Would you care to introduce yourself?
My name is Adam Stearns and I play in a band called The Glass Animals.
How would you describe the music you make?
Always a tough question. We like to write popish songs with interesting arrangements. Every song is very different. I suppose you could put it under the category of baroque/folk/pop or kitchen sink pop?
How did you start out making music?
I have been playing music as long as I can remember. We had a drum kit, an old nylon string guitar and a very out of tune piano in our house when we were growing up. I used to come home from school and just play music for hours. It was only natural that I would join forces with my sister Alexis who also writes music. I can't really imagine not playing music.
What process goes into the way you write songs?
I usually write a song and then bring it to the band and we all figure out the best arrangements. I have found a group of musicians that I can really trust and they all have fantastic ideas as well as being incredible musicians so the songs usually take many shapes and forms and continually evolve. I think songs usually write themselves, i don't really know how to explain the process.
What can people expect from your live shows?
We either play as a three piece or as a six piece. The three piece is a more skeletal stripped back acoustic affair consisting of violin, guitar, piano and singing. When we play as a six piece we have drums and bass and electric guitar. There is quite a diverse dynamic in our live shows and a great deal of energy too. Also even though the songs are well arranged we always leave room for improvisation so each gig has a very different atmosphere.
What are you all listening to at the moment?
At the moment I am listening to Gorkys Zygotic Mynci. Jim Sullivan's album UFO. I have been listening to a lot of Judee Sill, the song 'The Donor' is incredible. I am a huge fan of Jim O'roukre and his records are never far from the player. I love Van Dyke Parks. Also I have been listening to quite a but of Moondog of late.
What can we expect to see/hear from you in the future?
Adam Stearns and the Glass Animals - Strange Weather by adamstearns+glassanimals
Adam Stearns and the Glass Animals release their debut, limited edition double A-sided single “Benjamin Bluehands/Tender Roots” on June 8th through Employment Records. You can catch them playing live at Stereo in Glasgow this coming Friday, (June 8th).