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Faced with a life-threatening injury, Glass Animals went "digging around in memories" with 'Dreamland' album

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In 2018, Glass Animals drummer Joe Seaward was seriously injured in a bike accident that fractured his skull and broke his leg. Two years later, he’s miraculously recovered, and a new Glass Animals album was born.

While this story has a happy ending, frontman Dave Bayley certainly didn’t know that at the beginning.

“The future looked really awful, the future looked so bleak,” Bayley tells ABC Audio. “I didn’t know if he’d survive, I didn’t know if he’d make a full recovery, or anywhere in between.”

The time Bayley spent in the hospital with his friend and band mate gave him an opportunity to reflect on his own life, what he was grateful for, and what he may have taken for granted.

“I started digging around in memories, because that’s kind of the one comfortable thing you have,” Bayley explains. “Those memories feel fresh again when you’re reliving them in this new light, new contexts. You’re a bit older and you’ve experienced a bit more.”

“That was when I kinda realized…yeah, I could make an album out all this stuff,” he says.

That was the beginning of what became Dreamland, which is out today. The third studio effort from Glass Animals follows Bayley’s life and memories, with recordings of actual home videos from his youth scattered throughout.

Fittingly, the title Dreamland comes from something one of Bayley’s favorite teachers growing up — “If you’re listening, Mrs. Brooks, big love,” he says — would say to him.

“She used to always [snap her fingers and say] ‘Dave, come back to life…you’re in dreamland again. Focus,'” Bayley recalls. “I guess I just felt like I’d gone back into that space. I was spending a lot of time in dreamland because I wasn’t really enjoying what was going on around me.”

By Josh Johnson
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