Glass AnimalsThe son of a Welsh father and Israeli mother, singer/songwriter/guitarist Bayley spent his childhood in Massachusetts and his adolescence in Texas, immersing himself in American pop culture and the music of Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, and the Neptunes. When he was 14, Bayley and his family settled in Oxford, England. It was there that he met his friends and future bandmates Joe Seaward (drums), Drew MacFarlane (guitars/keyboards), and Edmund Irwin-Singer (bass/keyboards). As a medical school student at King's College, Bayley's insomnia led him to write songs on his computer that he shared with his friends, and it wasn't long until they started playing them together. Choosing their name from random words in the dictionary, they became Glass Animals in 2010.
LeaflingsWhile they were still at university, Glass Animals issued their 2012 debut EP, Leaflings, on Kaya Kaya Records. One of the band's shows caught the attention of acclaimed producer Paul Epworth, who signed them to his label Wolf Tone. The Black Mambo/Exxus EP appeared in Europe in 2013, and the Glass Animals EP -- which featured "Woozy," a collaboration with rapper/singer/songwriter Jean Deaux -- was released that year in the U.S. To make their debut album, Glass Animals traded their Oxfordshire home studio for one in London and refined their percolating mix of indie pop, electronic, hip-hop, and R&B. Co-produced by Bayley and Epworth and inspired in part by William Steig's book The Zabajaba Jungle, ZABA arrived in June 2014. The album reached number 12 on Australia's ARIA chart and eventually topped Billboard's Alternative New Artist Chart in the U.S. a year after it was released. Similarly, the single "Gooey" was eventually certified platinum in the States. ZABA's critical acclaim and growing word-of-mouth popularity led the band to collaborate with Joey Bada$$ on the October 2015 single "Lose Control."