Today, critically acclaimed, global-hit sensations Glass Animals release their brand new single, I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance), the first new music following their album Dreamland, that encapsulates the electrifying mood of the year that changed everything for the Oxford four-piece. Last June Glass Animals released Heat Waves, with a video that was a “love letter to live music and the culture and togetherness surrounding it,” with frontman Dave Bayley asking his East London neighbours to help film a video from their windows during lockdown. Fast forward a year, ‘Heat Waves’ has captured the hearts and minds of millions across the world and become a 930 million streaming global smash hit.
Heat Waves spent 6 weeks at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, has been since certified 6x Platinum and took out top spot in Triple J’s 2020 Hottest 100. Having just been nominated for two MTV VMA Awards for “Best Alternative” and “Best Visual Effects”, it’s no surprise that frontman Dave Bayley has spent the past year in disbelief, as he and his bandmates prepare to take on their biggest ever USA tour, selling 135K tickets in 3 days and playing two sold-out shows at the infamous amphitheatre, including The Santa Barbara Bowl and two sold-out shows at the infamous Red Rocks.
Speaking on the track, Bayley said:
“Talking is great, don’t get me wrong. But this pandemic has made so many of us look inwards in a way we maybe haven’t before. The uncertainty in the world and the inability to go out and create new memories makes you dig deep into the past. It really fed people’s deepest insecurities and rattled our foundations in so many ways. Relationships changed, friendships altered, and self-confidence was warped. I spent a lot of time talking to my dog, but even more time talking to myself in my head, which was keeping me up all night, and my friends and family were doing the same.
It felt like we were all put in a pressure cooker, but there was no way to let out the steam. That’s what this track is about – that pressure cooker exposing and expanding so many cracks but struggling to fill them in and decompress. I want people to switch their devices off, put this song on, close their eyes, and have that release for a moment.”