A REAL GLASS ACT; ELECTRIC PICNIC DEBUT FOR OXFORD BUZZ BAND.
Byline: BRENDAN McKEOWN & MARK WHYTE
Few acts have caught the imagination over the last few years like Oxford quartet Glass Animals.
The off-kilter strides of their 2014 debut Zaba singled them out as a force to be reckoned with, and world tours and chart stardom soon followed.
On their sophomore effort, How To Be A Human Being, they've surpassed themselves, doling out imaginative glitchy pop nuggets reminiscent of Talking Heads in their Remain In Light era.
But for frontman Dave Bayley, a one-time medical student, the life of a rock star wasn't ever something he'd fantasised about.
He told the Beat:"To be honest, it wasn't something that I had really dreamed about. I was in college studying to be a doctor.
"When I was growing up, you weren't told that music was an achievable career. That you could record and tour and make a decent living out of it, that was basically impossible.
"So it wasn't something I grew up thinking 'this is what I want to do.' It was something we did for fun. I just feel really lucky to be doing it now."
Zaba was fun as hell, if a little bit introspective and at times, unaccessible. On How To Be A Human, they've created a collage of real life stories collected on the road, on a record brimming with ideas from start to finish.
Dave said: "I think we were conscious of wanting to something different on this record. It was almost the opposite.
"On the first record we started with just electronics, with the beats and the production because it felt very natural. But then we looked back at the first record and realised it was quite abstract, and that the lyrics were hard to get into.
"I started collecting all these little stories that I had been hearing on the road. We met so many amazing people over those 18 months, and they all had their own stories to tell.
"These stories eventually became the lyrics, which is what we actually started out with this time, the production and everything else came after that.
"After writing the lyrics I would start developing the characters a bit more, what kind of person they might be, then that automatically allows you to start writing music that would work for them.
"For instance in'Life Itself'the character is a bit of a sci-fi geek, so the chords are kinda like weird sci-fi theme chords.
"Sometimes of course, the character is me. But I think it's important to keep that hidden, I don't want it to take away from the other characters on there."
The band also showed their diversity recently by collaborating with hip-hop star Joey Bada$$ on the track 'Lose Control.'
And as luck would have it, Mr Bada$$ plays the Rankin Woods stage directly after Glass Animals' 6.15pm slot on Saturday, so don't be surprised if he makes an appearance during their set.
NEXT BIG THING: Glass Animals
COLLAB: Rap star Joey Bada$$
IN FULL FLIGHT: Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley