Living in Nashville, we are surrounded by musicians, producers, DJs, songwriters and all-round merchants of music, so we’re all bound to hear an overwhelming amount of new and totally ace records. But every so often, while sifting through the mountains of melodies, we find an instant classic; one that we know will be remembered through the years as a soundtrack to our present time and place. You know the feeling. English band Glass Animals are one such gem, and have captivated our attention with their slow indie-electro grooves that seem to echo from an ethereal concrete jungle.
The young band from Oxford will be stopping by the Exit/In TONIGHT, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m., and our friends *repeat repeat are kicking off the show. We wouldn’t bet on finding tickets at the door, so you’d best jump on it quickly and get yours here. After you lock those tickets down, be sure to read a bit more about Glass Animals and *repeat repeat after the jump.
Glass Animals are led by 23-year-old Dave Bayley who put his pending career in neuroscience on the shelf to pursue music. He roped together his childhood mates Drew MacFarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer, and Joe Seaward, and the quartet took to the stage to set a new standard in indie trip-hop. With Bayley’s smooth and sensual singing style, you’d never guess that he was so self-conscious that he hid under a duvet cover while he sang for the recording of their EP.
The boys from Oxfordshire got their big break when legendary producer Paul Epworth appeared at one of their shows and welcomed them to his label Wolf Tone. In case you’re not familiar, Epworth is known for producing and co-writing with the likes of Adele, Foster the People, Coldplay, and Florence and The Machine. In other words, Glass Animals hit the jackpot. With Epworth, they have released their 4-song EP Psylla and their 2014 debut album Zaba.
According to Belfast Telegraph, Bayley says that his mum is “still waiting for him to get a proper job,” but with the kind of musical success that only a few years have earned him, we can bet that his lab coats will be getting dustier than King Tut’s mummified wrappings. Tonight is Glass Animals’ first show in Nashville. Let’s all show them a good night.
We’ve been singing *repeat repeat‘s praises for what feels like ages now, and the trio, who blend retro rock tendencies with surf licks and modern indie rock sensibilities, just keep impressing us with each passing release. Their debut LP, Bad Latitude, dropped earlier this year, and we’ve been spinning it nonstop ever since. Between critical accolades, national tours, and impressive supporting slots all over town, *repeat repeat are clearly poised to be one of Nashville’s next breakout bands, and it’s been exciting to watch them grow over the past few years. Keep an eye out for their new record in 2015!
Glass Animals and *repeat repeat will perform tonight, Dec. 3 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available for $15.