Glass Animals on the Rise of ‘Heat Waves’: ‘It’s Bizarre But Amazing’

Glass Animals’ biggest single to date — a hazy, captivating track called “Heat Waves” — was born in just one hour during a late night studio session in May 2018.

Frontman Dave Bayley had been tinkering in a basement studio for hours, with lightning yet to strike. “I’d been writing all day and not really getting anywhere. Then I was like, okay, one more,” he tells Billboard by Zoom.

One more turned out to be “Heat Waves,” the fourth single from Glass Animals’ third album, Dreamland, released in August 2020. The melancholy song would eventually become the group’s first Billboard Hot 100 entry, reaching a No. 69 high on the Feb. 20-dated chart.

Meanwhile, the London-based group (comprised of Bayley, Drew MacFarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer and Joe Seaward) hasn’t been at all idle. Over the past year, aside from releasing Dreamland (and its deluxe version) in August 2020, Glass … Read the rest