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After capturing the global mood with their 2020 enormo-hit “Heat Waves”, Glass Animals are poised to soundtrack late-summer gatherings the world over with new single “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)”. It’s no accident that this incredibly infectious electro banger, the band’s first new song since their 2020 album Dreamland, conveys such a timely and universal sentiment. “There was definitely a point during the pandemic where I was spending so much time on Zoom and felt really wired into the internet,” says the band’s frontman and songwriter Dave Bayley. “I noticed I was having lots of these really intense conversations with people about where they were in life. And all of a sudden, I just kind of thought: ‘What we all actually need to do is let this stuff out.’”
Like so many of us, Bayley was craving the sense of release that only comes when you’re out dancing with other people, so he wrote a song about it. “I know it sounds a bit cheesy,” he says with a laugh, “but I wanted to go to a club and dance and do all those really stupid things that you do at the weekend. They’re things we’ve all been missing because they ground you and make you feel like a human again.”
“I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)” continues a career-defining year for Glass Animals. Released in August 2020, the band’s highly acclaimed third album Dreamland became their highest-charting to date, peaking at number two in the UK and inside the US top ten. Its lead single “Heat Waves” turned into a global supernova that has now racked up more than one billion global streams. In Australia, the song spent six weeks at number one, paving the way for Glass Animals to place first on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2020 countdown. In doing so, they became the first British act to achieve this coveted accolade since 2009. Last month, the band cemented their ascent by picking up two nominations for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Alternative for “Heat Waves”, as well as two nominations at the Billboard Music Awards for “Best Rock Song” and “Best Rock Album”.