Glass Animals Announce Second Album, How To Be A Human Being

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Glass Animals announced that their sophomore album, How To Be A Human Being, will be released Aug. 26.

But that’s not all. The English indie-rock outfit also premiered a new video, “Life Itself,” which is the first single taken from the album.

And, I’m still not done. Glass Animals is also embarking on a North American headlining tour this fall.

Lead singer Dave Bayley makes a conscious effort of looking inward “to the world Glass Animals have built,” instead of listening to the band’s contemporaries when making music, according to a press release. Bayley also considered an aspect that wasn’t in play when his band was creating its debut album Zaba in 2014: live audiences. “You sense what the crowds react to: big drums, bass, high tempo,” Bayley said.

How To Be A Human Being is stitched together from the experiences the band has gathered from traveling around the world. Bayley would often covertly record rants and conversations during cab rides and parties on his phone, which served as lyrical inspiration as he created characters for these people.

The “Life Itself” video is set in an old-school motel and diner—think classic family road trip across the West, but mix in a potential child-kidnapping scheme. The retro vibe from the video offsets the exotic and eclectic sound of the danceable tune.

Watch the video below and beneath it, see if the band is coming to a city near you.

Glass Animals Tour Dates

July
15 – Louisville, Ky. @ Forecastle 
16 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Sloss Fest
17 – Kansas City, Mo. @ KRBZ Beach Ball – Main Stage
18 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Criterion Theater
20 – Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks Festival
22 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
23 – Detroit, Mich. @ Mo Pop Festival
24 – Toronto, Ontario @ Way Home Music & Arts Festival

September
24 – Raleigh, N.C. @ The Ritz
25 – Washington, D.C. @ Echostage
26 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore
28 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
29 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
30 – Boston, Mass. @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

October
1 – Ithaca, N.Y. @ State Theater
5 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Riverside
6 – Chicago, Ill. @ The Riv
7 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Myth
11 – Seattle, Was. @ Paramount
12 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Queen Elizabeth Theater
13 – Portland, Ore. @ Schnitzer
16 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Greek

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