Glass Animals on the rise

Adam Stearns and the Glass Animals
Adam Stearns and the Glass Animals

SOME bands take time to warm to, while others catch you instantly.

Adam Stearns and the Glass Animals may be hoping for the latter when they release their debut single at King Tut’s next Friday – and if a first listen for this week’s Scene is anything to go by, they just might have cracked it.

The six-piece southside group have been playing a variety of festivals and gig slots across the city for the past couple of years, and even incorporated the familiar setting of the Govanhill baths into a music video.

Now, they’re releasing the double A-sided single Benjamin Bluehands/Tender Roots. Both melodic baroque pop songs, they’re still very different and yet neither feels like an add-on – if anything, two for one seems like a bargain.

The first has touches of theatrical folk about it, complete with a story about an obsessive compulsive ghost (according to singer and songwriter Adam).

The second is a softly-sung harmony affair, which the group describes as “merely a ploy to raise much needed cash for their debut LP”.

Believe the cynical claim or not, the launch takes place on June 8 at Stereo and the band are indeed putting proceeds back into said album.

n Adam Stearns and the Glass Animals play Stereo on Friday, June 8. Doors at 8pm. More info at