Getting a nod from Radiohead could be the greatest compliment one could receive or the kiss of death that puts an unfathomable amount of pressure on a young band. But as Glass Animals drummer Joe Seaward tells Music Feeds, they weren’t aiming for perfection on debut Zaba.
“I think one of the reasons I’m proud of what we’ve done is because I feel like, when I listen to it now, it feels like it was a really brilliant snapshot of us as a band at that time… we wanted to be able to put down the best bits of us on a record, but also capture us at a point in time,” Joe explained.
“There are imperfections and it’s not the most technically proficient album in the world,” the drummer continued, “but it’s a really perfect snapshot of what we were able to do at that time. I think maybe one day we’ll listen to it and think, ‘Oh God, I can’t believe I played the guitar like that’.”
“I think, weirdly, we didn’t have a really strong idea of the sonics or what we wanted the album to sound like,” he said. “It was one of those things where we had all these ideas and thought, ‘Let’s go in and see what happens’, rather than, ‘This is exactly what we want to achieve, let’s do it.'”
Listen: Music Feeds Podcast Episode #86 – Glass Animals (Joe Seaward)