feeling out-of-place, and feeling awkward”.
The band themselves have been through a lot since their last album: in 2018 drummer Joe Seaward suffered a traumatic collision when he was hit by a truck while he rode his bike. He broke his leg and lost his short-term memory meaning he couldn’t walk, talk, eat, read or write. After two life-threatening surgeries and two years of rehabilitation, he’s now thankfully returned to band practice and performing again.
“It’s ok to not know which box to tick and to not fall into a category.”
The eclectic mix of music that motivates him in the morning ranges from The Thong Song, to Beyoncé, to Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. When it comes to music as therapy, Dave likes to listen to songs that comfort him and bring him back to good memories. He curated a playlist especially for CALM with a mix of songs that do that for him: “They remind me of the people I love. A lot of the songs remind me of my mum and what she played me as a kid; what she used to sing to me. She really can NOT sing but for that reason it makes me laugh when I remember her trying”. The exclusive playlist includes everything from pop song Pink + White by Frank Ocean to blues track At Last by Etta James.
Although Dave admits that many of Glass Animals’ songs are quite dark, he feels there is always an underlying sense of optimism. His recommended tracks are the relaxing ones: “The latest song, Dreamland – the title track from the new album is pretty chill. Gooey is chill. There’s a song on the new album called Tangerine that is very bouncy and cheeky. Pork Soda from the last record is quite playful too”.
“Everyone just needs to know there are charities like CALM that provide an anonymous ear”.
It’s clear that Dave Bayley is passionate about people being able to talk about their feelings and how they’re coping. From Agnes, the very personal song he wrote for How to Be a Human Being, about a friend who died by suicide, to his time living in Texas: to his time living in Texas: “You were expected to act a certain way and speak about certain things. Speaking about any mental struggle or sadness was not encouraged. Because of that, many of the people closest to me have suffered, and they have suffered silently. Sadly, some of them did not make it. I always wonder if things would be different if they had known it was ok to feel how they did, and that they didn’t have to suffer alone.”
While he is unable to get a hug from his mum under the current circumstances, when he thinks about what else helps his mental health, he speaks of people being open and honest about how they’re feeling: “It makes me feel justified when I feel weird myself”.
And his parting message: “Stay safe out there and just know that if you’re suffering for any reason, there are people who will help”.
You can enjoy Dave Bayley’s playlist, curated for CALM HERE.